Sand eels are primary striper forage up and down the East Coast, and nothing is more effective at mimicking them than a metal lure. But by altering your presentation, you can pick through the schoolies and find more cows. "When sand eels are thick, cast out and just let the lure sit on the bottom," says Martins. "Then every once in a while, give it a twitch. If it takes ten minutes to get the lure back on the beach, so be it." The idea here is twofold. For starters, larger bass tend to hug the bottom, so the method is keeping the lure in the cow zone. Secondly, the puff of sand created by a fleeing sand eel is a visual cue for bass to attack.