Very , Very SloWWW retrieve along the bottom-every couple seconds as your reeling slowwwwwly in - slight pop-pop-pop-up and down - basically this poping up and down is getting the slack(bend) out of your line - usually will get a strike right after you stop the popping and going back to the slowwwww retrive along the bottom. In the Spring try it with a a long thin piece of fresh mackeral (sort of like a long thin piece of squid as you would use for fluke----only thinner). In the fall - pork rinds are great also! BUT - I caught my 1st 2 stripers off the ole Miss Cape May with Capt.Don back in dec.of 1994 - just deadsticking a plain,undressed red and white 2 oz.bucktail - as the boat bounced thru the rips!!Even Steven said:Bucktail is one of the only methods that I have never caught a Striped Bass. Guess I'll have to try harder. How do you guys work the bucktail? Steady retrieve raising the rod tip every few seconds? Do you tip the bucktail with anything?