Scott.........The biggest striper I personally caught was in the rips, a fish just over 45 pounds. I caught this on one of the inshore rips where the tide doesn't run very strong. Instinctively, large stripers know they can't hunt effectively in the turbulent rip conditions we most commonly fish. Interestingly, every large cow that inhabits the bay this time of year, swam through the rips to get there, so they obviously are there on their voyage. Stripers in the rips are sight hunting compared to olfactory (smell) hunting in the calmer waters of the bay. This is the reason bucktails are so effective. This year we caught some fish close to 30 pounds using live croakers in some of the middle shoal areas in the rips. There are always exceptions to all generalities, and some days, clams will outfish all other baits, even in the rips, although this is rare. And, what keeps fishing interesting, is that you never know what will happen! Catch em up my friend.