If you are fishing in an area where there are not a lot of potential "snags" for a striper to wrap you up, I would not have a problem with 15 pound test mono. At this time of year, when lots of smaller fish are around, I like to use circle hooks. In my experience the circles seem to result in less gut-hooked fish. Size of the circles is a personnal preference thing, but I generally use a size or two larger than the normal J-hook.
Must have caught a hundred or more stripers in the Chesapeake on bloodworms. Used whatever size hooks I had in my tacklebox at the time. We used circle hooks for chumming with bunker. Where I fished, the stripers could be anywhere from 12" to 3 feet and there were also weakfish, croakers, white perch, spot, puppy drum, blues, etc. It was always a mixed bag so I wasn't extremely worried about hook style and size. Most times I chose whatever the general store had that looked good. Then again - these aren't the best choices...but they're adequate. Caught plenty of stripers on top and bottom rigs. If you have what they want to eat in front of them, the rest is just details
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