Phillyfishing I have fished the river for 20 years and have caught 100's of spring stripers on bloods, the biggest in the river going 42". I have always used a fish finder rig, use a 2oz-4oz pyramid type sinker, depending on wind, current and type of line, w/ a 5/0 circle hook, I think certain times of the year you are only permitted to use the circle hooks on the river, but I have gotten used to the circle hooks and use them exclusively when fishing stripers. I like a 20lb florocarbon leader on the hook to be at least 18". I force feed the blood worm the hook through its mouth run as much of the worm up the hook as I can and leave 2"-3" to flutter in the current, others like to make a worm glob on the hook using several worms, both seem to work. Good Luck let us know how you make out!