Spring Stripers will readily hit artificial lures. Most surf casters and striper fans know that. You will see and probably use most of your "tin" lures at that point....Kastmaster...and the typical array of minnow like metal lures. And use them with success I may add....But want a little different approach?..Try a Rapala! Of course all of us have and will always use the famed rapala swimmers, but have you tried the suspended version???? My opinion is that they are now as ready too thrash the top for the old floater...so give them the bait more in their strike zone for this time of year.....Please Practice Catch and Release.