Stripers will eat almost anything. But they are often fussy about their diet, eating only what's prevalent, and ignoring everything else.
In the Spring, there is very little bait in the water, and those hungry stripers have red noses from rooting on the bottom. They are eating clam spat and seaworms. They will not look up. This makes a surface lure a poor proposition. Rubber shads or bucktails rule in the Spring. Clams are a good choice, especially when the beach is lined with them after a storm. SANDWORMS often do better IF it hasn't been stormy. A 2/0 baitholder hook, (BRONZE) with a 3 way swivel and a heavy weight is a good way to go. (The fish get your worm on the first strike, and often the heavy weight does the hooking for you ...save the fishfinder rig for cut bait.)
Once the bunker arrive, THEY are the bait of choice. If you can't get to a B&T, go to the fish store and buy herring or mackeral.
After a while, when you want a bit more sport, you might try fooling the fish with a bit of plastic, or a piece of tin. If you're releasing, you get less gut-hooked fish that way. I find it easier to be active, rather than waiting for a bite. Hold your rod in your hand, do not spike it! You have NO IDEA how often your bait is being mouthed and spit out when the rod is in the spike. A technique that has worked for me in baitfishing is to immediately throw some slack when I feel a nibble. Then I watch the belly in the line as it disappears. If it is slow, I will throw more slack until it speeds up, or is about to get too far away for an effective hookset. Fish that are lip hooked fight better than fish with a hook in their belly.
Take it for what it's worth, but I have been fishing a long time. As I look back over the years, every single fish that was memorable, was caught on artificial. (OK, eel's are a "living lure", so they don't count as bait!)
Eels are a good crossover. Use a 4x short shank tuna hook 5/0 and 50# leader material. Under the chin and out the eye. Summer nights. No weight. Just cast and S-L-O-W-L-Y retrieve. You're really just keeping the line just tight enough to feel the weight of the eel (or SOME of it)..THROW SLACK ON THE HIT, throw some more, then, when the line comes tight, SLAM IT.
If you insist on spiking your rod and baitfishing, at least have the decency to use circle hooks!