a function of where you are fishing...
when I send the daughters out, if they don't have live eels or menhaden (which they gravitate to) or they aren't flycasting, we prospect with
1 rubber or bucktail
rubber = lead head shad or sluggos with internal weight tandam rigged or carolina egg 1/4 to 1/2 oz, or the sexier hoagies or ronz lures...when the blues start to do an AIG on the pocketbook, we get out of rubber...
swimmers are undersized atom swimmers or loaded bombers, always but always with a dropper. Swimmers are loaded with 10 20 cc of menhaden oil...The dropper is monocolored white, yellow or charteuuse- size 2/0 to 3/0, kept sharp!
poppers are yello or bloo, undersized as will with a single rear hook dressed in white bucktail
bucktail is a must have- but fishes 1000% better with porkrind, squid strip or curly tail...it allows you to prospect themeat of a rip by adjusting weight and angle of retrieve..
cast just off parallel to the beach in varied angles until you are lobbing it at Spain, and repeat.
..flourocarbon leaders or a 60 lb mono lightly sanded with 400 grit emery
loop knot or rounded snap
(I'm making it all up!)