In spring, coastal striped bass gorge on menhaden—a.k.a. bunker. In freshwater, landlocked stripers chow down on gizzard shad. Both of these baitfish can measure up to 14 inches, which means they’re not likely to get eaten by a small bass. The problem with these species, however, is that they school tightly together, and when stripers are attacking a giant pod of menhaden or shad, the one with the hook in it doesn’t stand out from the rest.