Stripers are bottom feeders.
need to get the lure down.
read up on it.
are more common and are more likely to get your bait.
Someone else mentioned live eels. Bunker also.
The pros use/sell ss line (it sinks) marked at 100 yard intervals - so xxx many yards out means so many feet down to match the depth
. (need to get the lure down near the bottom below the blues).
Anyway - I caught exactly one blue all last season. A NY state license
allows for 1 large and one smaller striper...