Another top striper skipper who favors live bait for autumn cows is Capt. Ned Kittredge. ‚ÄuLive-bait fishing for stripers is one of the most productive methods available‚ "provided you can obtain good bait," says Capt. Kittredge, who runs his 33-foot Hydra-Sports Watch Out from Westport, Massachusetts. "In recent years, since the conservation ban on‚ river herring‚ [alewives and blueback herring], I've caught large stripers on mackerel, eels, menhaden, porgies and Atlantic herring. The biggest secret is maintaining the bait‚ quality."