A cow striped bass is like an aging heavyweight fighter. It lacks the speed and showboating of bluefish or false albacore, so it relies on experience and raw power to drop surf fishermen to their knees. In addition to the haymakers delivered by the striper's savage head shakes, a bass will lean on its rocky, current-swept environment to stack the deck even further. To KO a giant striped bass, every aspect of your tackle has to be as tough as your quarry, including your lures. While few lures are truly big-bass-proof right out of the package, clever surf casters have found ways to modify top producers to handle a heavy bass. Here are three easy tweaks to proven cow catchers, born from the ingenuity of anglers who spent a lot of time in the ring with giants.