The Creek Chub Striper Strike could cause you to stop and scratch your head.

“Is it a surface chugger or slow-sinking lure?” you might ask.

In fact, it is both.

A long-time favorite lure for surf-fishing, casting across tailwater currents and casting to schooling game fish (especially striped bass), the Striper Strike is most commonly fished as a surface lure. When worked with rhythmic snaps and just a bit of slack in the line, it walks side to side. Jerk harder and with a tighter line, and it pops or chugs and moves in a straighter line. Heavy weighting allows for crazily long casts, and as long as you keep a Striper Strike moving fairly steadily, it never has time to sink.

That said, the body design of Striper Strike also allows it to do its dance routine beneath the surface, and the cupped face still displaces a lot of water to attract fish. Depending on the amount of time you wait before putting your lure into motion after a cast, you can work it barely beneath the surface or several feet down in the water column through series of rod snaps and pauses.

When stripers or bluefish push schools of baitfish to the surface, the biggest fish in the school commonly holds a little below the smaller fish that are busting on the top. In such cases, pausing just a few seconds before beginning a presentation and working a Striper Strike a few feet beneath the surface often will produce bigger fish.

Other times, chugging the bait across the surface will get the fish’s attention, but when you pause it for a moment and let it fall like a dying baitfish, that will trigger a strike from a following fish.

A slow-sinking surface lure might seem like an odd concept, but in truth it’s a best of both world’s design.

The Striper Strike comes in three sizes that range from 3 ½ to 5 inches long and in six color patterns.