To catch these fish we bottom fished on the Chesapeake in water that was 18 to 30 feet.
Rigging had a 2 ounce sinker at the end (to help keep it at the bottom in the firm current.) About 12 inches above it, was a rig with a floater, a bead to hold it in place, and a hook (~Crappie-sized) on which we put bloodworm (very good) or fake bloodworm (good). About 16 inches up from the first hook was the same floater-bead-hook and bait rig. These rigs were bought pre-made.
We caught Croaker, Spot, and White Perch. All fish were between 5” and 13”. The best fishing was at 20 feet or so; out at 30 feet we caught a big Croaker or two, but little else. As always, finding a place where we could sink the line quickly and feel the bottom then tense the line was critical to detecting nibbles.
We fished these rigs on monofilament (6-8 pounds) seeing as each fish caught was less than 1 pound in weight.