These are my go-to. I consider them my "baseline" lure. Caught plenty of stripers and bluefish with these. In the surf on the beach, off rocks - All around South County spots in Rhode Island. Tweak it just right and you feel the swimming action kick in. They don't dive too deep, so they are versatile in that regard. Downside is they love catching weeds. I've had luck with bone, chartreuse, mullet, chicken scratch, wacky mack.
Swims really well, the pattern worked really well in New Jersey
Tried the hydro minnow on a whim last year...saved many nights for me. In my opinion it casts slightly better than the SP and swims a little shallower. Never hit the surf without a couple hydro minnows in my bag.
The Hydro minnow is an excellent swimming plug. It has a really nice magnetic weight transfer system, so it cast very well (much better than a salt pro) and is very durable. The finish is also great. I typically replace the rear treble with a single hook or flag which extends the profile a bit. Overall, this is one of my go-to lures when trying to determine if there are fish in the area.