Peanuts work great for all the above.Great bait for larger fluke out on the ocean.We used them for our primary bait last fall weakfishing,they love them.
I had a bunch last fall that I froze in my bait freezer,going to test them out soon when there is some decent flukin on the reefs.
Last year we had a spot on the LE reef that was holding some large flukasaurus's,luckily one day before they departed the peanuts showed up.We were able to net a few for the next morning,the fish reall smashed them hard.Think we had a few fish over 4-5 lb range that day with the big one going 7+.
My primary bait when they show. I stop using minnow traps. A quick toss of the net and the livewell is full. Free too!!!!!! Flounder, yep.
Offshore, put them on flat wire lines and blues, sharks and dolphin will grab em. Great bait.
The best bait in the summer for the back. Problem is with the delivery.
Slow drift them for fluke on the bottom, you will get your share of weakies and stripers too.
Bridge fishing is tough with them from an anchored boat, and the blues will typically have there way. A great technique is to make multiple drifts through any bridge with a slight weighted peanut. Takes time but a great technique.
Trick is to keep the bait about mid water column, moving naturally throught the strike zone, ie. with the tide Stripers love to feed from a bottom up direction
I use 'em for fluke each summer....come August they'll be plenty of bigger peanuts around to use....I my experience, they greatly outfish killies....doesn't matter if used dead or alive (for fluke at least....)....frozen peanuts work well, and you don't have to worry about keeping them in a livewell or aerated tank....can fish them on bucktails, but their mouths tend to tear fairly easily....I usually fish them on a plain gold fluke hook tied to a 3-way, with a teaser a foot or so above the 3-way swivel...Mike
Ditto on difficulty keeping them alive.
But dead peanuts do produce.
I sometimes cut a gash in the side.
I like to think that it will put some scent in the water, such as chunking.
My favorite way to fish them is to live line them at night. If you have access to a dock with lights you should be able to cast net the swirling schools under the lights.
Then get some of those lighted bobbers at Kmart and snelled hooks with about 24" of leader. Hook the peanut behind the dorsal and cast out past the shadow line. You can watch the peanut pull the bobber around. When a predator is near the bobber will start to move differently and when the bobber disappears under the water you can then set the hook. The disappearance of the light gives you a chance to begin your hookset before you feel the pull on the line.
I've caught Blues, Weaks and Striper this way.
Also, that 50lb Black Drum caught in Lakes Bay a few years ago was caught on this same rig.
exactly Grady...my point was that I have watched many people load five gallon buckets and the bunker are dead in five minutes...keep what you can use or keep alive then there will be bunker for a long time.
One night, I watched a guy cast net thousands off a pier and unless he was selling them to a bait store, there was no way he could ever use all of those bunker.
I could keep about 100 peanuts alive in a 12 gallon livewell for about 6 hours, then they get red nosed. Sometimes more when the water is a little colder. When I went to buy the new boat, I insisted on a big livewell. I have a 25 gallon well. Bring on the peanuts and mullet as well. The little yellow bucket stinks. No good for this really. Need 600 to 1000 Gallon per hour pump too and circle or oval well. In the South where king mack fishing and Florida, it's unthinkable to be without a livewell and a cast net. Simply unthinkable. People in the northeast have a hard time ditching the bucket. You want to step up, get a nice live well. If your old boat doesn't have one, rig one in.
Take plenty of peanuts to the reef too. Chum them live and the mahi, blues, bonita and sharks will come right to your prop while you flounder fish. So keeping more becomes important so you can liberally toss them over the side!!!
What Make Me Nuts means, is when you drop a big heavy net on a school. Sometime you get over a thousand peanuts. Too many to handle and pain in the back.
Underdog...I use a plastic 50 gallon drum that I cut down a bit...I installed one of the micro bubblers (works great!...better than the "sprayer") and it works like a charm.
I would guess that it holds about 30 gallons or so...I can keep a fair number alive for many hours but you still have to be careful not to overfill it. The water is nasty brown at the end of the day.
I would love to have a permanent livewell on my boat...some day I will have an excellent, fixed livewell. I alos like using spearing or silversides for flounder fishing...these are very tough to keep alive but the bubbler works well.
That will work fine for now. The only issue with a bubbler is it doesn't discharge old water and bring in new. The water can get warm, and worse, full of excrement and waste from the menhaden which toxifies the water causing them to die over time.
You could rig an intake off the stern or underneath the boat and the discharge over or out a thru hole in the side. Using your drum. It's a few hours of work. Or I bet a boat specialist could do it. You really need that 700 gallon per hour flow. Of course, you have to go with what ya got. Gotta love the effort you are putting in!