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I figured out that "peanuts" and "bunker" are one and the same. Are "peanuts" smaller fish and why are they called "peanuts"? Sorry, I'm just an ignorant but curious guy living in Hawaii...

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"peanuts" are juvenile menhaden, born in the spring, hanging out in estuaries and salt marshes before gathering in bays and inlets and then heading south.....any that escape being netted and fed to perdue's chickens grow to full-fledged "bunker" status (or pogies where i live).....

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Peanuts are about the size of your thumb or a little bigger, hence "peanut" sized. At least that's where I always thought it came from.

 

There are also "dime bunker", which are, um, dime sized. biggrin.gif

 

Any reason why small mackerel are called "tinker macks"? Could never figure that one out.

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...and thanks for educating the ignorant. smile.gif

 

You aren't ignorant. I've been to Hawaii and there are all kinds of fish right in the harbor at Waiikiki that I had no idea what they're called.

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