In past years, we would enjoy a blast of peanut bunker in late August early September, but my logs indicate that there have been few peanuts along Plum Island for several years.
The principal baitfish continues to be huge schools of small sandeels, with the occasional explosion of tinker mackerel coming through, providing an alternate food source for the bass and bluefish.
Bunker and baby bunker are at best, scarce up here now, as are bass under 22" . . they just aren't around like they were 5-10 years ago.
There are silversides further upriver, . . but Joppa and downriver is dominated by sandeels.