Sandcrab-I use one of those floating bait cages that you use to keep your freash water fish alive while your in the boat,I put a 30'rope tyed to the handle then to the pier,works great,any sporting goods store has them.
All those ideas work but just remember it is tiresome to be pulling the rope up and down from the pier. And in reality you couldn't use the small minnow bucket if you were trying to keep more than 2 spot alive. In the fall the spot start leaving and sometimes at the tank the spot are hitting and then they are not. So try to catch a few just in case the spot stop biting and the rock do. Nothing worse than having a few nice runs and running out of bait
You can do it on a spinning reel. The baitrunners are just nice cause they have a separate control for the drag and for the baitrunner.
Using a spinning reel (or baitcaster), just set your drag so a big fish can pull line out and believe me, you'll hear the line going out. Its an unmistakeable sound!
Baitrunners are sweet though if you have $ to spend.
Care to keep answering dumb questions, lol? OK, I've caught myself a few spot, have thrown them in a bucket with an aerator. Now, I hok one up (I assume under the backbone by the dorsal?)... do I just open the bail and drop it over the side, allowing it to take it's own amount of line uout? I assume I don't really want to cast it any distance, lol... when do I close the bail with the bait having taken enough line?
Rugger when livelining I use the drum rig so the fish can take some line when bait is eaten with 2-4 oz of weight depending on tide. Usually the fish doesn't take a bunch of line so I don't worry about when to close it. If you get a lively one though cut a quarter piece off it tail and it won't be swimming very far but will swim erratic and entice the stripers. Casting is really your preference. You are not going to be able to cast very far with that setup and bait so make the call. I often do at the tank and have caught many so just preference and structure that matters. Hope this helps
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