|Joe "Cornbread" Alissandrello with a nice skipjack.|
The skipjack herring is a flat-out cool fish. Aggressive, strong, sleek as a bullet. Dead ringer for a small tarpon, a hooked skip will take the fight to the air early and often in the fashion of his salt water brethren. Nip and tuck all the way to the net and that 5 wt. suddenly feels a bit flimsy.
And yet many anglers would rather see an old shoe on the hook. Another worthy gamer relegated to "trash fish" status.