I was wandering the same thing. I have never "tried" catching em for bait just lucked into it. I was wanting to target skipjack this year instead of just using bream.
I'm gonna get the boat out this week or coming weekend and give it a shot tho. I'll let you know if I have any luck.
I was on the river by Conway Saturday and the main river was 47-48 degrees. Some of the backwaters had water in the mid-50's, but that should drop this week some. I'm not sure about skipjack because I've only fished for them in the summer.
Figures it was still cold. I was optimistic that fishing was gonna kick up early this year, but that all changed with this weeks forecast. Dang cold. Once the lows are out of the 30s for a bit I plan on getting out whenever I can and fry up and grill as many fish as possible.
You can catch all ya want below the hydro plant fishin jigs. Especially if you fish them too fast and don't let em get down where the whites are. Or you can buy em at bait shops like hatcht jacks either whole or cut.