I've heard of Skippies being called "Poorman's Tarpon". They look like a Tarpon, and this one certainly acted like a Tarpon, running and jumping.
I've considered myself to be a "catfish angler" for years; just this year changing to "multi-species". If I would have had a cooler with me, those Skippies would have become catfish bait very quickly.
This general location of the river has a WIDE VARIETY of different fish. As long as you're using minnows, shad, or anything that looks like them, you can and will catch all sorts of things. A buddy of mine was with me earlier that morning, and he completed a goal he set for this year; he caught a Sauger on a streamer.