A buddy and myself motored up a local river to see what was going on. I had my usual setup for winter river fishing. That is an 8wt with a sinking leader. I was thowing fly rod spoons and jigs. I ended up hooking into many sandbass each one at least 2 lbs and up. Each one took at a minimum 5 minutes to land on an 8wt. They fought very hard and showed much courage. We kept two for a shore lunch. Those two fed two grown men who love to eat. It was a great day of fishing. If you live down south, you might want to check your local rivers for any sandie activity.