When we say the reds have been 'beasty' lately we're not kidding. This one went about 15 1/4 lbs...about 33 inches.

Don't care who you are [big trout snob or not], tangling with something having this much power in less than knee deep water is cool. 

There were several of these guys in here this day. You could see them wake and leave mud boils as they turned on bait.