I don't think I've ever caught a larger 'Gill than this. Especially locally. Some down on Reelfoot lake may have come close but this is a monster for around here. The photos really don't do the fish justice. Belive me --- the fish looked larger in person.
Sorry about the photo quality, but this is the best we could manage.
It really DID measure out right at 11"
I know this shot does not show the fish, but it was the only way to see the weight.
This guy fought so valiantly, & lived such a charmed life I put him back for someone else to catch and enjoy. So somewhere in Pondo is one BIG'OL 'GILL!!