Oh man, freakish lookin, heck three-three and a half pound spots at normal lakes are this long! It honestly looked like they shouldnt have been able to swim they were so freakin girthy. Mine was only like 2-3 inches longer than joes but was 1lb 4oz heavier.....we fizzed em before releasin and it made no difference to their girth, kokanee fed freaks of nature. True trophy class fish in that lake.
And @Matt, the fight was actually really only the last 20 ft. The surface temp was 49 mid day in the sun so down there I could imagine how cold it was. It hit like a ton, but then just very very heavy dead weight, I thought it was smaller, then when it got to about 20 ft and realized what was up it went pretty nuts, the sheer power of spots that big is amazing,you know at any moment they could make a quick burst and snap that light line like nothin. I can't wait to go back when they move up and have a little more energy, I can only imagine the sound of the drag!
Joe caught his 5.5 on 6lb test on a 6.6 ft ml shimano spinning rod with a tiny little shimano 50 spinning reel(looked like bluegill rod and a toy reel) that only holds a max of 60yds/ 6lb test, it was impressive to watch him slowly work that fish up from 40ft.