Near the end of the outing I pointed out a spot at the top of a tight feed funnel and told Kevin that is where the alpha predator would be laying. A couple casts later and some positioning and Kevin hit the sweet spot.
His gold panther martin size nine was rocked. We saw the huge male brown go up on its side and we were all three awed at the "Bronze Beast" he had hooked up on. This thing was in its full fall spawning colors and an amazing hooked jawed slob.
I had Kevin go down stream a ways to find a good place to net it. I navigated the soft slippery bank and netted it. All that was left to do was take some photos.
The tail was at the crock of Kevin's elbow and its length ran out past his hand.
Kevin's personal best by a long ways.