Caught this bass today. Two photos of the same bass. The rod handle from butt to tip is 10 1/4 inches and my sandal is a 9 1/2. My sandal should be about 12" long, most of my shoes are. I'm guessing this bass is in the 8 to 10 pound range, although I didn't have scales with me. It was too far back to the house to keep him in good condition just to weigh him so I released him on the spot, in good shape.
The blue gill is one of six I caught in this size. These have the short ear flaps that are black with a rim of red. They were all about 10 inches long and thick and heavy bodied. They would have been a superb eating size had I been in the mood for bluegill. But alas, I wasn't, so they too were released in good shape.
That bass put up a tremendous fight, and so did the gills.