Nice Post Angler!
Did you catch it on a top water? How deep is the water where you were fishing?
Reds are heating up here on the gulf coast of Alabama as well. I went 3 days last week and caught more than a dozen on live shrimp in about 10 feet of water in Mobile Bay. Good fishing should accelerate now with the water temperature getting closer to the sixties.
Alphonse, this one caught me by surprise. I was expecting a good size trout in the area where I was casting. It hit my lure and immediately started running towards the boat, leaving a huge wake behind it. I knew it wasn't a trout at that point. I had already switched to soft plastics. Was using a Bass Assassin silver with chartreuse tail in around 12 to 14 inches of water.