I too have been lucky enough to experience the Smallie + Trout days on the same rod on the Housie. I've often wondered about the relative fighting merits of the two species and really can't make my mind up. Just when you think one has the upper hand, the other comes along and proves you wrong!
Pound for pound the hardest, meanest, ornery scrapper I ever encountered is a mangrove snapper. I swear they have a full vocabulary of cuss words that they spit at you when hooked. I wish they grew to 30lb