Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 27, 2013

Hayes' record still hot topic

Loy Milam
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Anytime Dale Hollow Lake is mentioned, fishermen immediately think “world record smallmouth.” It is a recognition that has been attached to the lake for almost 58 years. But the record has had its questions over the years.

On July 9, 1955 David L. Hayes, of Leitchfield, caught an 11-pound, 15-ounce smallmouth bass that would remain the undisputed world record for more than 40 years.

Hayes caught the bass while trolling a pearl wooden #600 Bomber crankbait (Bomber Bait Company of Gainesville, TX produced the wooden Bombers from 1944 until 1971) in the mouth of Illwill Creek, near Phillips Bottom, north of Trooper Island. Hayes was trolling the Bomber 600 in a trough between two weed beds between 10 and 10:30 a.m., using a Tru-Temper steel rod, Penn Peer 209 reel and 20-pound-test line. Hayes’ huge smallmouth was 27 inches long with a girth of 21 and 2/3 inches. The majority of Dale Hollow Lake lies within Tennessee.

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