Saturday, December 31, 2005

IFGA Reinstates Smallmouth Record From 1955

A 50 year old world record for smallmouth bass that had been previously set aside has been reinstated. David Hayes of Litchfield, KY caught the 11 pound 15 ounce fish in 1955 but another angler challenged the catch by saying that Mr. Hayes had stuffed three pounds of metal down the fish before having it weighed.

"Further investigation also found that the dimensions of Hayes' fish would make it very unlikely to weigh 8 pounds, 15 ounces when you compare it to the previous (Gorman's) All-Tackle fish's dimensions of 26 inches in length and 21 inches in girth. Based on this information, the IGFA decided to reinstate David Hayes' catch as the All-Tackle smallmouth bass record," Schratwieser said.

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