David Hays' World Record Smallmouth Bass

Weight: 11 pounds, 15 ounces.
Angler: David Hays
Date: July 8 / 1955
Location: Dale Hallow Lake, Kentucky
Length: 27 inches •Girth: 21.66 inches

As usual, there is controversy. Raymond Barlow, whoever the hell he is, submitted an affidavit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stating that Hayes' fish had only weighed 8 lb 15 oz and that he had stuffed three pounds of metal in the fishes' mouth and stomach to make it a record.

Most records that pre-date the 70s are not accurate. Fish were not properly weighed or documented. Over-excited fisherman often added 30% to the size and weight of a fish. Many records that have been submitted are of people that catch fish and then let the story grow for a few years before entering.

In this case, if you input the dimensions into a bass weight calculator, it shows the fish should weigh over 10 pounds and close to what David's claims are. David Hays does have the World Record Smallmouth Bass according to the IGFA.