The IGFA has not budged. Nagai caught his 5 pound, 9 ounce smally while fly fishing Japan's Lake Inawashiro. Patrick Hildenbrand caught this freaky-fat smallmouth in a bass fishing tournament at Cape Vincent, New York, and though it was initially reported as 8. It makes no sense. The dock hand's allegations were dismissed as the vengeful rants of a disgruntled employee who almost certainly wasn't even present on the day of the catch. He even spoke with John Barlow's brother, Ira, a Cedar Hill clerk and guide who was at the dock when Hayes came in and whom John implicated in the alleged tampering. First Name Last Name Email.
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Hayes learned of the disqualification when Bassmaster senior writer Colin Moore called to interview him in Recommended Videos. The family had been coming to the lake from their Leitchfield, Ky. Abundant forage combined with year-around feeding produces big fish over a relatively short time span.