The Kentucky angler caught the bass on July 9, 1955. Because Dale Hollow Lake lies in both Kentucky and Tennessee, both states claimed the record. But in the mid-1990s, an affidavit surfaced that had been submitted by guide Raymond Barlow six weeks after the fish was caught, claiming that he had added weight to the fish. As a result, the IGFA disqualified the record. Kentucky followed suit. As Tennessee considered doing the same, evidence was discovered that vindicated Hayes.