From the World Record Smallie caught by D. L. Hayes in 1955, to Paul Beal’s 1986 wonder caught on eight pound test line, this book showcases the history of the 10 Dale Hollow Lake bronze-backs listed in the world record top 25.


Shell shows Smallmouth fishing’s past and offers hints and theories about the future of fishing on Dale Hollow Lake. Included are comments from some of smallmouth’s greatest fishermen, including the late Billy Westmoreland’s top 10 ways to catch this golden fish. Stephen Headrick, “the smallmouth guru,” and renowned smallmouth guide, Bob Coan, share their wisdom on the subject as well as their top 10 lists for catching a record smallmouth bass.


The book is illustrated with more than 75 images, including maps of Dale Hollow Lake, marina guides, photos of the top three catches, a photo gallery of Dale Hollow Lake smallmouth catches and more. Anglers will also enjoy the lists of related web sites, fishing guides, and fishing regulations for the area.

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