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Va. 'Frankenfish' confirmed as world record

Thursday - 8/8/2013, 9:07am  ET

Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds open Monday June 3, 2013, the mouth of the 17 pound 6 ounce northern snakehead fish that he caught in Aquia Creek in Virginia. He has filed paperwork with the International Game Fish Association to have the fish registered as a world-record catch. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Griffin Moores)
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SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) -- A 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead snagged by a Spotsylvania County plumber has been certified a world record catch of the invasive species some call "Frankenfish."

The monster was hauled in by 27-year-old Caleb Newton in Aquia Creek on June 1.

The Free Lance-Star ( reports that the International Game Fish Association has confirmed the record catch. It beat a 17-pound, 4-ounce snakehead caught in Japan in 2004.

Jack Vitek is world record coordinator for the IGFA, which is based in Florida. He says a certificate is on its way to Newton confirming his catch as a record.

The snakehead can breathe air, survive on land and adapt and thrive in foreign environments. Some have dubbed it "Frankenfish" for its fearsome appearance and adaptability.


Information from: The Free Lance-Star,

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