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Va. man hopes snakehead catch is world record

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 2:26pm  ET

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Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds Monday June 3, 2013, 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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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- A Virginia man is hoping his big catch is a world record.

Caleb Newton of Spotsylvania County hooked a 17 pound, 6 ounce northern snakehead on Saturday while fishing on the Potomac River tributary of Aquia Creek. The current hook-and-line world record northern snakehead is 17 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught in Japan.

The Free Lance-Star reports (http://bit.ly/15xmTMG) that Newton had the fish weighed at a sporting goods store. The 27-year-old plumber must send an application and the scale that was used to weigh the fish to the International Game Fish Association to see if it's an official world record.

The invasive species from Asia was first discovered in a Maryland pond in 2002 and since then has spread into several Chesapeake Bay tributaries.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/


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