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Va. Fisherman Reels In World's Largest Snakehead Fish

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A giant northern snakehead snagged by a Spotsylvania County plumber is being hailed as a world record.

The 17-pound, six-ounce monster was hauled in by 27-year-old Caleb Newton in Aquia Creek on June 1.

The International Game Fish Association has confirmed the record catch. It beat a 17-pound, four-ounce snakehead caught in Japan in 2004. The International Game Fish Association is in the process of confirming the catch as a record.

Jack Vitek is world record coordinator for the International Game Fish Association, 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.

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