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'Frankenfish' hooked in Virginia sets a world record

Caleb Newton reeled in the 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead.

By Associated_Press Aug 8, 2013 3:17PM

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who caught a fish known as "Frankenfish" has set a world record.

Caleb Newton with a northern snakehead, or 'Frankenfish' / Griffin Moores/APCaleb Newton hooked the 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead in a creek in northern Virginia during a fishing tournament June 1. The "Frankenfish" gets its nickname because of its appearance and adaptability. The invasive species native to Asia is able to breathe air and survive in very shallow water or mud.

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The Free Lance-Star reports the International Game Fish Association confirmed the record catch. It beat a snakehead caught in Japan in 2004 by 2 ounces.

Newton is a 27-year-old plumber in Spotsylvania County. He has said that it took him only about a minute to get the fish into the boat and that the 3-foot long creature barely fit into his cooler.

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Photo: Caleb Newton with a northern snakehead, or "Frankenfish" / Griffin Moores/AP

 

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Aug 14, 2013 12:59AM
Aug 13, 2013 10:03PM
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Get real, its nothing like a human and its a very bad fish that needs to be taken out of our waterways before it does any more damage to our eco systems.

This is why we need to make sure species that don't belong here, that have no natural enemies, are kept out of our eco systems. Just like the snake problems that our southern states are now facing.

Aug 13, 2013 8:13PM
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Maybe we should place a hook in his mouth...just for sport...  Respect for life does not, only, apply to unborn babies. 
Aug 13, 2013 2:47PM
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They are good to eat...the Asians brought them here to the states for that very reason.

They are invasive...catch and kill 'em all.... Please!
Aug 13, 2013 2:04PM
Aug 9, 2013 12:25AM
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They must have used some crazy lense on that picture.  Look at the guys hand size vs head.
Aug 8, 2013 9:30PM
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I would spar our TX. native Alligator gar (Garzilla) out of  the Trinity river up against this little Asian snake chump. Snake head would be a snack. Or Louisiana's Alligators. I dont see how it is surviving in FL. either. unless it wooped the alligators butt.
Aug 8, 2013 9:09PM
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that is not the "Frankenfish". the "Frankenfish" is a genetically modified fish , this fish in this pic is one of the Snakehead verity , they are destroying aquatic river life in the USA ....... but this is not "Frankenfish" , they let anyone write columns now
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