All the other snakehead records were set in Asia, where the fish is native. Snakeheads are aggressive and hard-fighting gamefish that are tasty to eat. A spawning population as found in a pond in Maryland near the Potomac River in 2002. In this Xstream episode, we linked up with the Iguana man and did some snakehead fishing. Unlike Virginia, Maryland chooses to recognize state-record snakehead catches and allows them to be caught and registered by any legal method including bow and arrow. The authorities have not been successful at discovering how and by whom they were placed there. Surface lures that mimic frogs, mice, and even ducklings will fool a snakehead, as do chatter baits and spinnerbaits. Natural resource agencies track snakehead populations and encourage anglers to kill and eat as many snakeheads as they can to help reduce the fish’s impact on native fish. Live minnows fished under bobbers or popping corks work even better. The fish was caught here in South Florida on a buzz frog. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Other than Newton's catch, one other IGFA record was set in America — a great snakehead that weighed 14 pounds was caught in Florida earlier this year. IGFA’s certification process is extensive and time-consuming in order to assure authenticity,  which explains why it took six months for Tankersley to learn that he broke the previous 17 pound, 12 ounce record set by Luis Aragon while fishing in Quantico Creek, Virginia. But, he adds, it didn't give him a whale of a fight. Emanuel Tankersley wasn’t looking for fame when he caught a monster northern snakehead last year while fishing on a Northern Virginia creek. snakehead last year. We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020. Newton's fish bests the previous record catch of a 17-pound, 4-ounce northern snakehead in 2004 in Japan, according to the International Game Fish Association. Angler Emanuel Tankersley caught this 19-pound, 5-ounce northern snakehead ( Channa argus ) last year, May 15, 2018 while fishing Potomac Creek in northern Virginia. Newton tells the newspaper that it took about a minute to get the fish in his boat. As the fish have spread, the fishing has become popular, and snakehead tournaments have sprung up. The International Game Fish Association has approved a world record for his catch of the invasive predator. The predator's move into U.S. ecosystems has spurred efforts to control its growth, including holding tournaments — and spreading the word that it's a tasty fish worth the trouble of catching. IGFA keeps world records for seven varieties of snakehead but does not recognize fishing with bow and arrow in any record consideration for any species. That’s because the 14 pounds, 3 ounce fish is a bullseye snakehead, an eel-shaped, freakish-looking invasive species that Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission officials certainly weren’t hoping to find growing quite so fat in … Bluefin Tuna Sets Va. State Record, Port of Baltimore Sets Single-Ship Container Record, Oyster Recovery Partnership Sets Shell-Recycling Record, VIDEO: St. Michaels Native Sets Record Swimming…, Aircraft Carrier Arrives at New Homeport of Norfolk, Expanded Eastern Shore Water Testing Tells When it’s Safe to Swim, New Law Creates Chesapeake WILD Program for Wildlife Funding, Environmentalists Mourn Loss of Pioneering Bay Scientist, Elizabeth River Trail Adds Creative Waterfront Fitness Tools, Multistate Alliance to Make Bay Region Offshore Wind Energy Hub. World record. little did we know, we hooked into a world record fish ! Natural resource managers encourage that. Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds the 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead fish he caught in June. 's 1st State Record Pomfret May Beat World Record, 708-lb. HuffPost is part of Verizon Media. Previously, another Virginian, Caleb Newton, held the IGFA world-record with a 17-pound, 6-ounce snakehead caught in 2013 on Aquia Creek, also a tributary of the Potomac. Well-known snakehead waters include lower Potomac River creeks, the upper Patuxent River, and the Blackwater River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. What’s not to love? Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds the 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead fish he caught in June. The International Game Fish Association has approved a world record … They were discovered thriving in a Crofton, MD pond nearly 20 years ago. The record-setter for that fish was hauled in earlier this year in Thailand — and weighed in at 26 pounds. Perhaps that explains why Tankersley’s 19-pound 5-ounce catch, which was certified as the world record by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in October, remained under the radar. “I fish for snakeheads a lot, mainly throwing topwater plugs from my kayak,” Tankersley told Bay Bulletin’s Wild Chesapeake. Wild Chesapeake: Va. Man Sets New Snakehead World Record, Mr. Trash Wheel Sets Guinness World Record, Md. Photo courtesy of Emanuel Tankersley. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. According to the International Game Fish Association, Caleb Newton, a Spotsylvania County, Virginia, resident, caught a world-record 17 lb 6 oz (7.9 kg) northern snakehead at the junction of Aquia Creek and the Potomac River, United States, on June 1, 2013. And measuring three feet, it was a tight fit to get the record catch into his cooler, he says. Now he has the NEW WORLD RECORD FOR THE LARGEST NORTHERN SNAKEHEAD caught on rod and reel. I like them deep fried or grilled with onions and butter," fisherman Brett Miron told Agence France-Presse last month at a tournament in Maryland. Largest collected in Florida by FWC was 31.5 inches and weighed 9.2 pounds; reports of this species commonly growing to more than four feet and weights of 66 … Northern Snakehead that he shot with his bow on the Potomac River on May 26, 2016 According to the IGFA website, the group awards world records for seven varieties of the snakehead, with only the giant snakehead being larger. (Try them deep fried and dipped in buffalo wing sauce or grilled with onions and butter.) Congratulations to South Florida angler and my friend, Corey Nowakowski for a pending new world record Bullseye Snakehead catch. His fish even beats the Maryland bowfisherman, Emory Baldwin, III that stuck an 18.42 lbs. “I knew it was a really big fish, and after I weighed it on the bathroom scale, I was pretty sure it was a world record.” Tankersley needed only four minutes to subdue the beast after it crushed an imitation frog he cast into the lily pads that adorn Potomac Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River near Fredericksburg. Various Potomac Fiver fishing clubs also host contests to catch and cook them. The current Maryland record holder is Andy Fox, who used an arrow to skewer a 19.90-pound snakehead in May 2018. The Woolford Country Store near the Blackwater National Refuge and the venerable Angler’s Sport Center in Annapolis have launched season-long tournaments. Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds the 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead fish he caught in June. Virginia does not recognize this non-native, invasive species for state record consideration, but the agency biologists will confirm the species when asked. IGFA keeps world records for seven varieties of snakehead but does not recognize fishing with bow and arrow in any record consideration for any species. © Chesapeake Bay Media All rights reserved. The next day, his catch was confirmed by a Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist, who also helped Tankersley with the IGFA paperwork. Caleb Newton, a plumber who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., caught the fish in June during a tournament on Aquia Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River that's near the Quantico Marine Corps Base, according to the Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star. hide caption. The current Maryland record holder is Andy Fox, who used an arrow to skewer a 19.90-pound snakehead in May 2018. Within the past year or two, tackle shop owners in the region have seen a significant spike in interest among their customers targeting snakeheads. Today they’re found throughout the Chesapeake watershed, especially in brackish and fresh tidal waters where they lurk among the vegetation to ambush prey. Northern snakeheads are known for having sharp teeth, slimy skin, a voracious appetite and the ability to survive on land for days at a time. Record Bullseye Snakehead, Invasive Fish, Found In Broward Canal (PHOTO) A massive, record-breaking fish has been pulled from a South Florida canal — but it’s not good news. Emory Baldwin “Dutch” with his 18.42 lb. Snakeheads are native to Asia where they are popular table fare. "I caught one 13 pounds on Saturday, and that one fought harder," he tells the Free Lance-Star. A Virginia man has caught the largest northern snakehead on record with a rod and reel, landing a 17-pound, 6-ounce specimen of the fish often called "Frankenfish" for their monster-like appearance and tenacious survival skills. "It tastes very good. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. He’s caught a lot of big snakeheads, he says, and some of them were trophy-sized, if not record, fish. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. The International Game Fish Association has approved a world record for his catch of the invasive predator. Snakeheads are native to Asia where they are popular table fare. Griffin Moores/The Free Lance-Star Tankersley’s catch is now the new All-Tackle world record, certified by the International Game Fish Association. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Plus, there is no minimum size or possession limit and they’re accessible from land for shore anglers.