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 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.