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'Frankenfish' hooked in Virginia a world record

Updated: Thursday, August 8 2013, 03:58 PM PDT

SPOTSYLVANIA -- A Virginia man who caught a fish known as "Frankenfish" has set a world record.

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 waters or mud.

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 it only took him about a minute to get it into the
boat, and the 3-foot long fish barely fit into his cooler.

'Frankenfish' hooked in Virginia a world record
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