Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s been 10 years since the state tried to eradicate what became known as the “Frankenfish.”
Now, as Mike Schuh reports, a huge snakehead has been caught in Maryland waters.
The captured snakehead is anything but ugly to the guy who caught it.
“Oh, I like the way they look. They fight well. You can catch them on any bass fishing lures,” said Juan Duran.
More than 18 pounds and four feet long, it’s a possible world record. This exotic Asian Snakehead was caught in the Potomac. The previous record holder–caught in Japan–was a meager 17 pounds.
It’s been eight years since a snakehead was discovered in the Potomac. They eat bass and local fish. Biologists would rather see them gone. The state wants fishermen to kill them by cutting their gill arches.
“The other way is decapitation or evisceration–cutting open the gut,” said Joseph Love, DNR.
Duran awaits confirmation his is a record.
“It’s pretty awesome, pretty awesome feeling,” Duran said.
In fact, the state would like to get rid of these, so they’ve developed a contest. Put your picture with a snakehead up on their website and a lucky winner will get a $200 gift certificate.