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Maryland Man Sets State Record for Biggest Snakehead Caught

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Michael Meade caught this 17.49-pound northern snakehead fish. (Photo credit: Maryland DNR) Michael Meade caught this 17.49-pound northern snakehead fish. (Photo credit: Maryland DNR)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP/WBOC)- An Upper Marlboro man has set a record in Maryland after catching a 17-pound northern snakehead fish.
    
Michael Meade caught the fish with a bow and arrow in the marshes of Mattawoman Creek on Oct. 16.
    
Meade says he weighed the fish on a bathroom scale when he got home and discovered it was over 17 pounds.

“It was about 10:30 at night when I brought it onboard, and it was the biggest snakehead I had ever seen,” Meade told the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “When I got home, I stepped on a bathroom scale with the fish, and it was over 17 pounds. So, I put it in a bucket of ice water and went looking for a certified scale.”

The next day, he took it to the Gray Brothers Market Store in Marbury where he had its weight confirmed by a certified scale.

According to the DNR, the 17.49-pounder set a state sport fish record,
    
The department urges anglers catching snakeheads not to return them to the water since they are predatory fish that prey on other marine wildlife. To report a potential record catch, call (443) 569-1381 or (410) 260-8325.

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