New Maryland State Record Snakehead

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On May 20, A bow fishermen set a new Maryland state record for northern snakehead with an 18.42-pound fish from the Potomac River.

Emory (Dutch) Baldwin III from Indian Head, Md., and his regular bow-hunting partner Franklin Shotwell were about to end a night of stalking northern snakehead from Baldwin’s boat along the Maryland side of the Potomac River, when they decided to fish a final location near Marshall Hall.

While scouring the flats, the anglers spotted the massive snakehead, which was taken by Mr. Baldwin. The following day, Baldwin had the fish weighed on a certified meat scale.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Southern Region Manager Mary Groves later confirmed the species, and the new record was made official.

While state fishing records are normally awarded only for fish caught by rod and reel, Maryland makes an exception for three invasive fish species: northern snakehead, blue catfish and flathead catfish.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources