Jack Vitek, world record coordinator for the IGFA, said Caleb Newton of Spotsylvania County caught the fish June 1 in Aquia Creek and it defeated the previous northern snakehead record of 17 pounds, 4 ounces, which was caught in Japan in 2004, The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reported Thursday.
"His record has been approved and we'll be sending the certificate later this week, or early next week," Vitek said.
Vitek said the fish counts as a world record for the all-tackle northern snakehead category as well as the 20-pound line class.
Newton said he informed Berkley Fishing, the company that made the line and rod he used the day of his big catch.
"I'm hoping they will send me some gear and apparel. I fish in tournaments and people know my name now. I'd like to wear a Berkley jacket," he said.