Caleb Newton has some fish tale.
Newton's is one to believe, though. The angler was fishing in northern Virginia when he hooked a 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead fish. It took him about a minute to reel it in.
It took much longer for the International Game Fish Association to confirmthat the fish had set a world record.
His catch is 2 ounces heavier than the previous record holder, which was caught in Japan in 2004.
The record-breaker has been dubbed "Frankenfish" for its un-fishlike qualities, like its ability to breathe only air for up to four days. When they run out of food, they can crawl with their fins to another body of water.
The fish have no natural predators but themselves, and are not native to the Americas.
This one was caught in a tributary of the Potomac River, which has recently been so invaded with snakehead fish that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has offered cash rewards to fishermen that catch and kill them.