An 18-pound, 4-ounce snakehead made the rounds after the potential world record was landed in the Occoquan River near Woodbridge, Va. Well, Juan Duran’s fish is certainly bigger than the standing IGFA World Record, but it may never find its way into the record books.
As part of the certification process, the IGFA asked for official length and girth measurements. The problem is that Duran gave the snakehead to a friend for dinner, and the snakehead got filleted before getting those official measurements. Duran has sent in photos and the scale he weighed the fish on to the IGFA, but without those measurements, it is unlikely that Duran will get the world record, which stands at 17 pounds, 4 ounces.
If he doesn’t get the official record, Duran isn’t going to lose too much sleep knowing he caught the biggest snakehead ever. The fish has brought a lot of attention to the snakehead fishery in Northern Virginia and Maryland. -Brian McClintock