More and more of the invasive snakehead species are turning up in Maryland’s waterways — and if fishing records are any indication, they’re getting bigger and bigger, too.

An Upper Marlboro angler caught a 17.49-pounder lately, knocking down a previous record that stood for just over two months.

Michael Meade’s big catch beat the previous record-holder by just two-tenths of a pound. He caught it with a bow and arrow. And he told the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which runs a contest to encourage anglers to kill the unwanted snakeheads, that the filets, baked with butter and pepper, will be enough for two or three meals.

Meade did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Michael Meade with his 17.49-pound snakehead. (Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources)


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