They put up quite a fight. The invasive northern snakehead has become a fun conquest for Chesapeake Bay anglers, who are instructed to kill them on the spot for the sake of the environment.
Now, the bar has been raised among snakehead anglers in Maryland. Damien Cook, who lives in Dorchester County, set a new state record with a snakehead he landed from his kayak last week.
Cook was fishing in a Dorchester County river on July 5 when he caught a 21.0-pound fish that measured over 36 inches long. At first, he didn’t realize the special catch he had.
“Honestly I thought it was just your average 30-inch snakehead when I first hooked the fish,” Cook said. ”It pulled hard but I had the advantage of it being close and I got it in the net pretty quickly.”
At the time he was using a custom baitcasting rod, 30-pound test-rated braided line, and a custom chatterbait he calls the “cooker”.
The fish was weighed on a certified scale provided by Kool Ice…