Maryland Snakehead Record Broken by Indian Head Man – 18.42 Pounds

May 27, 2016

27268656475_fb76ae4a43Emory (Dutch) Baldwin III from Indian Head, and his regular bow-hunting partner Franklin Shotwell were wrapping up a night of stalking northern snakehead from Baldwin’s boat along the Maryland side of the Potomac River on May 20, when they decided to check the flats near Marshall Hall to see if the blue catfish had moved up into the grass.

According to Baldwin, “Franklin saw the big snakehead, but it was on my side of the boat.”

After quickly aiming his compound bow with a slight adjustment to account for the refracted shadow cast by rail-mounted search lights, he released the arrow and was immediately engaged in a tug of war with an 18.42-pound Maryland record.

The following day, Baldwin brought the fish to Gray Brothers Market in Marbury, where it was weighed on a certified meat scale. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Southern Region Manager Mary Groves later confirmed the species, and the new record was made official.

While state fishing records are normally awarded only for fish caught by rod and reel, Maryland makes an exception for three invasive fish species: northern snakehead, blue catfish and flathead catfish. These species may be caught by any legal recreational harvest method and considered for state record recognition, but only if the fish is dispatched and kept.

The department also includes an Invasive Species Award category in its annual Maryland Fishing Challenge, a year-long promotion of the state’s excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers who register exceptional catches of Angler Award-eligible size  receive award certificates.

6 Responses to Maryland Snakehead Record Broken by Indian Head Man – 18.42 Pounds

  1. JOSH FURY on May 27, 2016 at 2:59 am

    snake heads are delicious

    • Fresh Prince on May 28, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Yes Sir. Very similar to striped bass in taste and texture.

  2. PEANUT on May 27, 2016 at 10:19 am


  3. Joy on May 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Only in somd does this count as news

    • Depeche Mode on May 31, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Everything counts in large amounts.

    • Autumn's Mom on May 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

      At least it’s POSITIVE (unless you are the snakehead…)