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Angler reels in freaky-looking fish that turns out to be invasive species that's illegal to own

With a mouth full of fangs, beady black eyes and a body covered in slippery slime, it was quite the haul for the fisherman.

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With a mouth full of fangs, beady black eyes and a body covered in slippery slime, it was quite the haul for Mike Powell.

"I didn't know how to fight it," he said. "Cause this thing was jumping left, right, left, right."

Powell recently went fishing at the Canton Reservoir in Massachusetts when he landed the nearly 6-pound, 30-inch creature.

He said he'd never seen anything like it before.

"Me and my buddy, we didn't even know what it was at first," he said.

Powell later learned that he had caught a northern snakehead, a non-native species not only in Massachusetts but all of North America.

The fish is native to Asia and is illegal to have in the U.S.

"Let's be honest here, I'm out here chasing big bass," Powell said. "To catch that when I'm not looking for it, I mean I was wearing one of these things that tells you your heart rate, that thing was going through the roof."

Todd Richards of Mass Wildlife confirmed that Powell caught a snakehead based on size, color pattern, fin placement and head shape.

"There are very few species you can confuse with snakeheads," he said.

Richards believes the fish was likely released into the reservoir when it became too big for someone's fish tank.

"They are an injurious species federally, so you can't possess them. Mass Wildlife regulates the possession of the fish that can live in our waters and we don't issue permits for snakeheads," he said.

Only three other snakeheads have been documented as caught in Massachusetts waters since 2002. Wildlife officials hope it stays that way.

"The good news is these are all adult fish. We have no evidence of reproduction, which would be a different ball game," Richards said.

If you ever catch a snakehead, wildlife officials recommend bringing it ashore, killing it and calling wildlife officials or environmental police.