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Need an ID on this fish #13769725 11/14/20 01:47 AM
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My grandson just caught this fish. I’m not sure what it is.

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Re: Need an ID on this fish [Re: Farrside] #13769745 11/14/20 01:59 AM
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Pacu. It's in the pirahna family. Some ******** surely dumped it from an aquarium. Did you keep it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacu

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Ugh, some jerkoff dumped some in our local lake a few years ago, luckily they couldn’t handle the winter.

Re: Need an ID on this fish [Re: Uncle Zeek] #13769844 11/14/20 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Uncle Zeek
Pacu. It's in the pirahna family. Some ******** surely dumped it from an aquarium. Did you keep it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacu





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Re: Need an ID on this fish [Re: Farrside] #13769920 11/14/20 04:27 AM
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It was released back in the water it was caught in. I believe it’s from a small pond in humble tx. I’ll get more details in the morning on it’s exact location. I concur on a pacu, never seen or heard of them.

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Might want to report it to the TPWD dept there.

Re: Need an ID on this fish [Re: Farrside] #13770082 11/14/20 01:26 PM
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None of the pacu species are listed by Texas Parks and Wildlife as invasive or prohibited. They are herbivores, and although it is typically not a good idea to return exotic species to the water, the pacu should not create a problem.

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Originally Posted by Osbornfishing
None of the pacu species are listed by Texas Parks and Wildlife as invasive or prohibited. They are herbivores, and although it is typically not a good idea to return exotic species to the water, the pacu should not create a problem.


Perfect answer, Barry.

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I have heard of guys catching them on minnows.

Oh, do not lip them! They have crushing teeth.

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Originally Posted by jippedgenes
I have heard of guys catching them on minnows.

Oh, do not lip them! They have crushing teeth.


They're primarily herbivores, but if they're hungry enough they'll eat whatever is available.


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I have heard of guys catching them on minnows.

Oh, do not lip them! They have crushing teeth.


They're primarily herbivores, but if they're hungry enough they'll eat whatever is available.


I agree. They are a lot like tilapia. Although they are considered herbivores I have caught them on worms, cut bait, and even flies.

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I've caught a few several years ago in garland off Saturn road in a little pond between some houses

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red bellied pacu are in many lakes. i remember when i was the live exhibits mgr for Bass Pro Shops getting many calls from local anglers saying "i think i just caught a piranha but its got teeth just like mine!" there are some listed for lake records. most are just a few lbs but they get big. i had a couple donated to me that i had on display at bps that were almost 20lbs.


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They usually cannot survive water below 60-65 degrees. But right that is a pacu and they occur in urban ponds a lot... they grow fast and outgrow tanks and folks throw them in ponds.

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