Can Anyone Identify This Fish?

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by whiskers77, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    I went fishing on 10-7-06 at Lake Havasu in Arizona. I was fishing in the evening using white bread and I caught this unknown fish. I was surprised when he came to the surface because I was expecting it to be a carp. I didn't have a scale with me but I'd estimate him at about 5 or 6 lbs. You can see how long he is next to my foot which is a size 11. Since I didn't know what it was I certainly wasn't going to eat it so I captured the photo and quickly got him back into the water. Does anyone know what it is? I've tried to research it by looking at pictures but I came up empty.
     

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  2. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    man that sure looks like a pirahana to me did it have teeth?
     

  3. greggofish

    greggofish New Member

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    Pacu


    or if your a redneck.....a Pirahna

    *******the above post wasn't there when I posted***** ha, bad timing I guess
     
  4. Muddler

    Muddler New Member

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    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it's a pacu, also known as a false piranha or a vegetarian piranha. It's an exotic species from South America.
     
  5. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Its a Pacu. A S. American fish. Someones unwanted aquarium fish. I wish people would get wise and stop dumping non-native fish. :0a6:
     
  6. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    Thanks Greg, That is the first time I've ever caught a Pacu. I've seen them at pet stores before but never expected to catch one at Lake Havusu. The funny thing is that when I caught it I remember thinking that it kinda looked like a Pirahna but I quickly ruled that out.
     
  7. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    it looks like a hickory shad but iv never seen one that big
     
  8. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    yep i looked up pacu and sure enuff thats what it was
     
  9. pylodictis

    pylodictis New Member

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    i was fishing the monongahela river in pittsburgh this summer and caught one on cut mooneye. it weighed three pounds. i have a pic of it on the pennsylvania rivers talk page in the "caught a pacu/..." thread. it was definitely unexpected. i wonder how many other guys have caught them.
     
  10. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Pacu thrive in some rivers of Texas and do well in lakes with warm water discharge.
     
  11. riverbud55

    riverbud55 Well-Known Member

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    brandon seen a few of them on fnn from other lake from around here< hope you didnt let it go< it may have been a good idea to report it to the dfg
     
  12. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    Hey Dale, now that I know what it is I wish I hadn't let it go. If I had to do it all over again I think I would have tried to keep it alive and donate it to a pet shop or some place with an aquarium. At the time because I didn't know what kind of fish it was I was afraid it might be some kind of protected fish and didn't want to risk it dieing and ending up in big trouble. So I released him back into the water. Atleast now I feel better educated in case this happens again. On the good side the fish put up a heck of a fight!
     
  13. osageCo_flathead

    osageCo_flathead New Member

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    That is a Pacu...cousin to the Purana....When I was in Vegas they had trouble with them in Mead so I'm not surprised.
     
  14. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    Yeah, Mead and Havasu are both part of the Colorado River so it makes sense that if they are in Mead that they would be in Havasu as well. I didn't realize they were having problems with them, it came as a shock to me.
     
  15. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    What did you catch it on:tounge_out:
     
  16. Memphis_Catfish_King

    Memphis_Catfish_King New Member

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    id have it monted if u still have it...rare catch thats for shure wtg
     
  17. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    my first thought was a piranha, but I guess not, its mouth looks kinda small