What is this fish ? july 4th, 09

Discussion in 'OHIO RIVERS TALK' started by Desode, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Desode

    Desode New Member

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    Hey guys I went fishing with a buddy of mine tonight and he caught this strange fish on worm. It was 13.5 inches long and had small teeth :eek:oooh:. I have never seen anything like it and I know it probably shouldn't be in the Ohio river.

    I'm sending pictures to the ODNR to ask them about it. Any of you guys ever catch something like this out of the Ohio ?

    Matt AKA DESODE
     

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  2. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    I see a couple like that a year on the news here in Pittsburgh.They usually think it,s a pirahna,then when the fish commission guys look at it it ends up being another fish from South America that looks like a pirahna but don,t have the choppers like a pirahna.Forget the name,but I,m sure someone will know.Either way-COOL CATCH!:cool2:
     

  3. brianthelion02

    brianthelion02 New Member

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    Thats a pacu,cousin of the pirana,probably from someones aquarium!
     
  4. varmint_sniper

    varmint_sniper New Member

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    GREAT another foren species:angry:
     
  5. varmint_sniper

    varmint_sniper New Member

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    what did ya do with it ?
     
  6. Desode

    Desode New Member

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    We put a knife through its head ! :wink: I know what kind of fish should be in my fishing waters and what ones shouldn't be.
    Matt AKA DESODE
     
  7. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    Definitely a Pacu. Not really a major problem in the Ohio. They're an exotic fish and it more than likely grew too large for someone's tank in their apartment on the river and they dumped it. It happens pretty often now, I remember a news story last year where a guy caught a pretty decent one. They can and will grow larger than 10 pounds. Red Bellied Pacu (which isn't this species by the looks of the photo) will grow larger than 3 feet without a problem - but they won't survive very long. They're a schooling fish.

    Pacu will continue growing at a rapid rate even if you buy them at 3 inches long. They don't care about their aquarium size, they're growth rate will not stop. Hence why they're usually dumped/killed/whathaveyou.

    Whatever class this Pacu falls in, he was probably dumped recently. He definitely wouldn't survive the winter climates. At least it's very unlikely.



    - James
     
  8. prostreetS10

    prostreetS10 New Member

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    Looks like a weird shad. Should of tried him for some cut bait.
     
  9. cat stalker

    cat stalker New Member

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    Looks Like a Pacu to me also.
    I agree with James, when the water temp drops it probably would
    have died. People just need to be more responsible with their pets!:angry:
     
  10. Bill D Curtis

    Bill D Curtis New Member

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    its a pacu here in OK the wildlife guys count 5 or 6 ayear mostly in the lakes around OKC they just grow to fast for most aquariums
     
  11. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    I believe that is a Pacu. Had some in my aquarium before looked like that. Mine ate veggies only tho.
     
  12. beetle

    beetle New Member

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    Thanks for posting a picture. Makes you wonder what all swims in the Ohio River...
     
  13. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Beetle I'm not swimming there unless I fall in that's for sure to old for that.
     
  14. mbill

    mbill New Member

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    Thanks for sharing that Desode, I wonder if we could teach them to feed only on Gar in the Ohio that wouldn't be as bad then. Anyway cool catch though.:big_smile:
     
  15. recordbreakin1

    recordbreakin1 New Member

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    Yeah its a Pacu.They won't survive the winter.
     
  16. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    He shouldn't have survived the night! ;)
    Those things are built tough, I bet they're hold up good on a nice 8/0 Circle .. get my drift?
     
  17. rasmotherman

    rasmotherman New Member

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    yup red bellied pacu. he wont make it throught the winter unless he hangs out at a warm water outlet
     
  18. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    You here about those coming from the Ohio every once in a while. It is amazing how these invasive species get in the waters. I once found a snakehead baby in some minnows that I got from a county park bait shop :crazy:
     
  19. Catfish-fever

    Catfish-fever New Member

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    I caught a strange looking fish in my cast net the other night on the GMR. It looked like a fresh water drum but it had a top fin with a long string like a shad. And I did cut it up for bait. I caught a 5 pound channel cat on it. When the channel cat took it, there was no hesitation.
     
  20. upncomincatfishking

    upncomincatfishking New Member

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    i'm pretty sure its a big paku i'm not sure about the spellin