Saturday, January 19, 2008

Non-native Pacu fish caught in the Withlacooche

A Florida angler made a surprising catch, which implicates the potential problem with releasing non-native species into the wild. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the fisher reeled in a Pacu, which looks like a piranha, but is not dangerous. Three different FWC officials are quoted for the story.

4 comments:

TH said...

MY SON CAUGHT A PACU ON 3/19/09 IN ORANGE CITY FL.IT WEIGHED OVER 15LBS.SURE WAS ONE UGLY FISH

Matt said...

We used to live in south florida, now relocated to n. florida. anyway, there were a few of these in our lake we lived on. smallest was about 40 pounds when we moved three yrs. ago. largest was about 80 lbs. i doubt they're still there though, because we always fed them and I don't think anyone else on that lake fed them. but they were HUGE. little one broke 100 lb. test line! :)

skate4life said...

I caught a pacu in a lake by my house. Me, my friends, and my sister want to know if it's invasive because there hasn't been fish in the lake for years and the pacu is the biggest fish in there. I don't want the pacu to take over the lake. It's only like 10lbs, though. If someone could please E-Mail me at wired4skate@yahoo.com I would appreciate it. Thank You!

skate4life said...

I caught a pacu in the lake. Me and my friends are wondering if it's invasive. Could someone please E-Mail me at wired4skate@yahoo.com Thank You!