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well check out this fish i caught yesterday off my dock in blind river on a cricket while perch jerkin....my cousin caught one bigger last year...now i was lucky enough to catch one lol....looked it up on the internet last year so i knew exactly what it was when i caught it...its a red bellied pacu....a close cousin to the pirahna(spelling may be off)...they are native to south america..it eats mostly plants....i just wonder how they got there...this is the 2nd one in a year and on the exact same dock
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can you eat that?
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man i have no clue...makes you wonder whats in the water beneath you though lol...i mostly bass and sacalait fish..the one time i put on a cricket to catch bream i catch a "pacu"..imagine what was going through my mind haha
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   Ron M
Somebody must have released them from an aquarium.
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thats what i'm thinking..somebody must have release one a couple years ago...they must have a small population of them though because thats 2 different fish almost a year apart....i doubt thats the only 2 down there
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the commercial fishermen in simmesport sometimes catch small bull sharks. last year one guy caught 4 or 5 in a couple of days. there's no telling what's in the river.
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   S a l t y
If it ain't got a grille like a '58 T-bird....then it ain't a Pacu. Besides, they need water temps of 72-80ish to survive.

Salty
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Good story you got there but I am going to call bluff. Reason being, Louisiana water temps are to hot in the summer time and too cold in the winter for that particular species of fish to survive here in La. Pacu are native to south America. By any chance have you been to your local Walmart, Petco, or Petsmart lately?
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Im not saying either way but if yall remember correctly it wasnt too many years back that someone had caught a piranha in one of the lakes at white oak landing. the creeks had overflowed into the lakes as theyve done before and they suspect that that is how it got in there. but regardless it was surviving in louisiana waters, so being that they're from the same area I would say that its not too far fetched to think that these fish could survive here as well.
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ok first the fish does have "grills"...the teeth are not sharp as the piranha...they are molar like...kind of like a sheephead...second...this is no lie..i am one of the most honest people you will ever meet...third, i have the picture of my cousins from last year(i will post)...they reported it to a local gamewarden who said he has heard of one or two being caught in louisiana waters before...and i do not believe the water temps in south america are much different than the ones here
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   djmcclung
i am an eyewitness to the pacu and the bigger one caught last year...thats the second pacu caught off of this dock on blind river...my reasoning makes me think that at somepoint someone must have had a few as pets and then released them into the river system when they got tired of them...makes me wonder what else is in that river?
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Have no fear Greenhead61,dem good ole South La. boys will be done grilled um up in no time. Turn Humberto loose on them.I for one believe you.I used to live in Laurel Ms and about 15 years ago witinessed a sure nuff Pihrania being caught out of Lake Bogahoma on a crappie minnow.It gets in the teens up there pretty regular.This fish was caught in Feb.Saw it with my on eyes.A friend of mine had it mounted & on display at his pawn shop until he sold out a few years ago.Seeing is believing.
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   djmcclung
Pacu tournament on Blind River this summer...anyone want in?...lol
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   online
It seems that they have turned up all over the US.
http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.asp?speciesID=419
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   azuldog
my buddy caught on in bayou st john the size of a garbage can lid.i also saw one washed up on the river bank and it was huge.
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   LA4EVER
Yes, they are GREAT eating. One of the whitest, flakiest fish you will find and yes they can handle Louisiana's cold temperatures.
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   mr.coon
the video is real but i don't know if that is the guy's real voice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ3L0LcwAwg&feature=related
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   DNEIL
I believe it to be pacu. Back in 96’ while working ata pet store. They had two large pacu. Larger than a dinner plate. I was told to release in a old sump pond. I refused because they could potentially breed. Needless to say. I was let go a week later. Owner did release them I witnessed it. Oh and P.S. PACU don’t just eat vegetation. They are recorded eating baby crocodile, baby ducks and other animals and fish where they have already invaded. They also attack humans.
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