Man catches Piranha-like fish at Mountain Island Lake

Published: Jun. 13, 2011 at 3:35 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2011 at 3:35 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man got a big surprise while fishing Sunday morning at a lake in west Mecklenburg County.

When the man pulled out the fish tugging on his line, he discovered it was a Pacu.

The Pacu is related to the Piranha which also has teeth and a larger body. Some people keep Pacus as pets.

The fish Brian Cline caught at Mountain Island Lake weighed 4.5 pounds.

He and his dad called a wildlife officer to pick up the fish, but the officer put the fish back in the lake.

Pacus have been known to bite people, but they are generally considered harmless to humans.

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