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MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) -- A fisherman looking to catch a catfish for dinner instead reeled in a fish that glared its teeth and bit his knife.
Jerry Melton, 46, was fishing in the Catawba River last week when he caught what state wildlife officials later identified as a piranha, a South American carnivorous fish that lives in freshwater. "When I got it on the bank I didn't really know what it was; I hadn't seen anything like it before," Melton said. When Melton opened the fish's mouth with a pocketknife, he said the fish bit down and left an impression on the blade. Wildlife officials told Melton on Saturday that he caught a 1 pound, 4 ounce piranha that was probably dumped in the river. Melton was fishing in Mount Holly, a town northwest of Charlotte. The catch highlights the growing problem of people keeping exotic animals and fish as pets and later dumping them into local waters, said Paul Barrington, an ichthyologist with the Fort Fisher Aquarium. Earlier this year, another fisherman caught a snakehead fish - also a nonnative fish - in Lake Wylie near Charlotte. "Releasing nonnative fish in our native waters is highly irresponsible because it could have a very adverse affect on the fish in that ecosystem," Barrington said. "Piranha and the snakehead fish have no predators in our waters." Jacob Rash, a North Carolina Wildlife Resources biologist, said he believes the piranha was the first caught in the Catawba River and possibly the first in the region. Melton, who is keeping the piranha in his freezer until he can have it mounted, said the experience will keep him out of the river's water. "I've been fishing there my whole life," he said. "Catching something like that is definitely going to make me think twice about what's in that water

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Re: [fishslayer23] Catch of the Day! In reply to
You can only hope it's the only one in the water. Next thing they will get use to the northern waters.Frown


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Re: [fishslayer23] Catch of the Day! In reply to
That really sucks when aquarium pets become somebody elses horror.

What is your fishing scedule like?? This weekend is out for the boats but in on the Tube.

Next weekend I am open for Sunday on the boats.Cool


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Re: [fishslayer23] Catch of the Day! In reply to
Greeat, i just conquered my fear of swimming in lakes too. Lets hope nobody has any up here in NY
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Re: [FishinNoob] Catch of the Day! In reply to
Hey Jimmy, what lake are you on?
About the fish, thats pretty irresponsible

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Re: [gdn443] Catch of the Day! In reply to
I'm not possitive on all the specifics but it was either in '04 or '05 that I remember hearing that Lake Columbia outside of Portage Wisconsin produced a world record Pirana.. not too sure on the specifics though.

It just so happens that a friend of mine was fishing there (lake Columbia) this past winter for Hybrid Strippers and landed one himself. Shocked The thing is still alive in one of his fish tanks he has - hook is still in his jaw too. A freakish looking thing!! Supposedly the DNR says its older than dirt.. its teeth are worn down to nubs. Just nasty looking!! Like a freakish Bluegill on steroids.

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(This post was edited by birddogwi on Jul 7, 2007, 6:15 PM)

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Re: [birddogwi] Catch of the Day! In reply to
That must be a sight to see. At least without the teeth, there is less need to fear getting eaten.

It may be time to fit it for some new dentures.Cool


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Re: [tubeN2] Catch of the Day! In reply to
I'm having Ron send pictures of it.. I'll toss 'em up when I get 'em.


He should take that thing into the dentist and asking him to fit it with at least an upper plate and a couple partials...

... even better.. get him some "Mr. Ed" caps! Laugh





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LaughLaugh LOL. I could just picture a Pirhana doing the Mr Ed routine. ha haLaugh


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speaking of catches of the day, a couple of weeks ago this guy in my area (i think) caught a 118 lb. tuna. that sucker was huge!


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