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Something else to worry about in the water!

Piranhas are freshwater fish known for their sharp teeth and carnivorous diet. While piranhas have a reputation for being aggressive and dangerous, they are generally more scavengers than predators.

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Jon Rex Spruill was as surprised as he could be when he reeled in his line and discovered an odd fish on the other end.  At first glance, it appeared Jon had caught a piranha in Lake Tuscaloosa. Could it be?

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Jon says he was fishing in Lake Tuscaloosa and put a piece of bacon on his hook. Jon likes bacon. And so does this fish. Suddenly Jon’s bobber disappears and Jon reels in his catch. It looked like a piranha to Jon.

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 Many folks have sounded off about the mystery fish. Many responses said the fish is a paccu. A paccu that gets big. The paccu eats fruit and nuts. It appears the paccu is also fond of bacon.

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Russell Andrews said he fed his paccu bloody worms. That does not sound too appetizing, but I’m not a paccu.

Clay Keith said “no wonder we never catch any fish, piranha’s are eating all the good ones. Haha”.

KJ James says that is definitely a paccu fish and there are plenty of them in Lake Tuscaloosa.

They don't taste so bad.

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The paccu reportedly grows big and becomes pretty. So how does the paccu get in Lake Tuscaloosa? Many people say they come from someone's fish tank. And they will eat anything, including snakes.

TJ Neal says the paccu is good eating. I will take TJ’s word for it.

Caitlin says she worked in a pet store and they sold them.
She looked at the pictures and video we've shared here and says 100% Paccu.

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So the mystery remains as to whether or not there are piranha in Lake Tuscaloosa, but it appears we have confirmed there are plenty of pacu fish for the catching. And Jon Rex Spruill recommends you fish with bacon. If I were a pacu I'd bite.

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