Girl snags fish with quite a bite
Rare pacu caught in Oklahoma lake
OKLAHOMA CITY — An 11-year-old girl has quite the fish tale: A rare pacu with human-like teeth chomped down on the worm at the end of her line while she was fishing with her grandparents and brother in an Oklahoma lake.
But Kennedy Smith isn’t exaggerating when she describes her catch.
Caddo County Game Warden Tyler Howser confirms that the fish was a pacu, a relative of the piranha that is native to South America and can grow up to 50 pounds.
Kennedy’s fish weighed 1 pound, Howser said.
Kennedy said she initially was “really excited” to have caught a fish last Sunday in Fort Cobb Lake, 55 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. But she was shocked when it bit her grandmother. “I was confused because I knew that fish with teeth are not normal. It was weird,” Kennedy said.
Sandra Whaley suffered no ill-effects from the bite.
Howser said the fish was likely bought as a pet and was released when it grew too large for the aquarium.
Pacu are considered an invasive species that can destroy the native fish ecosystem, so Kennedy’s fish was taken by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and destroyed.
Kennedy Smith, 11, of Lindsay, Okla., hooked a pacu, a relative of the piranha, last week. The fish bit her grandmother.