Ahwatukee woman catches Pacu, cousin to the Piranha

AHWATUKEE, AZ - A Valley woman has quite the tale to tell after reeling in a fish that’s a cousin to the piranha.  

Susan Aavang pulled it right out of a lake in a residential area in Ahwatukee. Her brother caught a similar fish a few weeks ago, but released it after taking a picture.

After looking it up online, Aavang figured out it could be a Pacu fish and she went back to the lake hoping to reel it in again.

She used hotdogs as her bait, just like her brother had used, and says in five minutes there was a bite on her line and she had to fight to reel it in.

The fish measured 13 inches and weighed 3 pounds, sporting the signature teeth of a Pacu.

"I peeled back its bottom lip and sure enough there were the human-like teeth,” Aavang said.

She took the fish home and showed it off to the neighbors, who got a little scare from the fish.

“Holding the fish up, sticking a straw in its mouth and all of a sudden, bam! It tried to bite him,” said Aavang describing her neighbor’s attempt to see if the fish would bite down on anything.

She says the fish she caught doesn't look exactly like her brother's, so she thinks there might be another to catch in the same lake.

Local fish store owners say it’s likely someone dumped their aquarium fish into the lake and those types of fish easily thrive in warm Arizona waters.

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