Piranha-like fish caught in Passaic pond

A North Jersey man got quite a surprise while fishing over the weekend when he pulled out a 10-inch fish that's a cousin to the

The fish, called a pacu, was caught in a small pond in Passaic on Saturday.

The fish, called a pacu, was caught in a small pond in Passaic on Saturday. (9/24/13)

PASSAIC - A North Jersey man got quite a surprise while fishing over the weekend when he pulled out a 10-inch fish that's a cousin to the piranha.

Tom Boylan says the fish, called a pacu, was caught in a small pond in Passaic on Saturday.

Boylan fishes every day, and normally only catches carp and catfish.

The pacu he caught is normally only found in the warm waters of the Amazon.

Boylan says he was shocked at what was on the end of his hook. "I suspect someone emptied their fish tank into the pond and that's how the fish managed to get there," he says.

Pacus are a less dangerous cousin of the piranha and have rounded teeth. They can grow to be larger than piranhas, up to about 40 pounds.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Monmouth County officials continue to search for missing 1 Officials continue to search for missing 19-year-old
Police in Asbury Park calling for cease fire 2 Police in Asbury Park call for cease-fire after shootings
A 2-year-old boy was killed when his aunt 3 Police: 2-year-old killed when aunt backs car into him
VIDEO: Make-A-Wish fundraiser held for 10-year-old with cystic 4 VIDEO: Make-A-Wish fundraiser held for 10-year-old with Cystic Fibrosis
VIDEO: Shoppers brave the cold for holiday deals 5 VIDEO: Shoppers brave the cold for holiday deals

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE