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Stay out of the Catawba River

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by John, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. John

    John Well-Known Member

    For those of you in or visiting North Carolina, you might want to watch where you swim.

    N.C. fisherman reels in a piranha

    From the Charlotte Observer:

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. - A fisherman looking to catch a catfish for dinner instead reeled in a fish that flashed 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."
  2. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    So that's where George Shinn left Ray Wooldridge ...
  3. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    I'm from that area...
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    So now we're up to 37 reasons to stay out of the Catawba.

    I've walked by the river in a park in Morganton. It looks like tubgirl's runoff.
  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Which is a shame. Other than being a bit remote, Burke County seems to be a neat little place ...
  6. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    How big is this river?
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    All we need to do now is breed the piranha with those fish that are jumping into boats in the midwest.
  8. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Just when I thought that image was out of my head forever. Thanks.
  9. Chicken Poop.
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    That's better than tubgirl.
  11. Not if said poop is the byproduct of you consuming inferred chicken.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. I remember the shitstorm that happened in 1980 when somebody caught a piranha in the Atchafalaya near Morgan City.
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