Five-Year-Old Texas Girl Catches Piranha

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Five-year-old Lindsay Schutte will never forget her first fishing trip when she caught her first fish -- a piranha. It's the first one to be caught in the Lone Star State in 30 years.

Lindsey was fishing with her family at Tom Bass Park Lake south of Houston when after about an hour of no bites, she finally had something take her bait.

She reeled in the fish, took it off the hook, and threw it into a bucket of water. That's when her mother noticed something very unusual about the fish.

"When she reeled it in, it was a fish I'd never seen before. We took the hook out and it was just weird because it had such big teeth," Lindsey's mom, Christie Schutte, said.

When Lindsay's 6-year-old brother tried to pick up the fish, it bit him.

The Schutte's called the local Bass Pro Shop, who helped to identify the fish as a piranha.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Service has sent Lindsay a special certificate to recognize her very memorable first catch.

Authorities say the piranha was probably in someone's aquarium and it got dumped into the lake. They stressed it was an isolated incident.

"An actual piranha is a VERY rare occurrence in the wild - only two documented specimens in 30 years - and possessing and releasing live piranhas and dozens of other exotic, harmful or potentially harmful fish species is prohibited by Texas law," the department said in a statement on Monday.

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