There’s almost nothing better than heading out to your favorite fishing spot, disconnecting from the digital world and tossing a line into the water. Even a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work, as they say.
Arkansas fisherman Roger Headley took a trip out to Lake Bentonville, his favorite lake to fish in nice weather, when he reeled in the most unexpected fish imaginable on his second cast into the water — an exotic, flesh-eating piranha.
“When I went to take the hook out, he opened up his mouth and tried to bite me,” Headley told a news reporter. “Well, I about messed my pants.”
The piranha, a fish armed with deadly teeth and powerful jaws, is native to the waters of the Amazon River, located some 4,000 miles south of Lake Bentonville in South America.
But according to wildlife officials, pulling the occasional piranha out of North American waters isn’t out of the question, according to Joe Stein of Arkansas Game and Fish.
“Somebody released it, had it as a pet, in their fish tank and it got too big or they just didn’t want it anymore and they released it into Lake Bentonville,” Stein said.
Though none of his friends believed him at first, Stein’s agency confirmed that Headley’s catch was a full-fledged piranha and reported that the last time the exotic deadly fish was caught in Arkansas was last year on Beaver Lake.