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The 13-inch pacu that Travis Smith caught Tuesday

proved to be a reel struggle to pull in. (Courtesy of Travis Smith )

Eighteen-year-old Travis Smith wasn't surprised to feel a bite on his line when he was fishing in Lakewood this week, but he was surprised by the set of chompers on the fish he pulled from the lake.

"At first I thought it was a piranha," Smith said. "But then I thought, 'That's stupid, it's Colorado. It's not a piranha.' "

After researching the fish on the Internet and e-mailing photos to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Smith and his father, Steven, identified the toothy fish as a pacu, a relative of South America's piranha. "It's quite some fish," Steven Smith said.

His son was fishing Tuesday at Smith Reservoir, east of South Kipling Parkway…

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