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As it turns out, an eight pound fish isn't a record setting bream after all.

We told you Saturday about the possible world record fish that was caught in the Columbus area.

Brandon Fortson reeled in the eight pounder from an Alabama pond.

After showing it off at RiverCrest Bait and Tackle Shop, everyone assumed it was a world record setting bream.

When the International Game and Fish Association investigated they discovered it was in fact a Pacu.

It's a South American fish that apparently found it's way into the pond when someone threw it in from a fish tank.

The owner of RiverCrest Bait and Tackle says they had trouble identifying the Pacu, because it's missing a key trait -- teeth.

Fishermen say it was still a good catch.

"It snapped the pole immediately and not a lot of people are able to land fish after their rod and wheel get broken. I don't know how he did it. He must have wrapped his hands around the line and pulled it to shore. He's a tough kid,"says Dennis Register, RiverCrest Bait & Tackle owner.

Anglers say the Pacu is still a large fish, considering it grew to that size after coming from someone's fish tank.

It is not, however, a record.

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