Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Huge Catfish

For the last week or so, I've mainly been talking about dorado. While they are definitely one of the best freshwater sportfish in the world, the catfish of the Pantanal run a very close second place.

The pintado (speckled catfish) is one of the most prized fish in Brazil. Other cats are the cachara (striped catfish) which is also known as surubim, the barbado (flat-whiskered catfish) which in my opinion puts out a better fight than any of the others, and the monster jaú (giant catfish) which can weigh in at over 200lbs.

All of these cats share the same habitat as the dorado and hit the same bait. You immediately know you have hooked one instead of a dorado because where the dorado will leap out of the water trying to shake loose your hook, the pintado and other catfish will dive down as fast as they can and then try to go under your boat in order to break your line. They are successful on many occasions.

All of them are great tasting fish with the exception of the jaú. I personally like the pintado best. It easily slices up into large fillets and is excellent fried, baked, grilled or stewed. The barbado is best when cut into bite size pieces, batter-dipped and fried. Brazilians call it isca or bait and it is out of this world when served with lemon.

You will not only have a chance to reel in all of these fish during your Brazilian fishing excursion but you will also have the privilege to eat them prepared by our international chef.

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In the meantime, I have prepared a video so you can see what all the excitement of catching Pantanal catfish is all about. Enjoy!

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