Monday, April 23, 2007

Payara - The Dog Fish

The Payara is one of the meanest looking fish you could ever expect to find. Known as cachorra or "dog fish" here in Brazil, it is a fish that is not appreciated by the locals because of its hundreds of tiny bones that make it impossible to eat.

Also known as the "vampire fish", payara love to hit the same bait as dorado and like a dorado will make huge acrobatic leaps out of the water once hooked. The main difference is that they tire easily and can be reeled in fairly quickly.

You'll want to use basically the same equipment as you would fishing for dorado. You'll need a 14-25lb test line and a 4/0-6/0 hook. They will hit tuvira and large worms as well as plugs.

We always ask our clients to please allow the guides to remove the hook from any payara they catch. These fish are much more dangerous than piranha and can cause some real damage.

We'll make sure you'll get plenty of photos of your catch of this unique species.

When you are ready for this kind of adventure, give us a call - 1-800-582-2105


The Whit said...

More dangerous than piranha? I have never heard of this fish. Brazil must be filled with these unique species.

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West Nashville Gringo said...

A single payara is more dangerous than a single piranha because they have such larger teeth. Piranha are dangerous when they are in groups. A school of piranha can strip a cow clean in a matter of minutes.

I was talking about handling the fish after it is caught. Which ever fish it is, you better be careful or have a handy firstaid kit.

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