Friday, April 6, 2007

Piranhas: Fish That Bite Back!

I remember as a kid watching some late night movie about a couple of guys in the Amazon and one fell in the river and was caught in an eating frenzy of a school of piranhas.

I think a lot of us are curious about what it's like to go after these carnivorous fish. Let me tell you, it's a lot of fun. They will hit on just about anything but bacon or raw meat or cut up fish is best. They love to steal your bait when you are fishing for dorado or pintado and will bite your line when reeling in other fish.

This is a red piranha and they can get as big as 8lbs. This one was almost 5lbs.

You can see by the size of these teeth that this is not something to play around with. We advise our anglers to let their native guide remove them from a hook.

For the most part piranhas aren't dangerous. They won't attack unless they feel provoked or sense fresh blood in the water. It is never a good idea to swim in the Paraguay River is you have some sort of open wound. Piranhas travel in groups with as many as 100.

Fishing for piranhas you want to use a medium action rod, 14-17lb test line and a 3/0 to 4/0 size hook. Most days you can catch as many piranhas as you want, especially if you are using some type of meat that still has blood in it.

Piranhas are delicious and are best fried or in the famous Piranha stew which many believe to be an aphrodisiac. I don't know about that but it is definitely some good eating.


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Jenna Schrock said...

I keep a couple of piranhas in my aquarium and oh boy, are they feisty! I even heard they have cousins in Mexico who has teeth similar to humans, meaning they probably have a good cosmetic dentist there! Hahaha. I believe they call them Paco fish. They're slightly bigger than your average piranha and apparently (based on personal experience), they're hard to find here in Los Angeles.

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