Not many people realise what sport fishing in the Amazon is all about. Mention the Amazon to anyone and they will probably think of mosquito-ridden, snake-filled, piranha-infested bogs, swamps, and rivers. Truth is, it couldn’t be any more different.
With more than 2,500 documented freshwater fish species, the Amazon proves to be one of the richest and most diverse freshwater fishing spots in the world. The mostly tannin-blackwater rivers, roaring whitewater rivers, and big lagoons offers you the chance to reel in a big one. Surprises are always waiting at the end of your line, and here are some of them.
Peacock bass are one of the favourite game fishes lurking in the waters of the Amazon. A number of species of this fish is found only in the Amazon, making it that more precious. It’s also a true adversary in every aspect, as it will give you the fight you’ve been looking for.
This fish is similar to the American Largemouth bass in shape, but by no means in size and colour. These colourful creatures can weigh up to more than 30lbs, helping them outpower you with tremendous topwater action. They can also be reeled in using sub-surface lures and jigs.
The Amazon is known for its catfishes, and among those swimming in its waters is the legendary piraiba catfish. This is the fish that everyone wants to catch. Casting your lines and hooking this in will give you the thrill of a lifetime, as it’s known to reach over 600lbs, with an average of 100lbs for the regular-sized piraibas. These fish are often seen breaching the surface like dolphins, but are mainly found in deeper, sluggish water.
The arapaima, piracucu, or paiche, is another elusive fish that’s a favourite catch for anglers. This fish is the largest freshwater fish of the Amazon basin and of South America, known to reach 1.75 meters and weigh over 500lbs. You better bring your “A” game, though; as they’ll jump like a tarpon and never give up once you hook them.
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