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    TOTM~Game Fish of the Amazon

    Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:01 am Groupie

    Shark!!!!! Just kidding, however if teeth at the end of your fishing line is your thing...

    Pirandira (Hydrolicus armatus ) are fresh water fishes from the family Cynodontidae. They are characterized with a ferocious migratory nature quite similar in structure to the Atlantic salmon and share a similar metallic silver skin. The pirandira's mouth differentiates it from other fishes owing to a set of razor sharp fangs protruding from the lower jaw. These fishes prefer extremely fast water where it could brave the currents and jump like a salmon. Growing 5-6 feet long, average type could weigh as much as 40 lbs.

    Amazon Giant Catfish belong to the order Siluriformes which is the second most diverse and most spectacular of the Amazon fish species. This order has 14 families which includes 1000 species, this makes Amazon account for almost half of all the catfish species in the world. Anglers prefer to pursue giant species of the family, they can average 8-10 feet long and weigh as much as 350 lbs.

    The Dorado-Physically, the freshwater dorado is best described as a prehistoric golden trout or salmon with the jaws of a pit bull terrier. Characterized as a hard-hitting, incredibly-strong, acrobatic fighters that attain weights in excess of 30-pounds they attain lengths as long as 4 feet. They are, in short, South America's hyped-up version of a 'tropical trout.' Dorado are commonly found throughout a massive watershed between southern Brazil/Bolivia and Northern Argentina.

    Piranha-They are, of course, distinguished by their very different teeth. The Piranha's dentition has made them the Hollywood horror stars of the fish world. In spite of their vicious reputation, most species feed on fish, some specializing in hit and run scale eating. The greatest danger they present to the angler is the safe removal of hooks from their horrid little snapping jaws. There are at least twenty species of piranha (Serrasalmus sp.) swimming the rivers throughout the Amazon basin. Some grow larger than 8-pounds and can be excellent light tackle adversaries.

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