Amazônia BEAST! Redtail Catfish Are An Epic Predator

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on January 14, 2016

From Capt Peacock

Also known as bigoril, pirarara, guacamayo, pez torre, and peixe-arara, the pirarara or redtail catfish is one of the largest, most colorful catfish found in the Amazon. The redtail features a brownish back, yellow sides, and as its moniker suggests, reddish to orange dorsal and caudal fins. The upper jaw holds one pair of barbels while the lower holds two.

Redtails can reach upwards of 4 feet in length and weights of over 100 pounds. The International Game Fish Association Record for redtail is held by Gilberto Fernandes. On April 3, 2010 he landed a 123.7 pound, 4.5 foot redtail with a girth of 49.8 inches on a Sportex Fiberglass rod strung with 20-pound test. Gilberto pulled this monster from the Rio Amazonas utilizing a whole dead fish as weight.

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Given their size and tenacity, redtails are a favorite of anglers looking for a big game fish fight in the Amazon.

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And they taste great as well!

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.

 

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