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  1. Hmm, interesting stuff. Thanks for the link. Now I'm not sure exactly what species to put on my list! There's nothing that is readily identifiable on them (i.e. fins, scales). I'll have to learn the difference between the asian and american species and pay close attention next time I catch one. Yes, as far as I can tell, they are the exact same as the ones back home. Here they're even called American catfish...bagre americano. Pintado are a separate species from the red-tailed catfish. Pintado are native to drainages in southern Brazil (Pantanal and down into Argentina). Red-tailed catfish are native to Amazon drainages. Interestingly though, they can hybridize and make something called a cachapira...one of the most bizzare fish I've ever seen. I've not yet caught a 'true' cachapira...but I once caught a pintado that had some characteristics of a red-tailed catfish...maybe had one as a grandfather I'll post a picture of a pintado I recently caught. Next week, if I can find the time, I plan to go after my first red-tailed catfish at a lake an hour from here, where they have some up to 60 lbs. Also cachapiras and pintado of a similar size. Well the two that I caught were smaller than the one that broke my rod a couple weeks ago. I think these must have been juveniles, because they do get to be over 3 feet as adults.
  2. Today I avenged my broken favorite rod by catching two of these slimy, powerful little devils! As some of you will remember, I only had bad luck when it came to catching this fish: broken rods, snapped line, etc. The trick to catching them wasn't force (since it would really take some heavy gear to pull one of these out of their burrow...even then, its mouth would probably tear before loosening its grip). The trick was to get them to come out of the hole. This was something I wasn't able to do earlier, partly because I didn't think it'd be so hard to pull one out once hooked. Well, after enough coaxing, apparently they come out enough to put them on the bank! The first one hooked, I immediately pulled up out of the water and onto the bank. The hook fell out of it's mouth (this was probably a blessing in disguise). It was slithering all over the place. I tried to grab it's tail, but it was way too squirmy and mucousy to hold. As this was happening, I remembered a video I saw where a moray eel bit a diver's thumb off. I had no idea what kind of teeth this thing had, but I knew how strong it was, so I decided to wait until it was tired to grab its neck. A couple times it made a break for the water, but I managed to stop it. It was pretty much like a greased-up snake intent on escape, I don't know how I kept it on the bank. Eventually it tired and I was able to take a few pictures. After the first two pictures with my digital camera, the batteries quit on me I did have my cell phone with me, and got a couple shots, but I don't think they turned out very well. I decided to use this one for bait. After rigging him up, I saw another by the bank. Feeling confident, I used the same method and landed my second swamp eel. This one I unhooked in the water using a pair of pliers. I noticed that they have many tiny, needle-like teeth, and a highly vascularized mouth. Apparently it's for taking in gulps of air, holding the bubble in their mouth/throat, and absorbing the oxygen. Unfortunately, I didn't catch anything using it as bait. There was one point when I saw a large (+20) pintado cruising under the surface. I reeled in the swamp eel until it was right infront of its path. It paused...smelled it...touched it with its whiskers, and then either swatted it with its head or bit it (couldn't tell which). But after that, it went off and never came back! On the bright side, I was able to release the eel when I was done. It had a few scratches from the pintado, but other than that it was fine and swam off hurriedly. Tough and strong! I also caught a bunch of channel cats (there's no way to escape these guys) and 3 carp (one was a golden ghost, my first here in Brazil). Here are the pics as promised
  3. Oops. That sounds like it would do the trick. I'd be happy to borrow it if you'd flip the bill for overseas shipping. No, just kidding, I don't think it's feasible. Thanks for the offer though. Hah, even better! I definitely will. Their name roughly translates to "mucousy." Supposedly they produce a lot of slime when threatened, so I think unhooking will be far from easy. One website suggested using steel wool to hold on to them (when rigging them as bait). I'd like to take another shot at catching one this week. I'll report any success.
  4. My fox trekker 12' 2.75 lb snapped last week while playing a powerful fish... You might imagine a large fish, but you'd be wrong. I think the english name for this fish is South American swamp eel (Synbrachus marmoratus), but around here it goes by a couple different names: muçum, pirambóia...a few others. It is a brownish/olive colored eel-like fish that breathes air and lives in holes dug into the bank. I have been trying to catch one of these at a local lake for quite some time. I first discovered their presence by accident while dangling my bait in the water before casting-out. This fish will quickly seize anything that remotely resembles food and shoots back into its hole, only coming out about a foot in radius from the hole. Once I had this first one hooked, I thought, "Now it's just a matter of easing it out from the hole, and I'll have a new and unique species to add to my list." I quickly realized I was wrong. A couple minutes of steady pressure and pulls gave way to frustrated tugs. It seemed to just be getting farther back in its burrow, inch by inch. Eventually the line (30 lb test powerpro) snapped. This situation repeated itself in the following weeks. I went so far as to hook one and leave the rod flexed on the bank, thinking it would tire eventually...but even after several hours, it held on just as strong. Finally, someone who knew how to catch them told me the only way to get them out is to lure them as far as you can from their hole, then set the hook with power and don't let up for a second...you have to rely on the element of surprise (not to mention a sturdy rod, reel, line, and hook). Once they've got a hold in their burrow, there's nothing that will pull them out. So last week, I set out to catch one. I found the hole of a big one. I lured him out of the hole as far as I could (I knew it was a 'he' because all larger, adult specimens change sex to become male), tightened down my drag, and set the hook like it was a largemouth. It must have been surprised, it was jerked out farther, but it still held on somehow. I thought, "This is it, finally I'm gonna get one..." then suddenly he pulled back hard, instantly snapping my rod. I couldn't believe it. Out of sheer frustration I pulled with the remaining half of my rod, hoping for a miracle. But the line snapped. Long story, I know. I just can't believe how strong this fish is. Does anyone know if they have any kind of warranty to cover this? I bought the rod last January from Wacker. I looked on the site but it doesn't look like they're carrying it anymore. Thanks
  5. I caught this tilapia last week on the fly, and I was actually a little disappointed in the fight considering it was a big one (granted, I am outstretching my arms).
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