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Gamefish of the Amazon Basin

Acute Angling's UPDATED Amazon Gamefish Encyclopedia with a new Peacock Bass ID guide
A compendium of scientific and angling information for the fisherman - to help you better understand your quarry.

Traira and Trairao (Aimara)

More about breathing air...

Traira, members of the characoid sub-family Erythrinidae, are examples of facultative (part-time) air breathers. Using vascularized (blood-rich) tissues in their skin, stomachs and swim bladders, this group of fish uses air to augment the oxygen they receive from water during hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions. This ability allows traira to utilize an unusual niche within their environment. They can often be found patrolling the very ends of quiet lagoons, or lurking, hidden at the edge of muddy, shallow shorelines. They suddenly explode into action engulfing any unwary bird, mouse or lizard that comes to the water's edge to drink.

Hoplias malabaricus
Traira - Hoplius malabaricus

A Brazilian guide once referred to traira and trairão (known as guabina and aimara respectively in Venezuela) as giant bars of soap with mouths full of teeth. These ferocious, prehistoric looking fish, members of the Erythrinidae family of characins look like a cross between a bowfin and a carp. The traira (Hoplias malabaricus) is the smaller of the two species, usually well under 10-pounds. They are found from the northern Amazonian periphery in Venezuela all the way to central Argentina in the Paraná River drainage. These fish prefer slack water and will attack largemouth bass-sized topwater lures or fly rod poppers and sliders with reckless abandon. Don't forget your wire leaders though - one look at this fish's choppers and you'll understand why. A 7-8-weight rod spooled with floating line and a stout butt section tied to fairly heavy wire is just the ticket for these ugly but tough bruisers.

The traira's larger cousin, the trairão (Hoplias lacerdae) is truly the stuff of angling nightmares. It attains weights in excess of 40-pounds and eats anything it darn well pleases. Big jerk baits, spoons, jigs, streamers and or large sliders/poppers fished in the eddies and pools adjacent to fast water are all susceptible to attack. Once hooked, this evil-looking fish thinks it's a tarpon and jumps repeatedly. Heavy conventional tackle is a key to getting one of these bruisers in the boat. Anything less than a 10-weight rod, stout 4/0 stainless saltwater hooks, heavy butt and wire leader would be a big mistake as these monsters have a nasty reputation for heading headlong into the nearest available timber, rocks or current. The best place to catch these fish is in Northern Brazilian shield rivers such as the upper Jatapo or the aptly named Rio Trairao. Uraima Falls and the tributaries feeding into Venezuela's Guri Lake hold a big population of these outsized beasts.

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Trairao possess impressive teeth, and grow to huge sizes...

... and fight hard!

trairao leaping


When you Travel With Acute Angling, It's Much More Than Just Fishing

Imagine casting your line into the mysterious and beautiful black waters of the Brazilian Amazon. Then imagine the explosive strike of one of the biggest Peacock Bass you've ever seen. Then picture yourself fighting and landing the world's greatest freshwater gamefish and the trophy you've been dreaming of. Imagine doing this for days on end, without intrusive interruptions, or hurrying off because you've run out of time.

With Acute Angling, you can experience the ultimate in peacock bass fishing trips. For over fifteen years, Acute Angling has been providing the very best fishing excursions in South America.

We've done all the research so you don't have to. From start to finish, we are there every step of the way to make sure you have the best sportfishing experience of your lifetime. We are there fishing with you and we'll help with techniques, tackle tips, and a full array of extras not found with run-of-the-mill fishing travel agencies or other outfitters.

We've investigated and studied the regions we'll be taking you to, so our knowledge will help you have an unparalleled experience. Acute Angling handles your complete travel program…from air travel, to entry visa, to pre-trip preparation and even travel insurance. Combine that with our specialized tackle packages and you'll have nothing to worry about except catching trophy peacock bass. Let us handle the details.

Now, just imagine it one more time: Holding up that incredible peacock bass that YOU wrestled out of the wild jungle-framed waters. Taking the photo and then releasing the beautiful animal back to the wild. Doesn't that feel good?

Let Acute Angling take you on the fishing trip of a lifetime!

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