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The Angler's Guide to Payara

A guide to the different species known as payara, their taxonomy, biology & how to catch them.

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Payara World Records

World Records - If an outfitting company can be said to have a philosophy, Acute Angling's would go as follows; Since the traveling angler has selected an exotic fishing trip and not a stay at the Ritz-Carlton, it is reasonable to assume that what he most seeks is a great fishing experience, not a black-tie tourist extravaganza. Since it is our goal to satisfy our client's expectations, we believe it is appropriate for us to invest our energies and resources into providing the angler with safe and comfortable access to the best fishing that can be found, without concern for frills that do not serve either of those ends. As a result of this focus, Acute Angling has a long history of exploration and discovery. We constantly look for the road less traveled (or perhaps that should be water less paddled) in order to find that river that has never been fished or those fish that have never seen a lure. We don't really seek world records, just the waters where they might be found. The world records just follow naturally.

See a video montage about Russell Jensen's Amazon world records - caught with Acute Angling

Payara records with IGFA
Line Class Weight Angler Location Year Type Status
All Tackle 39 lb. 4 oz. Bill Keeley Uraima Falls, Venezuela 1996 AT* Current
2 lb. 7 lb. 2 oz. Capt. Kdu Magalhaes Xingu River, Brazil 2000 LC* Current
4 lb. 18 lb. 0 oz. Shoichiro Kawai Uraima Falls, Venezuela 1998 LC Current
6 lb. 18 lb. 8 oz. Carlos Barantes Araya Uraima Falls, Venezuela 2003 LC Current
8 lb. 23 lb. 0 oz. Lance Glaser Uraima Falls, Venezuela 1996 LC Current
12 lb. 32 lb. 0 oz. Lance Glaser Uraima Falls, Venezuela 1996 LC Current
16 lb. 32 lb. 8 oz. Lance Glaser Uraima Falls, Venezuela 1996 LC Current
20 lb. 33 lb. 8 oz. Bill Keeley Uraima Falls, Venezuela 1999 LC Current
* Note -     A T = All Tackle Record      LC = Line Class Record
Biara record with IGFA
Species Scientific Name Weight Angler Trip Year Type Status
Biara Rhapiodon vulpinus 4 lbs. 10 oz. Marcio Borges
de Oliveira
Xingu River, Brazil 2000 AT* Current
* Note -     A T = All Tackle Record      LC = Line Class Record
Acute Angling's Amazon Exotic Species records with IGFA
Species Scientific Name Weight Angler Trip Year Type Status
Pescada Plagioscion squamosissimus 11 lbs. 4 oz. Russell Jensen Rio Travessao 2009 AT* Current
Piranha Serrasalmus rhombeus 7 lb and up Russell Jensen Rio Travessao various AT Past
Piranha Serrasalmus rhombeus 8 lbs. 7 oz. Russell Jensen Rio Travessao 2008 AT Current
Apapa Pellona castelnaeana 7 lb. 0 oz. Paul Reiss Rio Caura 2003 LC* Past
* Note -     A T = All Tackle Record      LC = Line Class Record
Acute Angling's Amazon catfish records with IGFA
Species Scientific Name Weight Angler Trip Year Type Status
Piraiba Brachyplatystoma filamentosum 295 lb. 8 oz. Russell Jensen Rio Travessao 2007 AT* Current
Jau Zungaro zungaro 109 lb. Russell Jensen Rio Urariquera 2005 AT Current
Jundia Leiarius marmoratus 25 lb. 12 oz. Russell Jensen Rio Travessao 2008 AT Past
Jundia Leiarius marmoratus 28 lb. 11 oz. Russell Jensen Rio Travessao 2009 AT Current
Redtail Phractocephalus hemioliopterus 70 lb. 8 oz. Paul Reiss Rio Alegria 2003 LC* Past
Redtail Phractocephalus hemioliopterus 16 lb. 6 oz. Russell Jensen Rio Urariquera 2005 LC* Past
Jandi Rhamdia sebae 9 lb. 8 oz. Russell Jensen Rio Urariquera 2003 AT Current
* Note -     A T = All Tackle Record      LC = Line Class Record
Acute Angling's Amazon catfish record with the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
Species Scientific Name Weight Angler Trip Year Status
Jundia Leiarius marmoratus 23 lb. 8 oz. Larry Larsen Rio Travessao 2008 Current

More Record-sized Amazon Exotics

Many of our anglers have caught world-record size fishes and have simply elected not to subject them to the extra handling and time necessitated by weighing and properly documenting their catch.

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