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Gamefish of the Amazon Basin

Amazon Gamefish Encyclopedia: A compendium of scientific and angling information for the fisherman - to help you better understand your quarry.

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Bicuda and other Pike-like Characins

The bicuda/argulha (Boulengerella spp.) is an agressive, fast water fish that can be found in many of the waters holding the previously-mentioned glamor species. A high-gradient river species, Boulengerella cuvieri can reach sizes of over 15-pounds and is a powerful, acrobatic fighter. Once hooked, they launch themselves into the air, rattling their gills and throwing hooks in a fashion that would make a tarpon jealous. Larger specimens are found in the fast water Rio Travessão of northern Brazil.

Picúa/cachorro/joel (Acestrorhynchus falcatus) looks like a freshwater barracuda. They are often encountered in small packs terrorizing schools of baitfish. These fish don't grow very big (3-pounds maximum), but they're extremely aggressive, plentiful and hard fighting on light conventional rods or a 5-6-weight fly rod.

Amazon gamefish bicuda species can exceed 3 feet in length
Boulengerella cuvieri can exceed 3 feet in length.
Amazon gamefish species bicuda
Amazon gamefish species boulengerella
Sharp teeth and high speed runs make both bicuda and cachorro real hard on fancy flies.
Bicuda caught on an Amazon peacock bass fishing trip
Both make an interesting bycatch.

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