Cichla vazzoleri is one of the newly described (2006) species of Cichla.
|Bars and Markings||Colors||Size||Key Characters||Similar Species|
|Large ocellated blotches replace vertical bars in adults. Blotchy cheek markings present.||Yellow lower torso, shading to gold above. Yellowish green to reddish cast to lower fins, blueish cast to upper fins.||Juveniles:
< 2 lbs.
Adults: from 3 to 14 lbs. in river
|Depth to length ratio: approx. 27%
Lateral Line Scales: approx.105
|Most similar to
|Known Range||Behavior Notes||Habitat||Common Names||IGFA records|
|Countries: Brazil .
River Basins: The mid-upper, middle and lower Rio Trombetas and the middle Rio Uatuma
|Wildly territorial in spawning areas. Feeds aggressively in river structure.||We encountered smaller specimens in creek mouths and backwaters. Adults were located in protected, lagoon-like spawning waters or behind current blocking rocks in the main river.||Named in honor of Gelso Vazzoler, a collector of the species' reference specimens||None|
This is a powerful and pugnacious fish. Short and stumpy they attain sizes at least up to 15 pounds. When water conditions are somewhat high and less clear, they aggressively take zara spooks, small woodchoppers and a variety of subsurface lures. As water drops and becomes clearer, success diminishes with topwaters, but improves with subsurface lures, particularly peacock bass rattle jigs and streamer flies.
In the main river or larger braids, anglers can consistently find them behind large, current diverting rocks or stands of macrophytes. Here, a lure presented at the edge of the structure, where the current flows around it, will elicit aggressive attacks. And, if by chance there isn't a peacock present, then the angler is often reward with the violent strike of a big trairão (wolfish). Submerged rocks near shorelines and rocky outcroppings hold fish as well. Here, they hold in between submerged rocks and will come up to take a tempting surface lure or well-placed subsurface presentation. These are their primary stomping grounds.
They can also be found in creeks and protected back-waters which tend to hold either very small specimens or large, fry-guarding spawners. As with other species of Cichla, fry guarders will ultimately attack anything they perceive to be a threat to their offspring. Cichla vazzoleri can also be found feeding in fast water and they are often taken while using deep-running lures for payara.