The problem about fishing for piranha is that their razor sharp teeth and strong jaws make a mockery of fishing line/gut. The solution is wire. Now I am no fisherman, but I must admit that a little outing to the local Aquiduana River was a fun was to spend the morning. The fishing hook needs to be attached to a piece of wire which then gets attached to the fishing line…its that simple. You then add some good fleshy bait (fresh, bloody meat does the job) and toss your line into the current. Then it’s all about patience and skill…or luck as was in my case.
For me the fishing was more about the birding that I could do at the same time. Macaws flying overhead, Oropendolas calling for their mates…it really was a superb setting. Between the six of us we managed to catch quite a few fish and I was very proud of the two piranhas that I managed to bag.
I learnt something new as well. There are apparently approximately 20 species of Piranha, only four of which are strictly carnivorous. As I carefully used a pair of long nosed pliers to release the hook from its large razorblade jaws, I am positive that I had just pulled in one of the four big bad boys. What a thrill!
I was most impressed with the size of these fish. I guess I had always imagined them as small, and so was shocked when fish of nearly a foot were being pulled in.
That night we ate like kings!
Written by Adam Bannister