Mission South America: Payara

Mission South America: Payara

Understandably also known as the Vampire Fish, this toothy bugger is another of the Amazonian creatures that boggle the mind. Sporting a vicious set of teeth that will make a barracuda green with envy, this predator is a happy eater of lure and fly.

Found in the same waters as the Peacock Bass, the Payara is given far less prestige as a sport fishing species. However, first-hand accounts of this species tell of an acrobatic, hard-pulling fish that gives a very fine account of itself.

According to one source, their normal food sources are fish ranging between half and a third of their own size – hmmm, seeing as these fish grow to 40lbs, best I pack some biiig flies!


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