About the Piapara
Scientific Name/Family: Leporinus obtusidens. Anostomidae.
Habits: An average piapara can reach the length of 1,3 ft and weigh 3 lb, although the larger specimens can be as long as 31 in and weigh 13 lb. In Brazil, the fish has different names: aracu (Amazonia), piau, piavuçu, piava, etc. It lives in the rivers, in deep wells and by the banks. It is omnivorous, feeding on plants, insects, and larva. Some species only feed on filamentous algae, grass roots or berries and seeds. It bites gently, requiring much attention by fishermen
Tackle: Bamboo rods for riverbanks and medium action rod and baitcasting reels for boat fishing. Line: 12 to 14 lb, prepared with a ling and loose small lead weight on the line and small hokks.
Baits: Only natural bait are used, such as corn, fresh or sour, small dough balls and snails.
Curiosity: It requires some experience for the piapara fishing to be successfull. The fish usually gets the baits gently and then places it in its mouth before swimming off. If the fisherman hooks before the proper time, the fish will escape for sure. A good tip: make a corn or dough bait lure in order to gather the fish in a certain point of the river - then start to fish. No noise ever!