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X rap 10 meets Dourado

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Hello everyone. I have been wanting to share my fishing trips with you guys for a while now, however it has been a long time since I had a nice one. I am not sure where I should post this; I hope this is the right place. This weekend I went fishing on Parana River, in the south of Brazil.

The Parana River second-longest river in South America running through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina over a course of some 3,998 km (2,484 miles) if the distance is counted from the headwaters of the Paranaiba River in Brazil.

The area I went is in the map bellow.

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I was targeting the Dourado (Salminus maxillosus), which is a golden fish that likes to inhabit fast moving waters near heavy cover (mostly fallen timber). Dourado fights very hard and the current makes the fight even harder. This fish jumps a lot and very high!

The largest fish I caught was an 8 pounder, around 27 inches. I lost fish that may be bigger due to open hooks and split rings. Next time I am going to use 4x. lol

Here is a picture of the fish and the lure after I caught it.

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*Sorry about the bad English.

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Nice fish right there...that Rapala looks like garbage though.  Must have been fun  :)

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Great Fish !

It's not very often that an x-rap is a one fish wonder ;)

I've always want to do a Dourado trip !

Congrats

A-Jay

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That is awesome!  Nice fish!  But Brazil...what were you doing in that neck of the woods?

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Pure carnage on that X-Rap, awesome fish too.

Your English is very well written, no need to be sorry.

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Nice fish bro! and you should frame that X-rap! :o

Good idea! I am thinking about making a frame for destroyed lures and put it in my room.

Pure carnage on that X-Rap, awesome fish too.

Your English is very well written, no need to be sorry.

Thanks!

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Nice! My life long dream is to try and fish Brazil before i die.

What other fish are in that river system?

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That is a beautiful fish!

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amazing catch man!!!

keep us posted on the outings there in brazil...

thats a long way from most of us and im sure everyone else is just as interested as i am too see the different species!!

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What other fish are in that river system?

The fish you can usually catch with lures are dourado, piracanjuba (Brycon orbignyanus) and Blue Peacock Bass (Cichla piquiti). Piracanjuba is almost extinct and the blue peacock bass is a non-native. After a long time disappeared Piracanjuba have been caught again since a couple years ago. There are some big catfish there too; pintado (Pseudoplatystoma corruscans) and Jaú (Zungaro jahu) are generally the most desired. Other fish you can catch there with natural bait are pacu (Colossoma mitrei) and piapara (Leporinus elongatus). Those are the main fish there, but there are many other species.

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