CATFISH RED TAIL PIRARARA (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus)

 A 70 pound - 32 kilos fish caught in a fishing pond in Thailand.

A world record size redtail catfish (pirarara) caught in Brasil.

Red tail catfish caught on fly rod by Jean Francois Helias

The pirarara or redtail catfish is one of the most colorful of the large catfishes found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. In its natural habitat, the redtail catfish is found in larger rivers, streams and lakes. During high water, it ventures into the flooded forests.
The redtail catfish is omnivorous in its feeding habits with a diet that can include fish, crabs and fruits. This species is considered to be the one of the best fighting of the catfishes with strong and determined runs. Pirarara are most often caught with natural baits and pose a challenge to anglers using artificial lures or flies. 

MAX SIZE: 200 lb / 90 kg
MAX LENGHT: 60 inch / 150 cm
MAX AGE: Unknown

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