Species Spotlight: Golden Dorado
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The Golden Dorado is a fish that cannot be mistaken for any other, the big sleek solid shape of this is packed with muscle and is perfect for high-speed bursts when predating on smaller fish. The large head on this fish is extremely powerful and is full of razor-sharp teeth.
This species can reach sizes in excess of 70lb’s but the average size that is mainly found in these waters is around 12lb.
Where to catch:
Native to the freshwater rivers and basins of South America. Countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina are all world-renowned for the species. Rivers in Bolivia that hold a phenomenal head of Golden Dorado are the Pluma River and the Agua Negra River. Another spectacular place to fish for the Golden Dorado is in Argentina on the Corriente River and in the llbera Marshes.
Being such a ferocious predator, the best methods to fish for this species are ones that entice the fish into feeding. Working artificials is both the best and most exciting way to fish for Golden Dorado with many heart in mouth moments experienced by the anglers targeting these fish. These are targeted by anglers using fly fishing tactics which can and will provide some explosive sport with fish being enticed to whack a fly in fast running shallow water.
Lures are another top way to target Golden Dorado. Strong tackle is needed to tame these beasts. These fish will hit everything from metals to shallow divers but the most fun method is working a surface popper across the top and watching as the water erupts around your lure when these monsters hit hard.