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Arapaima Fishing Holidays

Arapaima are considered to be one of the oldest freshwater fish on the planet and are considered living fossils by many. Once only found in the Amazon River, Arapaima have now found themselves being introduced into many freshwater lakes around Thailand. These Arapaima are incredible leapers and can propel themselves above the water once hooked. Capable of growing to a length of 10 feet, as you can imagine, these fish are a very prized and delicate catch in many freshwater lakes across the world.

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Name: Arapaima

Scientific name: Sudis gigas

Description: The Arapaima is torpedo-shaped with large blackish-green scales and red markings. It is streamlined and sleek, with its dorsal and anal fin set near its tail. The Arapaima has a fundamental dependence on surface air to breathe. In addition to gills, it has a modified and enlarged swim bladder, composed of lung-like tissue, which enables it to extract oxygen from the air.

Average size: The Arapaima can reach sizes of over 3 meters long an 400lb in weight but the average you will catch is around 50lb.

Where to catch: The hard hitting Arapaima can be found in many man made lakes in Asia, Gilham Fishing Resort being the most famous one that has many monsters in its lakes. Alternatively if you fancy trying to tame a natural monster from its habitat then the Amazonian rainforest of Brazil is the place to head to.

Fishing methods: Fishing on the fly is a favoured method of targeting these fish, using heavy rods, lines and big flies to tame the monsters that live there. Alternatively when fishing the lakes a nice dead fish bait suspended under a float accounts for many fish. Just make sure that your tackle is up to the job as these fish can really pull hard.

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