Pirana fishing. Okay, sure.
Hand line is the only way to go – and small chunks of diced beef work like a champ. Here, the pirana are easy to spot. They go after swarms of bugs on the water’s surface – always shallow water – and create quite a boil when the frenzy gets going.
Drop your line into the water and you’ll start getting bites within seconds. They don’t seem to be a very bright fish – not discriminating in the least. Pull the line in and be careful of those razor-sharp chompers when you try to recover the hook.
Fun stuff – and great kid fishing. Easy to catch and seemingly dangerous.
After we caught ten or so, we headed back and gave some to the ladies in la cocina. Fish soup or fried pirana were the choices. We opted for frito, since the last time we had fish soup, los peces were apparently just dropped in the blender.
Not bad tasting – no real identifiable flavor. The problem is that there’s just no meat – maybe one fork’s worth.
If you were hungry, you would probably be better off eating the bait.