Pirana!

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.

 

5 thoughts on “Pirana!

  • June 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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    Angela….are those shoes Merrell? Oh the fish are eyecatching too. Cheers.

  • June 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    Sandra-
    These are Salomon’s purchased from the North Face Outlet’s annual sale, 8 years ago. The toes have melted in campfires and they’ve lost a bit of the support, but damn they are perfect when you don’t want a pirana to bite your toes!

    Also, excuse the hair. I forgot to pack my brush for our week in the jungle.

  • June 5, 2011 at 4:54 PM
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    blender fish. i’m cracking up = ) and thinking about your welcome home meal. come home!

  • June 5, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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    Great catch Bode. That pac man shirt was the perfect shirt for the fishing trip. Hope the bugs are treating you all better.

  • June 10, 2011 at 7:35 AM
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    Fun fact for the day:

    For world-record texting competitions, contestants always text the same message: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

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