Lastly, a fresh water ray resting in a shallow. Locally called Raya, this
is the only creature the locals warns us seriously of - when stepped on,
as it happens in the muddy waters, they strike the interloper with a venomous
sting of vengeance. The pain is said to be ''maddening''.
Ttake extra care when wading on barefoot, by moving slowly and never lifting
the feet up from the bottom.
Sabalo. A carp-like vegetarian fish that also gow easily to 1meter long,
They are often found in shallow bays happily sunbathing, even sticking
their fins up in the air.
You sometimes may witness dorados attacking on a school of Sabalo. When
a big school goes panic, it looks like a hell-broke-loose.
Called Cachorra in Brazil. Chafalote are another fierce predetors of South
America. They are known to grow up to 1 meter and are famous for their
oversized teeth on the lower jaw.
Our visit in late October coincided with the best season to catch this
fish in the region, but this baby fish was the only chafalote we could
accidentally catch. They move on fast and difficult to locate in a big
river, so I was told.
Tararira. A fish that live in the weedy shallows and submerged grass fields.
This ancient fish grow only to 50-60cms and do not reach the size of their
bigger cousin in Amazon, Tarairon.
Tararira do not have the fighting quality worth a remark, but the way they
attack the poppers are heart stopping. And more often than not, they fail
to catch the popper and goes for another try. A perfect playmate to spend
a lazy afternoon with.
A fish with a saint-like name, San Antonio.
It might be their vivid body color that shines interestingly, which reminded
people of the flag of the sacred namesake? (Though the fish is more like
a hermit hiding in the weeds waiting for a prey.)
Anyhow, small streamers on a slow retrieve invited happy strikes.