A Friday afternoon / evening session …… again. This time to try live-bait fishing for garfish and arapaima, test a selection of lures and finally to finish off after dark with luncheon meat on a light spinning rod.
I started off with live-bait, fished on wire trace, and set under a float about a meter below the surface. This was slow going. I alternated live-bait with testing out a variety of lures, but without a touch:
After about an hour and a half, I switched to a running float rig, with the stop knot set at about 3m, with the live-bait near the bottom. It didn’t take long before the float suddenly disappeared, in a heavy thunderstorm, and a decent fish tried to run for cover beneath the restaurant structure. After a decent tussle, the net was slipped under a c.6 kg Asian Redtail Catfish. This was soon followed by a small Amazon Redtail Cat, and then by another Amazon Cat on live-baits
I noticed the men in the next swim up were having lots of strikes, and landing plenty of fish, on white & red soft plastic lures – Starlit lures, apparently the best lures to use here. I asked how many were hooked in the mouth – 50:50 was the reply, which was a lot better than I’d achieved to-date on lures. I persisted, finally switching to a jig with a soft tail and finally hooked up a decent fish that put up a good fight, an Asian Redtail of c.7 kg, nicked (foul hooked) in the dorsal fin!
With that, I returned to bait fishing. I lost a good fish that broke me off under the restaurant structure. Then, whilst I was rigging a live-bait, there was a big swirl by the live-bait pen – I put the hooked live-bait in the water whilst closing and returning the bait pen to the water. A big fish immediately hit my bait, at the surface about 1m from the bank. I picked up the rod and a good fish made a strong run towards structure. After a number of powerful runs, I finally had the fish to net – a good Amazon Retail Catfish weighing in at 9kg on the Post scales.
I then decided to try luncheon meat on the light spinning rod. I was dropping the bait right up against the restaurant kitchen. I had a bite a cast (whenever the bait stayed on the hook), landing a range of sizes, all Amazon Cats, including one fish of about 7kg that I really had to struggle with to keep out of the structure. I also pulled the hooks on 2 or 3 fish (the circle hook had been partially straightened during hook removal!), and missed a few bites.
The final tally for the session was:
- 7 Amazon Redtail Catfish, 3 – 9 kg
- 2 Asian Redtail Catfish 6 – 7 kg