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The Redtail Catfish or Pirarara (Phractocephalus hemeliopteris) are short, stubby, aggressive catfish with an attitude.


 They are brown/black with a white belly and a bright orange/red tail, hence the name Redtail Cat. They grow to over 150lbs and are some of the most common Cats found in the Amazon Basin.

Redtail Catfish

Redtail Catfish  - Amazon Fish

Redtail Catfish - Amazon Fish

Redtails can be easily hooked on cutbait (and even on subsurface lures) but landing them is another story. They live among the dense tangles of sunken trees, deep trenches and holes in the river. Once hooked, they head for the hills and you need powerful gear to handle them.

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