The Jau (Zungaro zungaro) are the monster ‘Sumo wrestlers’ of the Amazon and every bit as tough as their cousins, the Piraiba and Redtail Cats. They tend to live in well-oxygenated water and are nearly always found in rocky areas below falls and rapids. They usually come out of their caves, take the bait and instantly run back to their rocky haunts, often cutting lines on the sharp rocks. They can reach over 180lbs in some rivers, and average 50lbs.

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