Bagre Cajaro / Red-Tailed Catfish (Hractocephalus hemiliopterus)
This fish is one of the most interesting for sport fishermen in the Orinoco.
From the Pimelodidae family; they are also called Bigoril, Pirarara Macaw, Cajaro, Tower fish, Peixe-arara. The Pirarara or Red-tailed Catfish is one of the most colourful of the big catfish species found in the Amazon and Orinoco. In the wild, the red-tailed catfish is found in large rivers, streams and lakes. (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
The Pirarara is a very distinctive specie. The brown colour in the back, yellow sides, and dorsal and red-orange caudal fins, make the catfish very recognizable. Three pairs of barbells are present, a pair at the top and two pairs in the lower jaw. The red-tail catfish is omnivorous in their feeding habits with a diet that may include fish, crabs and fruits.
This specie, can grow above 4 feet (121 cm) and weight 100 pounds (45 kg), it is considered one of the best fighters of the catfish species, with strong and determined race. The Pirarara is most often caught with natural baits and give a challenge to fishermen who use artificial lures or flies. It is used as a food fish in all its range and it is said to be of excellent taste if the meat is dark.
The Cajaro is a tough opponent and prefers natural bait on the bottom, but it may exceptionally catch with artificial lures during the summer.