Payara/Vampire Fish (Hydrolycus Armatus)
Known as Payara (Hydrolycus scomberoides), vampire fish, or chambira, it is one of the trophies of the freshwater in America.
The three major trophies: The Payara, Peacock ass or Tucunaré and Dorado, they offer the sport fisherman undoubtedly a great challenge, a great fight and a great trophy.
But, lets get to the subject of Payara. It is a very voracious predator and reaches large sizes and weights (up to 39 lbs / 18kgs). Its main features are its pair of tusks coming out of the mouth and having a cavity in the upper jaw. Its tail is very wide and has a very strong oar, which helps the fish to swim in the turbulent and speedy waters that it prefers. Its large eyes stand out and are of much help to see their prey.
Their habitat is almost all Amazonian countries. Currently, the world record (39,402 lbs) is in the Uraima rapids in Venezuela a few kilometres from the beginning of the Paragua River at Lake Guri. Other areas that have good size of Payaras 30 pounds (13.5 kg) or more are the Parsimoni Tambopata Rivers in Venezuela and Peru.