Pesca de Piraíba and Pirarara: where to find and guarantee fishing?

For fishing lovers piraíba or cub that is known as one of the most studied and sought in fishing practice. The great catfish of South America are the "fishing dream" of fishermen. Prepare your bags, choose the baits and caliber the fishing rods: the time has come to understand everything about the piraba and pirarara fishery, the best known fish of the Tocantins-Araguaia basin.

piraíba fishing

Fishing as a hobby and sport comes from a long time and is shared between generations.

Today, far beyond representing a constant trend of growth, it is a reality that has come to stay and conquer new practitioners who seek quality time, sport and connection with nature.

The contact with nature, the sound of the environment, the calm and so many other details that only a totally natural space of Brazilian biodiversity is able to offer, is increasingly sought by audiences of all ages, including families.

That's where fishing comes in as a perfect hobby and sport: in addition to functioning as an "escape" to the stressful routine of the city, exercise stimulates persistence, study and concentration, because those who already fish, know: at that moment, all that matters is to pay attention to every movement of fish, water and wind, preparing the baits and hook for the optimal time. 

It is also an excellent way to gather friends and family and create a time where the goal is to be together, pass on learning and celebrate each fishing successfully.

They say that practice leads to perfection, but in fishing, far beyond technique, the practice leads to fishing of the most different species of fish. 

Conquering the fishing of specific species is so valuable to the fisherman that there are fish, such as Piraíba and Pirarara, which are considered a "trophy" in the fisherman's history.

After all, fisherman who is a born fisherman likes a challenge!


Of the Order of the Siluriformes, there are about 2,200 types of catfish recognized in Brazil, classified into almost 40 families within the species.

Despite the differences between each of the families and types of catfish, there is something in common: in general, catfish have a cone-shaped body, flattened head and whiskers on the sides of the mouth. 

Large catfish are one of the most popular fish groups in the world, especially in the practice of sport fishing, both in the case of novice fishermen and for the more experienced. 

This is because leather fish are present in various places, whether in fresh or salt water and here in Araguaia who stand out are Piraíba and Pirarara.

By far, fishermen already recognize it: the color of the back and belly is grayish or yellowish and, in the case of Piraíba, can reach up to 200 kg. Surprising, isn't it?

Piraaíba Fishing

When it comes to the fishing experience as a whole, meeting new species and trying to catch the biggest and most coveted is the goal of fishermen. 

The great leather fish are like landmarks in the history of the fisherman, who, far beyond liking the practice, is a scholar of the subject, species, their habits and unique characteristics, besides a remarkable admirer of local biodiversity.

The reason is clear: piraíbas and pirararas are robust fish, with impressive characteristics and in fact they are very large – in length and weight. What fisherman wouldn't want to conquer fishing from a coveted Piraba, would he?

Considered the leather giants, the piraba and pirarara fishing is one of the most desired by the practitioner of sport fishing, since both are the largest freshwater catfish.

Robust, large and strong, they represent a challenging fishery, because their capture involves a lot of persistence, technique, and of course, practice – all that a fishing lover loves most. 

Piraba Fishing: the coveted freshwater shark

piraaíba fishing

Piraíba, also known as Filhote, is a freshwater fish that inhabits deep gutters of large rivers and is present in the Amazon and Tocantins-Araguaia basins.

The Cub is a carnivorous fish, that is, the basis of its feeding comes from the capture of other fish through the help of its barbbes (whiskers), which are sensitive and help them to find their possible prey.

In addition, he performs piracema, being able to migrate up to 4,000 kilometers to find the ideal place to lay his eggs.

With a rollp body and small eyes, this species of light gray (when young) or dark (when adults) is considered the largest species of catfish in Brazil and one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.

This leather giant, considered the "heavy weight" of large catfish, can reach up to 3 meters and weigh up to 150kg approximately. A curiosity is that their barbilhões (whiskers) are up to 2x the size of their bodies!  

In fact it is a voracious and large fish, so its capture is a very big and interesting challenge. 

In piraíba sport fishing, it is recommended to use ultra-heavy equipment, as it may require a lot of capture time. 

It takes patience for Piraíba to feel confident and grab the bait, as well as strength to pull it and be able to appreciate its robust beauty. 

But if there is one thing that all fishermen agree on, it is that the efforts to win the fishing of this trophy in fishing are worth it! 

Pirarara Fishing: one of the freshwater giants

pirarara fishery

The Pirarara, with a robust body and large flat head, has dark gray coloration on the body, a yellowish-white stripe along the body and fins in orange tone, besides having a white bottom. It is considered one of the most colorful leather fish in the Amazon: a breathtaking contrast!

Like piraíba fish, Pirarara is also found in the Amazon and Tocantins-Araguaia basins.

But, they have their differences: pirarara is an omnivorous fish, that is, in addition to other fish also feeds on crustaceans and fruits.

It inhabits wells and channels of the middle and large rivers and also carries out reproductive migration.

The pirarara fishery, this freshwater giant – which can weigh up to 80kg and measure up to 1.5 meters – is considered a trophy in sport fishing, both for the challenge and for the goal.

Where to find Piraíba and Pirarara? 

These fish species, which have as their natural habitat freshwater rivers, are found in various parts of South America.

For the Piraba fishery, the Amazon and Araguaia – Tocantins basins are the most indicated.

The Araguaia River, in particular, is the most recommended river, because in addition to housing several species, it is where the largest Pirabas in Brazil are recorded.

Araguaia River: biodiversity and successful fishing

-araguaia River

With incredible biodiversity, the Araguaia River (which bathes municipalities in four Brazilian states: Mato Grosso, Goiás, Tocantins and Pará) runs 2,115km and is considered one of the most piscosos rivers in the world.

The Araguaia houses large specimens of leather fish, as well as the most appreciated species in the sport fishing of scama fish. It has for all tastes!

The Araguaia region receives, annually, about 18,000 amateur fishermen who seek quality time in a space totally focused on fishing.

And when it comes to freshwater trophies, the location of Canton Fishing Resort is an excellent choice for fishing. Located at the end of bananal island, near the Canton reserve, it is a great choice to easily find the more than 300 species of fish identified in Araguaia, including Piraíba, Pirarara, Pirarucu, Tambaqui and Peacock Bass.

So, are the bags ready yet? The time has come to experience high performance fishing and conquer the dream fishing of the most coveted fish with our native guides in the best and most comfortable fishing boats available on the market. 

Come to The Canton Fishing Resort to meet and experience the wonders of the Araguaia River and the State of Pará! 

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