Amazonian redtail catfish caught at Amazon BKK

English name: Amazonian redtail catfish.

Scientific name: Phractocephalus hemioliopterus.

Description: All the way from South America, this interesting looking catfish is prized for being a game fish for its size and strength. Capable of growing up to 3-5kg in a year many fishing ponds in Thailand are starting to carry these predatory species as they are known to attack lures.

The fish is grey with black spots on top with a cream-coloured underbelly and a very noticeable red tail that gives it its namesake.

On average they grow to around 10-20kg when mature but records of them exceeding the 60kg+ exists.

How to catch them: Being a predatory catfish the Amazonian redtail likes is not a picky eater. Worms, crustaceans, fish, frogs and many other things are amongst their diet. At ponds that allow for bait fishing the common bait for them is chopped fish like mackerel. It is also possible to catch them on bread since they are catfish and eat just about anything.

They have been known to attack all sorts of fish-like lures both hard and soft.

Deliciousness: Unknown.

A small Amazonian redtail

One Response to Amazonian Redtail Catfish

  1. Celia says:

    One of the hardest fighting fish I have ever encountered.
    Gives the mekong cat a run for its money.

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