The Arapaima is the largest freshwater fish ever recorded and can weigh over 350 kg and reach a length of more than ten feet. It is the apex predator of its freshwater ecosystem and dominates the rivers and ponds of the region, sharing its habitat with piranhas, payara, crocodiles, and many other species.
Fishing is done from aluminum boats or wooden canoes. In some cases, anglers also walk along the Rupununi to reach remote jungle ponds.
It requires patience, precision, and skill, but when the line tightens and a 200-pound fish explodes from the water just a few meters away from the boat, you truly grasp the allure of jungle Arapaima fishing! If an angler can land a handful of Arapaima over the course of a week, that's considered a successful week.