01-27-2000, 11:32 AM
Salminus maxillosus! It was 27 years ago and I remember them as if it was yesterday... a perfect pair of 12 pounders. Too bad they didn't live. I got one foot in the old farthood door <g>
According to what I've read, those are some mean muthas you are holding. Their stout salmon shape and powerful fins indicate a real battle... in fact I can see it on your face! I guess they are the national fish of Argentina, eh?
There's no shame in consuming fish where there are plenty and where the fish are well-used. I often kept a few hatchery steelhead to smoke for gifts at Christmas while I lived out in Seattle. These came from a river that produced up to 16,000 rod/reel caught steelhead in a season.
This is not to say that I did not practice C&R, I kept very few fish over several years. Those that I kept were fully utilized. <img src="http://184.108.40.206/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif
Strangely, I left New England for Seattle when striper populations were in bad shape. Since my return, I still have a very hard time keeping them even though they are plentiful. For all the legal fish I have caught, the only keepers I gutted last season belonged to clients. I'll probably eat a couple this year (we'll see).
01-27-2000, 10:48 PM
yes, you're right Juro... it's called "El tigre de los rios" or the river's tiger. More and more people are fishing for them with flies these days. Problem is the color of the water is not conducive to using flies in many places but...
It's a fierce beats that jumps like mad, and don't let those rows of teeth get you. Doesn't have the teeth of the African tiger fish that Paul Boote describes in "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" but it's a glorious fish. A bit shaped like salmon, wouldn't you say? Although specimens of that size probably don't exist anymore, the record is 40 kilos (kilos, not pounds!)
Those steelies are larger than your daughter (is she your daughter?) Beautiful fish. To think they run up a couple of rivers from the atlantic ocean... in Patagonia 8^)
Arrrghhhh... born to fish