Fisherman Catches 70 Kilo Fresh Water Stingray From Amazon River

by Captain Bill

Guest post by Anthony Giardenelli

Giant freshwater stingray, (Potamotrygon brachyura or short tailed river stingray), caught by Anthony Giardenelli near the village of Oran on the Amazon River

This Incredible specimen of giant freshwater stingray was caught near Oran, Peru Lower Amazon River region. She weighed in at 154lb over 4ft long including her short tail. We were fishing on the point of two rivers combining when she sucked the live bait directly into her mouth. She managed to swim a distance until it became like a rock at the bottom of the river. We had to untie and follow her downstream. When a stingray is hooked, they bury themselves in the sediment practically suctioned to the bottom. They are very stubborn, and at this point, if you do not have the right gear, it’s really easy to lose.

After about 30 agonizing minutes, we had a crowd of other local fisherman in awe at the braided nylon fishing line that is almost as fine as thread. Some of them were very impressed and stayed until we had beached the ray. We decided to take it to Oran Village to weigh and distribute to villagers and fisherman who followed us. It took 2 men to pull this ray up on the front of my speedboat and had to be tied down in several parts due to its slipperiness.

Freshwater stingrays of the Amazon river Basin are unique from others due to their natural history of isolation through geological change (uplift of Andes Mountains approx 60 million years ago). All species of Amazonian rays have genetic roots with ray species found in the pacific ocean and none in the Atlantic furthermore solidifying the case that the Amazon flowed westward before the end of the Cretaceous period. There are over 20 species of rays here in the Amazon as well as many species of fish, mollusks and other invertebrates that evolved from marine dwelling organisms.

Fisherman catches a 70 kilo fresh water stingray from the Amazon River near the village of Oran and the Otorongo Lodge.

A guest post by my friend Anthony Giardenelli, a great fisherman, birder, falconer, outdoorsman and all around good guy. Ant and his brilliant, charming wife Ivonne own and operate Otorongo Expeditions. I highly recommend you click on the link and check out their web site.

Cap’n Bill Grimes is the publisher of the Captain’s Blog and president of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises. While you are at it, check us out to.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mike Collis February 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

Nice fish Ant, Well Done.

2 Steve McAlear February 21, 2011 at 6:41 am

Good fish Anthony, have you got a a foto of the other side as it doesnt look like brachyura to me. Will be out after rays from Leticia in July looking to improve on 70 Kg now.

Tight lines

3 Alan Sinfield March 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Sorry Ant I thought it was your twin.

4 Adele March 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

W-O-W! What an amazing catch…I like how the article is in your own words, you really know your stuff! I am proud of your knowledge and experience.

5 Travis Giardenell March 7, 2011 at 7:55 am

Anthony thats killer! Way to go cuz……SOLID BRASS!

6 blobl September 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

You suck – I can’t believe you would kill something like that. That is horrible to do.

7 cherry May 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Is the stingray dead? I hope not, it’s really rare to catch a stingray like that.

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