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David Sparks Ph.d Fishing for Payara
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: August 22, 2019

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Dennis Isbister goes fishing for payara in Columbia. "They have big teeth on them and to giant fangs in the front that actually fit into the nasal cavity and they are bright white and silver fish and they love fast water in the rivers. We chased them in Columbia where we went into a little town called La Macarana. The only way you could get there was by boat or by air. When we went there a few years back it was still dangerous to go by boat. It was one of the last strongholds of the FARC in Colombia. So we fly into this little town, they take these old DC10's in and I literally flew with chickens. We showed up, a donkey and an old carriage came and got our luggage and we stayed in this town for about five days. We would get in the boat and go way up these rapids and in a certain spot there was a push of water as we went through a gorge of rocks. Solid rock gorge and it was three or 400 feet above you and you could just hear these baitfish, it sounded like a plane taking off almost in these baitfish are getting pushed up against the rocks these vampire fish, these big payara blowing them up and you just work your way up this mile and 1/2 stretch of rapids and then float down and just chuck top water and plugs and they would destroy everything in sight and we caught lots of big vampire fish."

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (FARC) was a guerrilla movement[12] involved in the continuing Colombian armed conflict from 1964 to 2017.

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