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The Piranha International Fishing Championship in Misiones will be on February 23 at the edge of the Paraná River. Do you dare to fish piranhas?


A piranha fishing championship? Sure? Piranhas? Those interested in the Piranha Fishing Tournament in  Misiones should be asking yourself right now. The answer is yes.

The Pirá Pytá Fishing and Nautical Club offers a new edition of the Piranha International Fishing Championship.  The event will take place on Sunday 23 February at the mouth of the Itaembé stream, on the Paraná River . The modality will be on board, from 08:00 to 13:00. Registration will cost 2 thousand pesos and per team will be able to compete for three participants. The meeting usually brings together fishermen from all over the region and this year seeks to exceed  sports  and generate a family space.

 Piranhas: an undeserved bad fame 

 Every human being who has seen at least one piranha film in the cinema shares the same image . The one to die torn apart by the fury of some small fish, nibble to nibble, in a matter of seconds. Some experts speculate that about 500 piranhas would take five minutes to strip the meat of a 80-kilo human.

Quiet fishermen! Not to be scared! Piranha attacks are rare. Basically they occur if they feel threatened or hunger squeezes. In addition,  fatal attacks are rare and usually reduce to a pinch in the feet or hands . A heartbreaking death caused by these fish is more typical of horror films than reality.

On the other hand, piranhas live on banks, but they do not use any collective strategy to hunt. On the contrary, the formation of groups is a defense strategy, they move together to protect themselves from predators.  And while piranhas are famous for eating meat, they also feed on seeds and other plant materials. In fact, there are species that are vegetarian. 

 To respect the regulations that are about piranhas... 

The Pirá Pytá Fishing and Nautical Club, from its  Facebook page, shares the rules of the  Fishing Championship. The regulations invite fishermen to have a dignified conduct and sportsmanship. It also stipulates that vessels must comply with the security provisions of the Argentine naval prefecture. Fishing must be carried out from anchored or moored boats, with a maximum of 6 rods or wetters per boat. Something important is that bait will be free.

 With regard to the species of piranhas that can be fished,   there are only two allowed. Serrasalmus Aurey (Piranha Chica or Pintada) and Serrasalmus Marginatus (Piranha Brava or Pacu-i)  The classification will be by team to the greatest number of pieces. One point per piece and an additional point will be awarded for each kilo. In case of a tie: major piece and, if the tie persist, will proceed to draw.

 Do you want to participate? 

The Fisheries Subcommittee emphasizes that the tournament is open to all public and that those interested can find out at the Club Secretariat, whose contact number is: 0376-4462063.

Publication Date: 20/02/2020

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