A Phenomenon Called Repiquete

Read the excellent article by our friend and fisherman Francisco Starling, speaking safely about the behavior of the waters of rivers and their consequences for the fishing:

As many of you know, the rivers of the region called “Legal Amazon” have your rainfall fairly complex. The first quarter is known for “full” of rivers and the last by the tide “, the second and third quarters dominated by fluctuations, between the peaks of flood or drought in those waterways. This rule, however, suffer exceptions and sometimes water does it take to download by extending the full and at other times, the rains are late, extending the period of drought. Both phenomena mentioned above are, to a certain extent, predictable and meteorologically apuraveis.
However, some times the normal cycle of Amazonian waters suffer drastic changes of ascent and descent due to the rains that occur at the headwaters of the rivers, for example. In these cases, the oscillation is so large that affects the metabolism of fish by modifying your behavior substantially. In such situations, some fish are inactive, others have your response time to threats changed, passing the attack only if the bait stay longer in your proximity and thus reducing, your action area. This phenomenon is called “repiquete” in the Amazon, which has frustrated so many fishermen and fisheries.                                 

Last year, we participated in an unforgettable fishing trip on the river Telles Pires, in the region known as Sete Quedas, located in the State of Mato Grosso. Captured numerous species as tambaquis up to 30 kg, jundiás around 10 kg, 5 kg of corvinas, armáus of approximately 10 kg, matrinxãs of 4 kg, and my precious piraiba of 40 kg, that all of cacharas, pirapetingas, streaky jaús, pacus-rubber, dogs, piranhas, among many others, and so this year we decided to go back to the same location.
Again this year we made contact with the Pousada Portal da Amazônia, located in Paranaíta, and reserve our ida in exactly the same there in 2009, since we made a big catch. However, this time I was without my companion Rodrigo and as soon as I arrived I received the news that after starting the descent of the river waters had received heavy rains in its headwaters, and climbed more than two metres above your normal level. Was he: the terrible repiquete. Even hovering several newsletters that not indicate local flooding, was blindsided by nature. I embarked with great prospects for fishing and I came across a situation totally.

As he was alone, opted for the air displacement at the airport of Goiânia and met four other fishermen in the city that they would find a group of doctors-fishermen in the same Inn. With that, I made new 17 friends on this adventure. On the evening of the same day that we arrived at the Inn, with the help of the Guide, we assemble and separate the material and, by anticipation, ruled out fishing with artificial lures. That’s because, with the repiquete, the fish that would be the preferred target were inactive. The matrinxãs were rare, the most pointed yet, and even the dogs, which normally would attack without truce, not generate any action on the times, for stubbornness, the impression we were risking the pitches.
After opting for natural baits, the next day’s preparations were finalized with the preparation of the tags for the marking of fish caught. Also we have selected four facilities: two of them extra-pesada category (120 and 80 lbs rods with reels ABU 10,000 BIG GAME and MITCHELL RIPTIDE, with 0.90 mm monofilament lines, 10/0 hooks and 12/0); and medium-heavy (ABU 40 sticks libs and Marine Sports 30 lbs, with round profile reels ABU 6500 and 6500 C3, with two speeds, with monofilament lines and 0.60 0.50 mm, 8/0 hooks and 7/0, encastoados) and kept a reserve heavy equipment (stick Marine Sports 50 lbs, with round profile reel PENN 975, municated with multifilament line 50 lbs with fluorocarbon leader 0.60 mm and 8/0 hooks tied).

Our first goal was the tambaquis and pirapetingas, and in this opportunity, they could be found only in cevas scattered around the river and constantly supplied and protected by the Inn. That’s because the cashew trees bore fruit this year, thus preventing the use of the natural seasonal fruits cevas. On a fishing trip last year I realized that the hook was attacked directly on the line and lost several copies of tambaquis, even with the heavy stuff. When a fish lives in a river with Rapids he is extremely strong and feed on chestnuts and young coconuts, Palm has a dentition similar to a bolt cutter. That makes that even with 12/0 hook and 0.90 mm dial, the fray, the fish can turn the hook in mouth and pass on your teeth and not avoiding your loss. After such an experience in the fishery this year was prepared with hooks ordered, with draws hard steel short (5 cm) as a small extension of the stem, and it didn’t lose any round fish.
The tie is that it works as part of the hook (avoiding the mobility in the eye of the hook), extending the line protection. So, on the first day I caught an approximate 20 kg tambaqui of, and a pirapetinga of 18 kg, plus an incredible Double with a armau 9.5 kg and of a pacu 3.5 kg rubber, the latter on the buoy ceva. The day we went to the cevas, were caught, tagged* and released three tambaquis and two pirapetingas. On the second day, we went up the River near the first crash and always wearing white bait (small fish caught in the river itself) we can get good dogs, which were taken almost underneath the boat, about three metres from the shore. One of them measured a metre and weighed about 8 kg, which was loose and was also tagueada. Jundiás and small jaús were hooked, but, despite the risk of screw thread, since we were close to rocks and locas, it was necessary to move the boat to reposition the bait and provoke the attack.
Throughout the fishing trip, this was the period of peak of repiquete, because if the bait was simply thrown in the well, nothing would happen, but if it was busy, although slowly, the attack dogs and leather fish ended up happening. In the same fishing grounds, and with the same strategy of movement of white bait, corvinas also came on board. They were weighed, measured and returned quickly to the river. Unfortunately, the big catfish didn’t show up, even going up the river trails in the middle of the Amazon jungle, where the festival of dogs large party for the adventurous, in a wilderness and wild, in which every step must be guided by prudence and caution, they also presented us with your visit.
In the days following, duly filled fish scales, we are still behind the large fish of the region’s leather. Despite the intense movement of boats, there have been few actions of the big catfish. Of the 19 fishermen who were in place, only a double boarded two piraíbas, that in second-to-last day. Another duo found a caparari and another placed a beautiful Redtail catfish, but none of these were fish in normal proportions at the site.
All the fishermen there, experienced a critical period (and atypical) of the life of the river Telles Pires. The river always so prodigal of fish was more economical these days, but left the fishermen without the fruits of your effort. Every dinner at the Inn, exchanges of experience resulted from information on catches and techniques, and this, along with the professionalism and capacity of each of the teams of the Inn, guests enjoy fishing every day, and they took advantage and deserved rest. To realize the dream of the fishery in a privileged location, if the fisherman friend can enjoy the little hints here thrown, to embark a fish marked with numbered yellow label, collect your data (with the help of the Guide) and the transfer to the owners of hostels, for the job of tagging and control does not cease. And, with the philosophy of “catch and release”, the information obtained can be used for many other generations in perfect harmony with nature and with our favorite sport: sport fishing.
* Note: the markers, known as tags, are used in many parts of the world to facilitate the monitoring of fish, both at sea and in rivers, and provide means of growth rate control of target species, as well as their routes of travel during the year, among other data. Considering that many hostels in the Amazon region are dedicated to catch-and-release to return the fish caught in the river it is important to provide the materials needed as well as a preparation of guides for performing the procedure, which includes the annotation of species, size, weight, location and time. The measure, added to a broad exchange of information would generate all the guesthouses a precious map of offsets and an effective control of results of sport fishing in the rivers of the region. However, that hasn’t happened, and it would be a great suggestion to these establishments because the benefit will for everyone.
For the tagging procedure is the least invasive way to fixing the tag (numbered label and with similar latch to seal pouches) on the dorsal fin. The marker is placed in a way that, if the fish into the Woods flooded and the tag if you hold in the vegetation he will break and the fin skin and won’t be trapped by the label. The hole at the base of the fin with sterilization by iodine, not even bleeds and don’t put the fish in the crosshairs of the feared piranhas or individuals.
Story and photos by FRANCISCO STARLING Our thanks to the fishing WORLD Magazine.