The bicuda

THE BICUDA

                          Boulengerella cuvieri, boulengerella ocellata of the ctenolucidae family

 

huge bicuda of the Xingu river ( photo Julien Lajournade) 

The familiar body profile of this fish remembers the northern pike and the musky. So the bicuda is also called " amazonian pike" by tempered countries fishermen. In some regions of Amazonia, its vernacular name is pirapucu.

The bicuda is an extremelly agressive fast water fish that doesn't hesitate  to attack several times a streamer or a popper, and even to pursuit and newly bite it after a short unhook. Its splashy and explosive  attack is extremely   exciting. Its fight is made of spectacular and numerous leaps and fast runs at neckbreak speed able to empty the spool of a reel in a flash of lightning. The cement hard mouth of the animal paved with small cutting teeth makes tough the setting of the hook. So,  relatively few fishes are landed. The bicuda can reach twelve pounds for a length of three feet


happy japanese flyfisherman with a large bicuda

The tackle:

Tip action rod, with a strong backbone, for line n° 9, reel bonefish/tarpon style with a strong and smooth disk brake and a good length of backing. Floating line for streamer and popper fishing, or intermediate for streamer only.





                                 Giant Bicuda of the upper Trombetas river ( photo: Joss River)


The technique:

It consists to prospect  preferably all currents of the banks, upstream and down stream the falls, the heads and tails of pools, near the boulders, an every obstacle or structure you suppose to be a good place. The entries of blind passages and lakes, the mouths of small tributaries, also are  good locations. The bicuda manifests its presence by noisy hunts to the surface. Strip fastly...


hooked bicuda

The flies:

The bicuda attacks all the flies, as well as poppers. But like the pike, because of its narrow snout, it takes the fly across. So dressing tandem patterns is highly recommended to double the chances to set the fly in the mouth. The hook must be extremely sharpened, and don't forget to use a wire or fluorocarbon shock tippet.


 

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