THE WOLF FISH – Latin name Hoplias aimara – is the final species to be tackled by the intrepid Jeremy Wade in his latest third series of TV’s popular River Monsters.
After his “Jungle Killer” mission in South America, Jeremy reported: ‘This was true guerilla fishing: short-range, shallow water, after dark, in the middle of trees, in a place where I’d seen movement in the water before.’
Anglers and non-anglers all over Britain have been enjoying this latest series on ITV1 and ITV4. And we’ve been covering the series for our magazine, with some online profiles of the most exciting fish tackled by Jeremy.
Now, only online at www.anglersmail.co.uk, and to conclude the series, Angler’s Mail gives you a special profile of the exciting species targeted in this final episode – the wolf fish.
Read on to find out all about this fascinating creature.
The wolf fish has the ability to live pretty much everywhere in the tropical climate in Suriname, the smallest independent country in South America.
Whether the waters are shallow or deep: small streams, river springs, sparse water puddles, lakes, rivers — all provide suitable abodes.
This creature can reach 39 inches (100 cm) in length and get as large as 88 lb (40 kg), and it comes out at dusk and during the night to feed on other fish and small invertebrates.
Some wolf fish are known to be shy, while others are aggressive. Knowledgeable fishermen know they have to be extremely careful when they’re out canoeing, because they don’t know what type of behavior wolf fish will exhibit. Sometimes, these river monsters will jump onto shore or into a canoe to attack their prey.
Depending upon their size, female wolf fish can carry anywhere from 6,000 to 60,000 eggs during the species’ breeding season, which coincides with the rainy season from December to March.
Some of the biggest wolf fish — and the most concentrated number of them — live in the Courantyne River in the northern part of South America, while the more aggressive species exist in the Coppename River.
There have been reported cases of wolf fish attacks on humans and other animals. One of the most well-known reports is the story of a diver who, while inspecting the dam at Suriname’s Afobaka power plant, became the victim of a brutal wolf fish attack.
Other attack stories include one about a dog that was killed by two large wolf fish after he fell in a stream while trying to walk across it on a log, and another about a fisherman who was bitten on his foot while wading in water.
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