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Arapaima scales
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Approaching Arapaima

If a fish makes a big splash when surfacing, you’ve already spooked it. It wants to get back down quickly. Sometimes just a canoe paddled across the lake is enough. So you’re looking for fish quietly bulging at the surface, then putting your bait where you’ve located them.

In many lakes a sit-and-wait approach won’t work. Piranhas finish off the bait before an arapaima comes anywhere near.

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