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Harpoon head, as used by Amazon fishermen when arapaima were more common.
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Catch and Release

Another is using tackle of suitable strength. For the combination of big fish and nearby snags I use 150-pound braid. Although it’s possible to land fish after a long dramatic fight on light tackle, arapaima will appreciate this less than other species. If they are returned but don’t have the energy to surface and gulp air, they won’t survive. For this reason you should hold them near the surface until they have gulped a couple of times, before letting them go.

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