These catfish can reach a weight of 661 lbs and a lenght of 6 feet 4 inches
long .Teddy Roosevelt on man-eating catfish
In his book through the Brailian Wilderness, published in 1914, former president Theodore Roosevelt described the piraiba catfish.
"It is called piraiba-pronounced in four syllables," he wrote. "While stationed at the small city of Itacoatiara, on the Amazon, at the mouth of the Madeira, the doctor had seen one of these monsters, which had been killed by the two men it had attacked. They were fishing in a canoe when it rose from the bottom and, raising itself half out of the water, lunged over the edge of the canoe at them, with open mouth. They killed it with their falcons, as machetes are called in Brazil. It was taken round the city in triumph in an ox-cart; the doctor saw it, and said it was three meters long.
"He said that swimmers feared it even more than the big cayman, because they could see the latter, whereas the former lay hidden on the bottom of the river .... In many villages on the lower Madeira the people ... built stockaded enclosures in the water in which they bathed, not venturing to swim in the open water for fear of the piraiba."
Brazilians living along backcountry reaches of the Amazon still consider piraibas a menace to unwary swimmers. "Perhaps they eat people; perhaps not," one native told me. "Are you brave enough to swim the river and find out?"
if thats the same cat i watch a show once about a giant catfish in the amazon and they tried to catch one by putting a chain around a tree and throwing out a huge piece of meat,they marked the tree with a red flag and two days later they came back and the tree was gone,in the river,never knew what took the meat but they think it was the catfish
That is one pretty fish, especially the first picture. It has allot of sharklike features. People catch big sharks and marlin on rod and reel so don't see why one of these would be such a big problem. Don't get me wrong it would definantly be hell of a fight but you could do it.