Freshwater Dorado Fishing Uruguay
Nicknamed the “river tiger” by local fisherman, the Golden Dorado is respected as the most ferocious freshwater game species of South America. Known for its knock out strikes, violent runs, and overall aggression, you’ll know when you hook one, and you’ll never forget your first big, mean, Golden Dorado because he’ll come with bad intentions and a scowl on his face, angry as hell that you even thought for a second your bait could swim in his water, and he’ll turn and hammer your top-water plug out of principle, the way a snapping turtle would chomp a stick if you stuck it in his face and then give you a look like, “Dude, I’ll take your finger if you don’t back off.”
Freshwater Fishing in Uruguay
It doesn’t matter the size of the top-water plug or if you were even working it correctly, that Dorado is pissed, and now he is going to take your entire spool of line just to let you know, in fact, he is going to run up current just to prove his point, strip your real bare, and then, once the real is busted and rendered useless for the rest of the day, he will jumped three feet in the air, toss that mangled top-water plug back in your face, and show you his teeth before he dives back into his river. Yea, you’ll know the first time you hang a big, mean, Golden Dorado and you’ll remember it for a long time.
Freshwater Golden Dorado
For being so vicious, the Dorado is a colorfully painted fish with iridescent green and yellow patterns. The species is limited to the waters of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, some of the countries strongest populations being found throughout the Uruguay Rivers systems and its tributaries. The species in this area range in size from 4-20lbs with fish being caught in the 40-50+ pound range on occasion. These aggressive fish have a large appetite and will eat everything from small schooling fish, to frogs, and even birds.
Uruguayan Fishing Adventures
The Golden Dorado fishery is only just being realized. Hidden for centuries in southern South America, the year-round opportunity to catch such a challenging game fish has remained secret among the local fishing villages, and is only still in its infant stages. Understandably so, the early pioneers of Golden Dorado fishing could only keep the secret for so long. Golden Dorado dishing is a must experience for all serious fisherman. Any morning fishing the banks of the Uruguay River is sure to be highlighted by the Dorado’s vicious strikes, tarpon like tendencies, and tackle busting teeth. Depending on the time of year, the water level and clarity, and the current bait patterns, the Dorado can be found in both calm and moving water where they can be pursued with light or medium tackle, colorful deep diving baits, and loud top-water plugs.
Since the Dorado’s rise in fame, the Uruguay River and its tributaries have become “the” destination for serious fisherman looking to land the next great Golden Dorado. With a healthy growing population of Dorado throughout the Uruguay River, and 365 days worth of opportunity, it takes only local knowledge and a quality outfitter to put you hooked up with a giant Golden Dorado.
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