Pellona is a genus of ray-finned fishes in the Pristigasteridae family. The genus contains six species: Pellona dayi, Pellona Ditchela, Pellona Harroweri, Pellona altamazonica, Pellona flavipinnis and Pellona Castelnaea.
How To Identify:
The Amazon Pellona appears to be the most common predatory form in the Amazon. It can reach a length of 70-80cm(27.5-31.5in) and a weight of 3-4kg(6.6-8.8pounds). This freshwater clupeid is a compressed fish, mostly yellow in colour, and with a small upturned mouth with few small teeth in the jaws.
How To Catch:
Amazon pellona are vigorous fighters capable of powerful sustained runs and frequent jumps. Once hooked, the fish frequently leaps four or five feet up into the air, putting on amazing aerial displays. When tired, they turn their sides to the current, which adds to their ability to resist being landed. They take a variety of baits and lures, especially on top, and present a unique challenge for the baitcasting, spinning and fly fishing enthusiasts.Targeting this species will add greatly to the experience of anglers in South America.
It is known for occupying South America: Amazon system (Iquitos on Peruvian Amazon and Ambyiacos River in Ecuador to Manáos and perhaps Pará), the Guianas (Lake Amuku area where the Amazon and Essequibo systems join in wet years).