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Last year, we went back to fish in the Kuluene River. If I remember correctly, the first time I fished there, in stretch of the River near the town of Miranda was in 2001, and went back again to the same Matrinxã fish-Inn, our friend Serginho.
However, was more than six years since I went to that region. Gather a group of friends, and we took a trip in the traditional way: by bus of tourism until, with the customary parade Canarana in Moza Bruetto store. There we changed buses, embarking on “gardener” at the Inn, to win the 130 Km of dirt road, which were faced with good humour by the class.
The Kuluene River, the main trainer of the Xingu River, is a river that always attracted me because although run by a region already settled, made up of cattle ranches and grain, had been keeping a rather preserved condition, with variety of fish and plenty of wildlife. I remember the first time I’ve been there, we found yellow nests on the beaches, with the help of piloteiro, and we saw many animals such as capybara, caimans, wild ducks, tapirs, Curassows, and others.
But the fishing pressure on that river also grew, although the river is far from larger centers, which also consume fish caught by professional fishermen. According to alltimefishing.com, what distinguishes our fishing region was also the distance to the guesthouse was the other, situated well below, near the confluence of the Kuluene with Sete de Setembro. Now there’s a new Inn, not far from where we stayed, and we saw many boats and fishing camps, accessing the River through the farms of the region … and throwing garbage into the river. We found bottles and plastic bags, and imagine what should be happening with the bottom of the river.
Our piloteiro told us that there are professional fishermen who are fishing there in the region and bringing the fish to be sold in Barra do Garças, on the border with Goiás. And in one of the morning of fishing, we have a scene that demonstrates well that: two fishermen came up the River in our direction, following the opposite margin. One of them was standing right on the bow of the boat, having in his hands what looked like a slingshot. The other played slow boat, while the bow was watching carefully the river. There we found out that what looked like a Slingshot was a long cord of wood with a hook on the end. The “fisherman” of the front was finding a huge longline steel cable, across the River from side to side, and that when raised showed dozens of baited hooks with bits of fish. They gave the entire longline, withdrew a cachara four pounds, and went ahead, probably to another similar. These espinhéis are placed so as not to interfere with the navigation of boats, and are invisible to amateur fishermen.
It is a pity that human ignorance begins to reach also the Kuluene. We hope that the measures that are being taken by the Government of Mato Grosso, forbidding the killing of fish by anglers (allowing the practice of catch-and-release), and limiting the fishing quota for professionals, are put in place and properly audited by that State. We all just have to win.
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