Out There: Amazon sleigh ride

The piraiba, a giant among Amazon catfish, make child's play out of pulling anglers in boats on the Rio Negro.

Updated: September 28, 2004, 1:13 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton | Special to ESPN Outdoors

"Wild Bill" Skinner tried to coach me.

"You have to let him run more, Catfish. Don't set the hook too soon."

I looked down at my huge saltwater reel. Half the line was gone, although the catfish had taken my bait only a minute before.

"If he runs any more he'll spool me!" I shouted.

I started reeling and felt the 14/0 circle hook set firmly in the fish's jaw. Then all hell broke loose. I had my drag cranked down tight, and the fish used my 130-pound braided line as a ...

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