Although I am not usually an avid fisherman, I jumped at the chance to try my hand at catching a piranha. Our rain forest guide gave us each a cane pole with a small hook. We used the flesh of another piranha as bait. Our guide told us that piranhas are attracted to blood, including that of humans, so a swim in the Amazon is not wise if you have a cut anywhere on your body. Standing safely on the shore, I felt a few tugs before I landed my first piranha--at a whopping length of three inches! I caught a few more of similar stature, and called it a day.