Jim Kern’s Emu Outfitting Company in conjunction with River Plate Anglers has made short 4 ½ and even 3 ½ day Peacock Bass fishing trips productive and suddenly very “doable.” We have accomplished this by flying you directly into your remote floating Safari Camp, located in private Indian lands & government preserves, by private Caravan charter float planes, putting you into primo unpressured Peacock Bass fishing waters the first day. This new concept enables people who cannot spend 9 days away from the office or family to enjoy Peacock Bass fishing as never before in a very private upscale atmosphere. We are offering these short trips at our “New Concept” Single Occupancy Safari Camps where everyone has a private 250 sq ft, air-conditioned cabin, complete with a queen bed plus a private bathroom and shower with only 6 people in camp! The chartered Caravan float plane to and from your Safari Camp as well as all tackle including TFO bait casting, spinning plus fly rods, Shimano reels, Power Pro lines PLUS ALL TERMINAL TACKLE, LURES & FLIES are included at no additional cost!
Many people have asked me about shorter trips than the conventional trip available offering 6 ½ days of fishing for Peacock Bass in Brazil’s Amazon. After having managed the American offices of two of the largest mother boat operations in Brazil’s Amazon we found that short trips really cut down the days of quality fishing one experiences to just a few. By the time you fly into Barcelos and board your mother boat the first day of your trip, it was the 2nd day of your trip if you ran hard upriver all night before you were in decent fishing waters that were not heavily pressured. And then the last day of your trip you had to be back in Barcelos so you could catch the plane back to Manaus early the next morning, having given you just a couple of days of fishing in good waters. Thus these trips have never been very popular.
The logistics of our short trips allow you to travel to Brazil’s Amazon, enjoying 4 ½ days of upscale Peacock Bass fishing and be out of the house or office less than a week, or enjoy 3 ½ days of awesome fishing being out of the house only 5 days! And we have prices to match, $4,990. for the trip offering 4 ½ days of private lands single occupancy fishing and $4,250. for the trip offering 3 1/2 day of fishing. A day room at the hotel the last day in Manaus is also included. Trip prices are all inclusive upon your arrival in Manaus with the exception of gratuities and your meals the last day in Manaus.
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Water levels in Dry Zone #3 (upper Rio Negro River) have experienced higher than normal conditions through November & December of 2016. The high water levels on upper Rio Negro River from Sao Gabriel down to Manaus have been acting like a dam keeping not only the Rio Negro but also the Rio Branco and their tributaries from dropping. This is very evident on River Plate’s Jufari River exclusive fishery where the upper end of the river is experiencing much better water levels and subsequently better fish catches than the lower end of the river where it flows into the Rio Negro. Anglers fishing the upper Rio Negro with mother boat and lodge operators in November and December have reported that high water levels have slowed fishing success in these heavily fished areas where the majority of the Peacock Bass fishing pressure occurs. Water levels had begun to fall the last week of November but increased sharply beginning the first week of December and have continued on the upswing from Moura, located about 50 miles downriver from Barcelos, all the way up to San Gabriel several hundred miles upriver from Barcelos. This is not unusual for early December as the upper Rio Negro watershed usually experiences what is called the “Christmas rains” the first two weeks of December. Historically the water levels in the upper Rio Negro watershed tend to decrease the last two weeks of December and into January. Lets hope for a decrease in water levels to help to get the water out of the vegetation on the main rivers edges and get the Peacock Bass out of the brush for the second half of the 2016-2017 fishing season.
Anglers report that due to the high water conditions on the main river channels of the Rio Negro, trolling jigs and flies next to the flooded brush and cover near the rivers edge has been the most productive form of fishing as large areas of water can be covered in pursuit of the widely dispersed Peacock Bass. Fishermen fishing the upper ends of the tributaries to the Rio Negro where water levels are lower have reported catches of 30 – 40 Peacocks per day on subtle top water lures the likes of Jumping Minnows and Spook type baits as well as casting subsurface jerk baits and jigs as overall these waters are not as high as the main river channels.
Water levels in Dry Zone #4 and it’s tributaries to the Rio Branco and the north side of the Rio Negro are still higher than is ideal for good Peacock Bass fishing. This is the historic norm as these waters do not normally experience ideal water conditions until after the first of the year.
Water levels in Dry Zones 1 & 2 in the Rio Madeira watershed are still very low and unfishable, having experienced historic low water conditions in 2016.
The Legend of Genival
As I go thru life I find I do not have to be able to communicate with someone to call them a friend. When I was 22 and enrolled at Michigan State University I received a phone call in the middle of the night in late October from Mexico. It was an Ernesto Hays who owned a baseball team in Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico asking me with a heavy Spanish accent if I wanted to come to Mexico and play winter baseball their Liga Pacifica de Mexico. I had been going to college in the winters and playing minor league baseball in the Cleveland minor league chain for 5 years and had spent the summer playing for Elmira in the AA Eastern League. One of the American players on the team I had played against that summer recommended me when they needed a pitcher. I was mid way though the fall semester at Michigan State and asked him when they needed me & he said “yesterday” as the season had already started and one of their pitchers had had an injury. I wasn’t really interested until he said he would pay me $2,000.00/month and all living expenses thru the end of the year. Suddenly I was interested, as I had made $1,000.00/month that summer, 1972, playing AA ball and had to pay all my living costs. I discussed it with my wife who said if I really wanted to play Major League baseball, I could not pass up this opportunity. I flew to Tucson, Arizona 2 days later (while she packed the apartment up and headed to her parents’ place), where Ernesto picked me up in his 185 Cessna and flew me several hundred miles south of the boarder to Los Mochis on the Sea of Cortez. They took me to a hotel and dropped off this “never been out of a country where they did not speak English” person, with people that spoken only Spanish. I can remember going down to a little dirt floored place to eat, near the hotel of course so I wouldn’t get lost, looking at a menu and realizing I had no chance of ordering anything. I made my first friend that I could not communicate with when the waiter came by and realized my dilemma took me by the arm, walked me around to a couple of tables and let me look at several dishes until I pointed to one & of course I pointed to a beer too. When I was done I would give him an American green $20.00 bill and he would give me this funky looking Mexican currency as change, man could he have taken me to the cleaners…but he didn’t…or at least I don’t think he did!!! This is how this gracious man helped me eat for the better part of a month, the Spanish words I learned first was Amigo & “deme dos cervezas más por favor!” This winter ball baseball experience helped me to get to the big leagues in 1974 and stay there until 1986, as in the minor leagues they kept “good prospects” & high draft choices around if they did well or not. In winter ball you produced pronto or you were home in short order!
In 1997 I had taken several Texas Rangers baseball players to Brazil’s Amazon Peacock Bass fishing on an 85’ riverboat named the Amazon Queen. While there I made friends with the river boat captain named Genival and his young son Blackie. Genival was an indigenous Indian and I would think had very little formal education. I really enjoyed spending time with him in the wheelhouse of the Queen pointing to different things on the river and the rainforest and thru sign language and my little very limited Spanish, exchanging Portuguese and English words for them. We made a great pair, Genival at the time was in his 40’s I would say & might have made 5’ standing on his toes and I was 6”5”. In 1998 I was hired by Amazon Tours, a Brazilian based Peacock Bass fishing business that was owned and operated by an American, to develop an American marketing office in Texas for them. This necessitated me making one or two trips a year to Brazils Amazon to visit the Amazon Queen and the Rio Negro Lodge where Genival was always happy to see me and “point and recite” & watch his son Blackie grow up. I quit Amazon Tours in 2003 and became involved guiding at and managing a lodge in southwest Alaska for the next 7 years. I made one trip down to Brazil in January of 2006 to another mother boat operation and who was the captain…Genival! It was great to see him again and renew old friendships. In 2010 I was approached by the owner of Captain Peacock Yachts and Expeditions when I was down there looking to get back into booking for Peacock Bass fishing again. This gentleman had been a part time floatplane pilot for Amazon Tours when I was with them & in short order hired me to develop an American marketing office for his company Captain Peacock. On my first trip down to Captain Peacock’s 85’ mother boat the Captain Logan I see Genival again who was the pilot for the Logan & his son Blackie who is all grown up now and one of the guides for Captain Peacock. Some of my best times in the Amazon over the next 3 years were hand lining for bait fish or Piranha off the side of the mother boat or visiting Genival;s native friends with him in the villages after the fishermen had left the boat for the day. My Portuguese vocabulary had increased to maybe 25 or 30 words over the years and Genival’s English had to be up to about the same, as in very little! We still did more communicating in sign language than speaking, but it was sure a relationship I enjoyed. Blackie was rather impressive with his command of the English language and we could converse in English freely. I would always bring an IPod or something for Blackie and a watch or such for Genival and they would always have something like dried Piranha heads or fishing flies like the natives of the Amazon had tied for eons out of the inner bark of a particular tree or another native prize. We spent many hours telling lies the other could not understand and laughing like hell! We spent New Year’s night together on a remote Amazon sand bar with 10 guests and the staff of the boat, watching fireworks and all laughing at each other and celebrating the New Year, as very few Americans ever will. From somewhere he produced a bottle of Amazon home brew and he and I and at the stroke of midnight ran into the black Rio Negro. These are memories I will never forget….Genival called me his “Grande Amigo .”During the 2013 – 2014 fishing season Genival was the Captain of another mother boat and while in Santa Isabel fell from the gangplank, hit his head and drowned. About a month later I had a friend going down to fish with Captain Peacock and I was able to send Blackie several pictures of his father I had taken over our years of friendship. I have found out long ago, speaking the same language is not a prerequisite for friendship. Try interfacing with people that don’t speak your language with sign language as the Plain Indians of America communicated with each other and the white man for many, many years. It will seem silly at first, but being able to laugh at yourself is a big part of friendship and believe me, trying to communicate thru sign language can be damn funny at times! In this day and age of Facebook and Google Translate, I stay in touch with friends and past clients in Russia, Brazil, Japan and many other countries, I consider it Facebook Sign Language!
The Peacock Bass fishing season began in late July with our first group scheduled to fish our exclusive fisher on the Marmelos River in the Tineray Indian Reservation in Dry Zone #1 located about 400 miles south of Manaus. Water levels are at a historic low in Dry Zone #1 not allowing us to access the river with our floating Safari Camps that only draw 4” of water! This necessitated us to move our operations to our exclusive fishery in Dry Zone #2 about 250 miles south of Manaus, encompassing the Rio Matupiri and Rio Igapo in the Muhura Indian Reservation. Water levels were still a little higher than ideal in late July but anglers were able to average 20 – 30 Peacock Bass per day each thru the first week of September. Groups of 6 – 8 anglers/week have averaged catching around 1,000 Peacocks Bass during their 6 ½ days of fishing. One group of 4 anglers fishing the 2nd week of August, boated 995 Peacocks up to 16 lbs, for an average of 38 fish/day/person! The number of Peacocks in the 8 – 20 lb class being caught has increased each week as water levels continue to drop.
Water levels in Dry Zone #3 on the upper Rio Negro around Barcelos and in Dry Zone #4 on the Rio Branco are still high enough that the water is out of the rivers banks and is not really fishable. Water levels are descending at a normal pace and are slightly higher than they were last year at this time, which is good as last year Dry Zones #3 & #4 experienced historic low water levels with mother boats on the upper Rio Negro being stranded in the extremely low Rio Negro for weeks at a time. NOAA is predicting that La Nina conditions should have little effect on the Amazon this winter, hopefully allowing water levels to return to normal.
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Experience the type of fishing we experienced in the late 1990’s, with miles of rivers that enjoy little to no fishing pressure. In our private land fisheries, catches of 25 – 40 Peacock Bass/day per person are the norm and not the exception.! Small groups of 6 – 8 anglers flying directly to our remote camps from Manaus, enables us to put you on prime fishing waters the first day of your trip! Air-conditioned single occupancy cabins with queen beds and double occupancy cabins with single beds are available.
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The next five years I spent managing the American office for a different mother boat Peacock Bass fishing operation in Brazil making a living and managing a premium fly-in lodge in southwest Alaska. Managing the lodge in Alaska and being able to fly to remote destinations every day, which is the premium fishing trip in Alaska, really made me want to pursue this idea again in Brazil’s Amazon. Upon retiring as General Manager of the lodge in Alaska in 2015, I began to discuss my idea of offering a remote fly-in fishing operation in the Amazon with River Plate’s floating camps being able to offer single occupancy cabins in the heart of several prime Peacock Bass fishing tributaries for all 7 days of a client’s trip. We have this operation together and are have trips offering 6 ½ or 4 ½ days of fishing , utilizing Caravan wheel and float planes to flying directly from Manaus to your Safari Camp you in primo unpressured black water tributaries with small groups of 6 fishermen per week from October thru March. You will enjoy 250 sq ft air-conditioned private cabins each with a queen bed plus private bathroom & shower. We also offer upscale food & beverage service, all adult beverages, daily maid and laundry service, custom gully equipped 21 bass boats and guides plus the use of all rods, reels & LURES as part of the trip package. We even offer single occupancy hotel rooms in Manaus the first night of your trip!
“Absolutely a first class trip for big dog fisherman. Excellent amenities for being in the middle of nowhere. You better be ready to fish a lot, or just stay on the porch with the small dogs. I've fished Brazil 4 times since 1998, with the last one on this venue In 2015. It was the best for serious peacock bass fishing. Jim Kern will take care of you”. James Gernentz Bay Town, Texas 18 May 2016
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Bait Casting Equipment
Rods: Two 6 ½’ - 7 ‘ medium heavy bait casting rods . I prefer the 3 piece travel rods such as Temple Fork Outfitters TRC 705–3 7’0” MH
Reels: Two high speed retrieve bait casting reels that will hold 100+ yds of 65 – 80lb Kevlar braided line. My preference are a small Shimano Curado 200HG loaded with 65 lb test Kevlar line or the larger Shimano 300 Curado E loaded with 80 lb test Kevlar line.
I strongly suggest you use bait casting equipment rather than spinning gear for Peacock Bass as the heavy braided Kevlar line necessary for this game does not cast terribly well off a spinning reel and drags are not as smooth when set tight on spinning reels as they are on bait casting reels. But if you are not user friendly with a bait casting reel use the spinning equipment.
Rods: Two 6 ½’ - 7 ‘medium heavy spinning rods. I prefer the 3 piece travel rods such as Temple Fork Outfitters TRS 705–3 7’0” MH
Reels: Two medium heavy spinning reels that will hold 100 yds+ of 65 – 80 lb test braided Kevlar line. My preference is a Shimano 4000 class spinning reel.
A braided Kevlar line is a must as even though Peacock Bass have no more teeth than a Black Bass about like 60 grit sandpaper. They are structure oriented fish and as soon as they feel the hook the war is on as you try to keep them out of the logs and brush. I prefer 80 lb Power Pro brand Kevlar line, but on some of the smaller reels like the Shimano Curado 200, I drop to 65 lb Power Pro as the reel will only hold about 80 yds of 80 lb
You don’t need steel leaders for Peacock Bass & stay away from swivels and snap swivels, they will cost you a big fish one day! If you plan on fishing for Piranha, bring some stout steel leaders!
Top Water: You will need two types, noisy propeller type lures and subtle “walking the dog” action type lures and you will need 2 or 3 of each type.
For Noisy Propeller type top water lures I suggest the 6.5” Rip Roller manufactured by High Roller. I like the 6.5” model as it has three 3/0 treble hooks on it where the 5.5” has only 2 treble hooks and the 7.5” is just to heavy and long to cast all day. I would suggest Clown, Fire Tiger or Halloween colors.
There are several other manufactures of these prop type top water baits like Pavon Prop, Temptress and Peacock Passion.
For subtle “walking the dog” type top water lures you will need a couple of 4-5” lures, with stout 2/0 or 3/0 hooks, like a Salt Water Zara Spook, Rebel Jumping Minnow, or a He Dog. Bone white, in white with a red head or chrome colors.
Subsurface: You will need a couple of subsurface jerk baits 4 – 5” long with stout 1/0 – 2/0 hooks. My favorite is the Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow in silver, blue & black or red & white.
Rapala makes an X-Rap that is good and there is a Brazilian lure called Pervesa that works good.
Jigs: I would suggest you take 12 – 18 one half oz jigs with you. They make these jigs with an extended tail on them especially for Peacock Bass. You can usually buy these at the Safari Camp for around $5.00/each. Red & White and Red & Yellow seem to work the best.
Rods: I would suggest you take two 9’ 9 wt fly rods. I use a Temple Fork 9’ 9wt 4 piece Mangrove fly rod. An 8 wt will get the job done unless you hook into a fish in the high teens or low 20 lb class. 10 wt works good but it is a bitch to throw all day.
Reels: Small salt water fly reels work well. You will need to have a reel that will hold 100 – 150 yds of 30+ lb backing as well as the fly line. I recommend Temple Fork Outfitters new Atoll 1 fly reel, it is a large arbor & has an excellent 15 lb drag on it.
Lines: I do most of my fly fishing with streamers and subsurface flies, therefore I use an intermediate sinking line the most. It is always good to take a floating line as well if you are going to use poppers and/or Dahlberg Divers. The Salt Water style fly lines work better than lines designed for fresh waters as they are harder and are easier to cast with big streamers in the heat of the Amazon. I use weight forward lines.
Leaders: I use 6 ft of straight 30 – 50 lb monofilament for leaders. Peacock Bass are not leader shy and the heavy leaders are necessary if the fish get back into the brush. Tapered leaders are not necessary as the heavy streamers you will be using will lay the line out nicely.
Flies: I would take a couple of dozen flies. I tie my Peacock flies on stout 4/0 hooks in a Lefty’s Deceiver style. Clouser type weighted flies work well too. I tie my flies about 4 inches long with some Flashabou in them, eyes are very important on these flies as well. Green & White, Red & White, Pink & White and Sardine colors are good.
Extras: A good stripping glove or sock to put over the index finger of your stripping hand is a must as pulling the fly line over it all day will burn the skin off. Good set of split ring pliers and a knife are handy. I always carry about a pint of powdered Gator Aid with me & add it to my bottled water to help with cramps in your hand, a day of casting and jerking top water and subsurface baits in the heat will lead to hand cramps like you have never experienced before. Be sure to bring a good pair of polarized sun glasses and lots of SPF 30+ sunscreen too!
The camp will have some extra bait casting rods and reels if you break or have trouble with yours. They also usually have jigs for sale a $5.00/. I tie and sell flies at $12.00 each or $120.00/dozen. I have been to the Amazon 32 times since 1997 and tie what works and stays together. I also sell lure kits for conventional fishing with what you will need at $300.00 for the kit that includes jigs, top water and subsurface lures. If you are interested in any of these let me know.
Jim Kern has a long history in the Peacock Bass world. Jim has fished in Brazil 32 times since 1997 with both fly and conventional tackle. Jim developed and ran the American office for Captain Peacock from 2010 thru 2013 was the Vice President and General Manager of Amazon Tours from 1998 thru 2003. Through Emu Outfitting, his outfitting company of 30 years, he managed Alaska’s Rainbow Bay Resort from 2007-2009 & Alaska’s Angry Eagle Lodge 2013 & 2014. Jim holds a Coast Guard Captains license, has been a registered fishing guide in Alaska, Montana and Idaho and has been a fly tier for 40 years. Jim also was a 3 time American League All Star baseball pitcher in 1977, 78, and 79 & the American League Relief Pitcher of the year in 1979.