2388 PEACOCK BASS BOATED BY 8 ANGLERS IN 6 ½ DAYS OF FISHING ON RIO BRANCO TRIBUTARY IN DRY ZONE #4 NE!
The Rio Negro, in the state of Amazonas, drains lands in Columbia and west-central Venezuela where rainfall has been above normal. As a result, November water levels on the upper Rio Negro have remained higher than expected, but are beginning to recede. By contrast, the tributaries in the Rio Branco Watershed in the state of Roraima are reaching optimum water levels for productive Peacock Bass fishing 6 – 7 weeks earlier than normal. The Rio Branco drains lands of eastern Venezuela and Guyana which have been experiencing lower than average rainfall this fall.
Dry Zone #3 NW
Upper Rio Negro between Moura and San Gabriel
Including the Barcelos and Ste. Isabel areas in the State of Amazonas.
Water levels in the upper Rio Negro Watershed fell nicely thru the 3rd week of September hinting at good levels for Peacock Bass fishing this fall. Unfortunately, rainfall the last week of September and the first two weeks of October caused the water levels to rise once again - hampering the Peacock Bass fishing. Since the 3rd week of October water levels have been falling slowly, only just reaching the abnormally high levels recorded in November 2016. It will be interesting to see what water levels do in mid-December when the upper Rio Negro transitions into the historic rains of late-December commonly called the Christmas rains. Operators this fall have reported slow fishing for Peacock Bass in Dry Zone #3 NW with may reports of tributaries out of their banks and limited sandbars showing in the main river channels.
Dry Zone #4 NE
Rio Branco Watershed including Omero Lakes, Xeriuni, Itapara, Kabori & Jufari Rivers between Cracarai the Rio Negro in the state of Roraimi.
PEACOCK BASS FISHERMEN HAVE BEEN ENJOYING CATCHES OF 20 – 60 PEACOCKS PER DAY FOR THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS!
Water levels began dropping unusually early during October in the Rio Branco Watershed north of the village of Moura - just downriver from the Rio Branco’s confluence with the Rio Negro. The Rio Branco Watershed, northwest of Manaus, historically sees ideal water levels in January and February. Lower than expected rainfall has produced better than normal fishing conditions this fall. One group of 4 fly fishermen boated 1,700 Peacock Bass in 6 ½ days of fishing the 3rd week of November.
Many of the best black water tributaries in the Rio Branco Watershed are protected by private Indian lands – accessible only by operators leasing these remote lands. Unlike the heavily fished public waters of the upper Rio Negro, the lease programs allow the exclusive operators to manage the fishing pressure greatly enhancing the angler’s Peacock Bass fishing experience. They also directly benefit the indigenous peoples living on these lands and help preserve the rainforest and its inhabitants. These remote, Fly-In fishing operations are rapidly becoming the premium Peacock Bass fishing experience in Brazil’s Amazon much as they did in Alaska over 20 years ago.
Dry Zone #2 SW & #1 SE
Rio Madeira Watershed south of Manaus
Dry Zones #1 & #2 in the Rio Madeira Watershed experience their optimal water levels from mid-July to mid-October, and have now concluded their season.
FISH WITH THE BEST AWAY FROM THE REST
Fished last week in Brazil's Amazon on the Jufaris River northwest of Manaus. We flew directly into one of River Plate's Single-Occupancy Safari Camps on private Indian lands and had a great time. Water levels were a little higher than ideal, but considerably lower than the main River Negro. The Peacocks were spawning with fish transitioning from the non-spawning Paca coloration to their 3 Bar spawning colors.
Woodchoppers and Jumping Minnow worked the best for us during the week. It sure is nice to fly directly into your fishing area and be in prime waters the first afternoon of your trip rather than having to fly into Barcelos and then spend a day or two getting away from the highly pressured waters around town to get into descent fishing!
We still have a few spots available for the fall & winter, come experience our "Fly-In" fishing trips, fishing private Indian lands with small groups of 6 - 8 anglers enjoying private cabins with queen beds plus upscale dining.
FISH WITH THE BEST AWAY FROM THE REST!
Fishing the Amazon since 1992!
Kermit Adams, founder of K Lures out of Fresno, CA sent me some of his BIG K-lures in several different conformations to try on my next trip to Brazil's Amazon for Peacock Bass. I have used Kermit's lures in the past, catching some pretty good Peacocks on them.
Several things I will say about Kermit's Lures, they are big (Magnum size!) and tough! Kermit's lures are equipped with 5/0 & 6/0 4x strong VMU premium hooks and heavy split rings as well as extra long screws and tuned propellers. You don't have to worry about modifying these lures before using them! These monsters, weighing upwards of 2 ozs, remind me of Phil Jensen's big original Wood Choppers of the 1990's.
Some of Kermit's paint jobs are impressive as well! You can throw these well balanced logs into the next area code, so you want to be sure your reels are fully loaded with line before you wind up and chunk one of these big boys. Kermit, I'm looking forward to using these beauties within the next month and see if we can excite a BIG Peacock Bass into doing battle with one of your gems. I'll share some pictures with you and my Facebook friends when I get back from what will be my 35th trip to Brazil's Amazon since 1997! I'm sure our guides on our Safari Camps with River Plate Outfitters will be impressed with these "choppers!"
FISH WITH THE BEST AWAY FROM THE REST
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.