5 Anglers Land 9 Peacock Bass Over 20 Pounds
in 6 ½ Days of Fishing!
October 13 – 20, 2018!
5 anglers (2 of them fly fishermen) boated 9 Peacocks weighing over 20 lbs in 6 ½ days of fishing last week on River Plate’s exclusive fishery on the upper Uneuixi River in Brazil’s Amazon. This fishery has been touted by the Amazon guides as the best fishery in the upper Rio Negro watershed and that is proving to be true! River Plate’s concept of “fly-in” fishing on remote stretches of backwater tributaries with small groups of a max of 8 fishermen per week is again proving to offer the best fishing for BIG Peacock Bass in South America! Brazil’s Amazon has been known for the last 30 yrs for producing the biggest Peacocks in the world, but the heavy traffic of 50+ yachts and river boats, handling up to 30 angler each per week operating out of Barcelos and Ste Isabel on the main river channels of the Rio Negro, has greatly diluted the number of 15+ lb Peacocks caught by anglers. Much like the fishing in Alaska evolved years ago, the new norm for catching big fish in Brazil’s Amazon is the remote “fly-in” fishing trips offered by River Plate and its associates!
River Plate Anglers “Fly-In” Fishing on Private Indian Land
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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.
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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.
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Fishing the Amazon since 1992!
Peacock Bass Fishing Report - 40-45 Peacocks / Day Average the Last Three Weeks!
Rio Madeira Watershed
Dry Zone #2 SW Matupiri River
Water levels have gone down slower than usual in September on the Matupiri River, River Plate’s exclusive fishery in the Mahura Indian Reservation south of Manaus. Anglers have still experienced good catches of Peacock Bass averaging 35-50 Peacocks per angler boated the last three to four weeks. With the water just now approaching ideal water levels the bigger Peacocks, upwards of 19 lbs, are beginning to be caught. This fishery should produce good catches through late October.
Dry Zone #1 SE Marmelos River
The Marmelos River, River Plate’s exclusive Peacock Bass fishery in the Tenherin Indian Reservation south of Manaus, produced great Peacock Bass fishing from mid-July through mid-August this year with anglers averaging 40 – 45 Peacocks per day weighing upwards of 20 lbs. We did some exploratory trips as much as 70 miles above where we normally stage our Safari Camps to ascertain the multi-species fishing this area might offer. We were pleasantly surprised with the variety of fish including Peacock Bass, Jacunda, Sorbium Catfish, Piranha, Bicuda, Wolf Fish and other varieties that were caught on this trip. The headwaters offered rapids and waterfalls with crystal clear water ideal for sight casting. Next season we will be offering special trips for small groups to experience this untouched multi-species sight fishing.
Rio Negro Watershed
Dry Zone #3 NW Urubaxi River, Jufaris River & the main Rio Negro
Water levels are dropping quickly in the upper Rio Negro Watershed from Sao Gabriel down thru Santa Isabel & Barcelos to Mora, located 200 kilometers upriver from Manaus. It looks like water conditions will make for good Peacock Bass fishing in October this year, as much as 2 or 3 weeks earlier than historic norms. With no La Nina or El Nino weather conditions apparent in the Pacific Ocean this fall and winter we are expecting excellent water levels throughout the 2017-2018 fishing season.
Rio Branco Watershed
Dry Zone #4 NE Xeriuni, Itapara and Omero Lakes
Water levels are receding at normal historic rates in the upper Rio Branco Watershed which usually reaches ideal water levels in early January providing good Peacock Bass fishing into early March when water levels are rising to unfishable levels on the Rio Negro. If the water continues to drop normally, it is possible the tributaries to the Rio Banco could become fishable in December.
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There are many different operations offering Peacock Bass fishing trips in Brazil’s Amazon with the majority of them, consisting of over 50 river boats and yachts operations handling up to 30 guest per week, on the heavily fished waters of the Rio Negro operating out of Barcelos. Much like Alaska evolved into many years ago, the operators offering Fly-In trips to remote locations on private Indian lands and government have become the primo operations for trophy Peacock Bass fishing in Brazil’s Amazon. We offer upscale floating Safari Camps for small groups of 6 – 12 anglers on over 8 million acres of remote Indian lands where our anglers experience exclusive fishing rights in both single and double occupancy air-conditioned cabin Safari Camps. Check out our remote Fly-In Safari Camps and experience the great Peacock Bass fishing opportunities that were available in the 1990’s in Brazil’s Amazon.
Fishing the Amazon Since 1992
Pre-Season Water Level Report
Upper Rio Negro Watershed
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.