20 July 2017
The Peacock Bass fishing season in Brazil’s Amazon has begun in River Plate’s exclusive fishery on the Marmelos River in Dry Zone S. East (Dry Zone #1) located in the Rio Madeira watershed south of Manaus. The first group on anglers arrived Saturday, 15 July and although the water was a little higher than optimum they are descending steadily enabling clients to land the large numbers of fish our southern fishery is known for. Tuesday, one boat with two anglers boated 183 Peacock Bass weighing upwards of 16 lbs with a good number of fish over 12 lbs. Anglers also caught Tambaqui, Caras & Piranha. Top water action was excellent and fly fishermen were successful using the old standby pattern, the red and yellow Mickey Finn streamer.
Last season the water levels in the Rio Madeira watershed were at historic lows and fishing success suffered in late July, August, September and early October when we fish our exclusive fisheries on the Marmelos, Matupiri & Igapo Acu Rivers south of Manaus. This year the water levels are looking to be ideal and we expect the early season Peacock Bass fishing in Southeast and Southwest Dry Zones (#1 & #2) to produce the big numbers of Peacock Bass this early season southern fishery has long been known for. Most of the Peacock Bass fishing pressure takes place in the upper Rio Negro from October thru February, located 250 – 400 miles north west of Manaus on public water where 50+ mother boats and cruise ships exert heavy pressure on the Peacock Bass fishing resources. River Plate in contrast, leases over 8 million acres of indigenous Indian lands and government preserves, enjoying exclusive fishing rights on those lands in the Rio Madeira, Rio Negro and Rio Branco watersheds where they can manage the fishing pressure and thus the Peacock Bass fishing resources providing the type of unpressured Peacock Bass fishing experience we did in the 1990s.
Peacock Bass fishing in Brazil’s Amazon is evolving much like Alaska did 40 years ago when the easy to get to waters became heavily pressured, fishing success plummeted and the trophy fishing experience became oriented around the remote fly-in lodges. Today, Brazil’s trophy Peacock Bass fishing experience has become oriented around the “fly-in” remote floating, mobile Safari Camps fishing private Indian lands and government preserves on the black water tributaries to the major river systems frequented by the large “navy” of large and small mother boat operations. If you are looking for the “true Amazon Peacock Bass fishing experience,” contact us and let us show you what the Amazon’s remote “fly-in” fishing experience for small groups of 6 – 12 fishermen is all about.
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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.