Our Concept of a Premier Fishing Trip
Tuco Carvalho, owner and operator of TC Fishing, has been providing the finest Peacock Bass fishing trips available since 1999. As late as 2000 there were fewer than a handful of operators offering trips for this hard fighting member of the “African Cichlid family of fish. Since then, the interest in Peacock Bass fishing has exploded and today there are several fixed lodges operating on the upper Rio Negro watershed and over 60 mother boats handling as many as 30 fishermen per day, each plying the Rio Negro out of Barcelos, the hub of the modern day Peacock Bass fishing industry. As these mother boats draw 4 - 8 feet of water, they are restricted primarily to the main Rio Negro Channels within a 100 mile radius of Barcelos. This means there can be as many as 100 - 150 bass boats on these waters in a given day during the fishing season. Some of these operators have tried to compensate for the limited mobility of their mother boats by equipping their guides with heavy, large high powered bass boats which allow them to run 30 - 60 minutes from the mother boats to reach their prime fishing areas. This limits fishing time plus the ability to get into select backwater lakes and lagoons.
Tuco's concept of a upscale mobile safari camp offering premium service and accommodations eliminated the need to compete with the river boats and outfitters on the public waters of the Rio Negro. Linking the floating cabins and support cabins in a “River Train” made it possible to access and fish the remote, unpressured waters of the upper regions of the main river tributaries. Drawing only 4” of water, the “River Train” concept allows Tuco to move the comfortable, air conditioned Safari Camps several times a week. As a result, our guests have access to uncounted miles of backwater lakes and lagoons as well as the tributaries themselves in a weeks fishing.
Mobility & Limited Fishing Pressure
Our Private Lands Offering Exclusive Fishing Privileges
We have gone a step further to ensure our anglers enjoy the finest peacock bass fishing experience in the Amazon by negotiating exclusive fishing entry permits from Indian Reservations. These permits are enforced by the villagers of those particular rivers and several times they have brought in anglers from competing fishing operations that violated these exclusive entry areas and escorted them off these private entry waters. The compensation given to the indigenous Indian villages have included electrical generators, satellite systems that have allowed the villages to acquire online communications and online learning centers for the indigenous peoples of the remote Amazon, as well as promoting cottage industries such as lure manufacture providing additional compensation from our fishing operations.
These exclusive fishing privileges have allowed us to manage the amount of fishing pressure on a given fishing area, greatly enhancing the numbers and quality of Peacock Bass available to their anglers. The villagers have discontinued spearing & netting peacocks for their own use and one village recently voted to refrain from targeting Peacock Bass for subsistence helping our overall management of the resource.