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Guided Fishing in the Amazon

 

 

Our remote and exclusive Brazilian program is designed around the very best the Amazon has to offer. We are not like the big operators who pump through large numbers of anglers. Our program is limited to 8 anglers per week maximum.

Kana Men Lodge (Home of the Big Fish in the Hixkaryana language)

2024 will be the first year this immense stretch of the river will be fished by anglers. Our exploratory trip was everything we expected and so much more. This river is not lowland jungle. It is one of the few Amazon rivers with hills in the valley. This makes for spectacular vistas around every river bend.

I spent a week on RIVER X with the oldest and most successful outfitter in Brazil. He has over 40 years of experience. It was my turn to listen and learn. This river is truly untouched and the fishing shows. Long casts are not needed. Every creek mouth is loaded with adult Thyrosus Peacocks. Almost all mid-river rockpiles also hold bonecrushing Amazon Peacock Bass. We had days when we caught 15-20 fish per person, or more, all between 10-16 pounds. Make sure to have your fish fighting arm in good shape. You will be lifting a few hundred pounds of trophy Amazon Peacock Bass every day.

River x is a clear blackwater river which means few if any biting bugs. It is interesting fishing as well. Located in the North Eastern portion of the state of Amazonas, this region has extensive jungle and rarely seen topography in Brazil, which adds to the allure of this remote and impenetrable 424,400 Hectare wilderness protected area. This unique river system is also within an indigenous territory, comprised of the Hixkaryana people.

The river is a clear-water system of considerable proportions, breaking into a series of smaller channels with boulders or rapids. There are giant deep back eddies where true monster fish can be found, and lots of rapids and rocky structure that creates a ton of pocket water to be fished. Rocky islands, small creek inlet mouths and boulder scattered shores are a hotspot for these predatory fish.

This river system is an exceptionally rich ecosystem within a breathtaking landscape of scattered jungle covered hills. A true gem, even for Brazil standards.

Please go to our pricing and availability page for details on current dates. 

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Anglers can take an easy direct commercial flight from Fort Lauderdale out to MANAUS, BRAZIL (MAO). You will need to make these arrangements on your own, but of please contact us with any questions or concerns about your specific itinerary before you make any purchases. We suggest working with OLYMPUS TRAVEL CORP, for any commercial flight bookings, they are experts at service for troubleshooting or any help with your flight reservations. reservas2@travelolympus.com

Anglers must arrive to Manaus, Brazil. From there our team will handle all the ground transfers from Airport to Hotel for you. Guests will stay one night at the Hotel (included) and next morning they are transferred to catch their floatplane flight to the lodge. When the trip ends, guests will arrive back to the Manaus airport to catch their flight back home. If an extra night of hotel is needed (not included), then we will arrange the reservation for you, your transfer back to the hotel and the return to the airport to catch your flight back home.

SAFETY AND HEALTH:

We strongly advise to purchasing travel insurance and med evac coverage.
Important to bring some Insect repellent with Icaridin, and UV-protected clothing. Surprisingly there are usually little to no biting insects out there, but for the occasional event that they are present, it is good to have some repellent available. Some really good sun block is a must!

INOCULATIONS AND COVID:

What are the requirements related to Covid-19 to enter Brazil? As of September 2022, passengers entering Brazil only need to present a vaccination certificate. The accepted vaccines are those approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or by the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), or A NEGATIVE PCR TEST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR FLIGHT OR A NEGATIVE ANTIGEN TEST.

The Yellow Fever vaccine is not mandatory to enter Brazil. However, it is recommended.

VISA:

A visa is now required to enter Brazil. There is a maximum stay of 90 days. Passengers not holding a return ticket may be refused entry. For any Visa requirements questions, or help acquiring a visa, please contact our affiliated travel agency. reservas2@travelolympus.com

Itinerary

8 Day Trip with 6.5 – 7 days of fishing.

SATURDAY – (prior to the start of your trip) – Arrive to Manaus and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay already in Manaus. (both included in the package).

SUNDAY (DAY 1) – Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to catch floatplane flight to the lodge. Arrive to camp 1 and settle in your quarters. A thorough briefing and an early welcome lunch before heading out for the first afternoon of fishing. Return to Camp 1 for dinner and rest.

MONDAY (DAY 2) – Breakfast. Fish first set of Camp 1 beats for the day. Shore lunch. Fish the rest of the afternoon. Return to Camp 1 for dinner and rest.

TUESDAY (DAY 3) – Breakfast. Fish 2nd set of Camp 1 beats for the day. Shore lunch. Fish the afternoon. Return to camp 1 for the night. Pack luggage to move to Camp 2 tomorrow. Dinner and rest.

WEDNESDAY (DAY 4)– Breakfast. Fish our way over to Camp 2. Shore lunch. Fish all afternoon and arrive at Camp 2 for dinner and rest.

THURSDAY (DAY 5)– Breakfast. Fish our 1st set of Camp 2 beats for the day. Shore lunch. Fish the afternoon and return to Camp 2 for dinner and rest.

FRIDAY (DAY 6)– Breakfast. Fish our 2nd set of Camp 2 beats for the day. Shore lunch. Fish the rest of the afternoon and return to Camp 2 for dinner and rest.

SATURDAY (DAY 7)– Breaksfast. Early outing to fish the morning. Shore lunch. Return to Camp 1 after lunch, fishing along the way. Arrive at Camp 1 for farewell dinner and rest.

SUNDAY (DAY 8)– Breakfast. Leave cargo with staff. Option for an extra early outing of a couple hours to finish off the week and meet the crew at the landing site to put away all your gear and be ready to board the plane. Your guide calls the shots, so he will get you there in time. Fly out back to Manaus. Arrive to airport and catch your flight back home – or – transfer to your hotel (overnight stay not included) and then back to the airport to catch your flight home (ground transfers included).

Accommodations and Service

The accommodations are a hybrid of wooden structures and tents, including our kitchen and storage, dining area, staff quarters, fully functional bathrooms and double or single occupancy rooms that are large tents fully equipped with furniture, electrical power and air conditioning for added comfort. We accommodate only 8 anglers per week, to give you a more personalized and exclusive experience.

Our Camps are built and operated with the most eco-conscious approach possible, whilst still providing an exceedingly comfortable and top notch experience. You will sleep in cozy beds with the A/C on full power, enjoying the fully immersed JUNGLE EXPERIENCE, but in unfathomable comfort for the middle of the proper Brazilian Amazon jungle.

Food is a mix of local cuisine with international gourmet dishes. We want to give you a culinary experience as well as some familiarity with a subtle touch of Amazon flavors. We will personalize your meals as much as possible, working around any preferences or special dietary needs. Our chef and kitchen staff will keep you satisfied with a very complete breakfast and excited to return to the lodge for dinner, wondering what the surprise dessert will be that night! Our Chef will prepare your packed lunches, making them easy to digest, flavorful, nutritive and not heavy, so that you can have the energy to fish all afternoon. We will also be able to eat certain species and class sizes of fish according to your indigenous guides’ recommendation. They will be preparing your shore lunches upon request, which will be some fresh fish, rice, farofa, salad, and other local side dishes.

Our program is designed around TROPHY Amazon Peacock Bass. We are located on a remote tributary of a lightly fished but known river. With the large strain of hard fighting Thyrorus Peacock bass we offer to the discriminating angler a chance to see real and remote Amazon. No other lodges and no pressure on the fish has allowed them to grow big healthy and hard fighting.

The Amazon rainforest is not only a biodiversity hotspot but also a haven for angling enthusiasts seeking the ultimate fishing adventure. Among the myriad species that inhabit its intricate waterways, the Thyrorus Peacock Bass stands out as a prized catch, attracting anglers from around the world to experience the thrill of this exhilarating pursuit.

The Thyrorus Peacock Bass, scientifically known as Cichla Thyrorus, is one of the most sought-after species for sport fishing in the Amazon basin. Renowned for its striking appearance, powerful strikes, and aggressive behavior, it offers anglers a remarkable challenge and an opportunity to engage with nature in one of the most pristine and untouched environments on the planet. C. Thyrorus is similar to C. temensis, however its torso is thicker with a greater height to length ratio.

Found primarily in the tributaries and blackwater lagoons of the Amazon River, Thyrorus Peacock Bass fishing is an experience that combines adrenaline-pumping action with an immersion into the heart of the rainforest. The fish’s vibrant colors, including iridescent blues, greens, and golds, add to the allure of the catch. These colors are not only a visual delight but also serve as a testament to the fish’s adaptability to its surroundings.

Anglers who embark on Thyrorus Peacock Bass fishing expeditions often find themselves navigating through dense foliage and winding waterways in pursuit of their elusive quarry. The journey to fishing grounds requires a blend of boating skills and respect for the environment. Along the way, anglers are treated to breathtaking views of the lush rainforest, diverse wildlife, and the enchanting symphony of sounds that define this unique ecosystem.

Once at the fishing grounds, the real adventure begins. Anglers use a variety of techniques and lures to entice the Thyrorus Peacock Bass to strike. These fish are known for their voracious appetite and territorial nature, making them aggressive contenders on the line. Whether using topwater lures for explosive surface strikes or diving plugs for deep-water battles, the angling experience is an adrenaline rush that tests both skill and determination.

However, Thyrorus Peacock Bass fishing isn’t just about the catch; it’s also about conservation. Responsible fishing practices are crucial to preserving the delicate balance of the Amazon ecosystem. Catch-and-release practices are all we use. This allows anglers to enjoy the excitement of the sport while ensuring the sustainability of the fishery for future generations.

The allure of Thyrorus Peacock Bass fishing extends beyond the thrill of the catch. It’s an opportunity to connect with nature in its purest form, to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse oneself in a world where time seems to stand still. It’s a chance to witness the interconnectedness of species, ecosystems, and the importance of safeguarding our planet’s most precious resources.

Thyrorus Peacock Bass fishing in the Amazon is more than just a sport; it’s an unforgettable adventure that blends the excitement of angling with the wonders of the rainforest. From navigating the intricate waterways to experiencing the heart-pounding strikes of these vibrant fish, every moment spent on the Amazon’s waters is a testament to the beauty and resilience of nature. As anglers cast their lines and engage in this captivating pursuit, they become part of a legacy that values both the thrill of the catch and the conservation of one of the world’s most extraordinary environments.

There are many other species in our drainages.  These fish are numerous and readily available.

1. Thyrorus /paca*
2. Popoca (C. Ocellaris)*
3. Bicuda spotted*
4. Bicuda larga *
5. Boca de cachorro (pike characin)*
6. Aruanã*
7. Traira*
8. Jacundá*
9. Piranha preta*
10. Piranha branca*
11. Payara red tail*
12. Yatorana*
13. Pacu voala*
14. Pescada (croaker)*
15. Pacu peba
16. Pirarucu
17. Cachara*
18. Pirarara*
19. Matrinxa
20. Coroata catfish
21. Sardinata (apapa) amazon pellona

We are continuing to explore new rivers and programs to bring you the absolute best fishing experience possible in this jungle wilderness.

"I have fished for Bonefish at every imaginable location. Lost Key Lodge is the pinnacle of remote and unspoiled, yet so close to home. If you are looking for that one huge Bone and monster Permit this is the place.”

– Scot H, Wyoming, USA