This past week saw lots of friends made, lots of fun had, and lots of fish caught.
Just the way I like it!
We had 12 guests on board and they ran the gamut from serious, hardcore anglers to first time adventure seekers and all had a ball.
This group partied, had a fantastic shore lunch, enjoyed a gourmet dinner on a virgin beach under the stars, visited a native village, enjoyed a plethora of wines, drank many cocktails, saw incredible wildlife, and, of course, landed many, many fish.
They landed an astounding 1,368 Peacock Bass along with a host of catfish, piranha, barracuda, dogfish, and other Amazonian species. Of these 1,354 weighed just under 10 pounds, three weighed 10 pounds, two weighed 11 pounds, four tipped the scales at 12 pounds, two weighed 13 pounds, two weighed 14 pounds, and one monstrosity weighed an astounding 17 pounds.
And what’s better than our guests landing all these fish is the fact that they all said they had a fantastic time. Such a great time in fact that half booked a return trip for next year.
I look forward to seeing them soon and hope you can join them.
So much in providing folks with the Trip of a Lifetime that I’ve completely neglected writing up our fishing reports.
Fishing Brazil’s Amazon November 26 to December 2, 2016 was absolutely fantastic. Our 22 guests consisted of mothers and daughters, father and sons, husbands and wives, friends, and honeymooners and all had a great time.
We flew upriver in our private plane in which all enjoyed a tour of the cockpit, and then once onboard our yacht, the Rio Negro Queen, fished, cruised Amazônia, partied, had a superb shore lunch, and enjoyed a gourmet farewell dinner on a virgin beach under the stars prepared by One Star Michelin Chef Roland Villard. We visited a native village, enjoyed a plethora of wines, drank many cocktails, saw incredible wildlife, and learned some great fishing tips from our guides for fishing Peacock Bass.
During our shore lunch under a tall jungle canopy just off the beach, Michelin Chef prepared a tartar with fresh lime, peppers, and other local ingredients then grilled some just-caught-Peacock Bass with a sort of fruit chutney made with passion fruit, watermelon, and a host of other straight-from-the-jungle-sweets. Both dishes, along with Peacock and piranha grilled in the local flavor, were unreal. The gourmet indulgences continued two days later when Chef prepared a seven-course meal for our beach dinner.
You read that right.
And all were cooked right then and there on the spot.
The highlights of these were the duck breast with mushroom and the orange chocolate crepes with a raspberry sauce.
That’s how we eat here at Capt Peacock Yachts & Expeditions.
All of this and more was captured by our top photographers and videographers as we were joined by Ricardo Sassaki and Aldo Lopes. The video and still photographs these gentlemen captured are nothing short of works of art as you can see in this report!
I can’t wait to show more of them to you.
Fishing this week was great with our 22 guests landing a total of 1,288 Peacock Bass and countless other species including catfish, barracuda, dogfish, and piranha. And while my guest Mark Laehn catching a 20 pound Peacock Bass was great, I’ve gotta say that the most interesting catch was landed by Butch.
Butch was trolling for Peacock when something HUGE tore into his jig. He jerked back and reeled but the monster spun out most of his line. So much in fact that his guide had to put the boat in reverse just to keep up. It turned out to be a monster catfish that weighed 28 pounds. I’ve never heard of a catfish being caught while trolling.
Of the 1,288 Peacock landed this week a very impressive 1,259 weighed just under 10 pounds, seven weighed right at 10 pounds, two weighed 11, eight weighed 12, two weighed 13, three tipped the scales at 14 pounds, one weighed 15, three weighed 16, there was one 17, one 18, and one landed by Mark that weighed 20 pounds! Mark said of his catch and trip, “I had a great experience and trip of a lifetime!”
Mark’s absolutely right.
We promise and deliver our guests nothing short of the Trip of a Lifetime.
She fished all day with her husband Hunter and although they caught tons of Peacock Bass – the biggest of which was pretty close to twenty pounds – she was most excited about the macaws she saw.
And she saw a lot of them.
She told me that she and her husband had just pulled into a cove to tackle some Peacock when, “The jungle just exploded in blue!” Kita continued saying that a flock over 70 blue macaws flew upward from the green void and that the sight left her breathless. She shared the experience with all the other guests and new friends that evening and was still talking about it the next day at breakfast.
Brazil’s Amazon is a very special and unique place and it’s experiences like the one Kita shared that keep people coming here.
Capt Peacock Yachts & Expeditions helped raise $1,000,000 on October 12 at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s Wine, Wheels & Wildlife event in North Carolina.
The CSF’s mission is to work with United States Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.
Capt Peacock’s CEO Leonardo Leao said of the event, “We couldn’t be more pleased to do our part to promote the great sport of angling and are honored to assist the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation in their mission.”
Capt Peacock’s donation of a Signature Package for two to Brazil’s Amazon aboard the Rio Negro Queen sold for a record amount at the auction and the winner wasted no time in making plans head south for the Trip of a Lifetime.
“The winner and his wife are ecstatic about their purchase,” Leao says. “And can’t wait to venture to Brazil to cast a line for a World Record Peacock Bass.”
Capt Peacock will next assist the CSF at the annual California Wine, Wings & Wildlife event in July.
About Capt Peacock Yachts and Expeditions:
Capt Peacock Yachts and Expeditions, the premier operator in Brazil’s Amazon, is pleased to announce the launch of its new yacht, the Rio Negro Queen. Measuring 165-feet long by 35-feet wide, this state of the art luxurious floating hotel serves to host an authentic outdoors experiences combined with five-star amenities and services. From here, upwards of 24 guests can depart daily via American made Tracker bass boats to explore the remote waters of the rainforest, partake in the greatest Peacock Bass fishing on the planet, visit indigenous peoples in remote villages, witness pink and gray dolphins, and enjoy a myriad of birds and flowers not found anywhere else in the world. Other excursions include shore lunches, a nighttime barbecue on a white sand beach under a star-filled sky, nighttime bowfishing, and much, much more.