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Brazil Amazon Fishing Report: January 12 – 20, 2017

Capt Peacock Brazil's Amazon Peacock Bass

Amazonas is a beautiful lady.

But sometimes she can be cruel, such was the case last two weeks.

This because, once again, the water levels of the Rio Negro didn’t cooperate with us fish wise.

Oh, it’s still a gorgeous river and one our guests had a fantastic time exploring via our fleet of 14 Bass Tracker boats and from the deck of our luxury yacht but as for the fishing, again, not great at all.

See, fish in the Amazon feed according to what the water level is doing.  When the water goes up, the fish swim into the jungle to protect themselves against their natural predators and gorge.

When the water goes down, they quit hunting for prey.

And they quit going after lures.

When the water drops, the fish become aggressive, eating almost anything they can get in their mouth.

And for the second week in a row, the water went up.

All told, our 23 guests landed 202 Peacock Bass plus a host of catfish, piranha, dogfish, and barracuda.

That is not the kind of fishing we like!

Not at all.

But we do the best we can under such conditions.

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In addition, this group of husbands and wives, friends, and young couples witnessed birds and monkeys, watched pod after pod of pink dolphins, lounged in hammocks, drank like fishes and ate like kings.  They also enjoyed a traditional barbeque lunch in the Brazilian rainforest, a chef prepared dinner under the stars on an unexplored beach, sang, swapped stories, and bragged about how hard they were fishing.

Yes, they were a great bunch of great guests and, in typical fashion, half of them booked a return trip for next season already.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock

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Fishing Report: Jan 5 – 13, 2017

Fishing Report: Jan 5 - 13, 2017 Peacock Bass

By Capt Peacock

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. —Henry David Thoreau

I’ve always loved this quote by Thoreau and I’m happy that many of my guests this week agree with it.

This because the fishing this week was pretty bad.

Not because of my guides or the anglers we had on board mind you, but because of the water level.

See, fish in the Amazon base their feeding habits on what the water level is doing.  When the water goes up, the fish think the jungle is about to flood and they’re on their way to gorging and thus quit putting forth an effort to hunt for prey.  When the water drops, the fish eat anything they can get in their mouth.

This week the water went up.

So despite everyones’ – and I do mean everyones’ – best efforts, very few Peacock Bass were landed.

But then like Thoreau said, fishing’s not just about fishing.

No, it’s about seeing new places, meeting new friends, encountering a new culture, and cruising one of the last truly unspoiled places on Earth.

And that’s what my 21 guests did.

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This group of husbands and wives, friends, buddies, and fathers and sons fished hard, enjoyed a traditional barbeque lunch under the canopy of the rainforest, a chef prepared dinner under the stars on a virgin beach, drank like fishes, sang, swapped stories, bragged about how hard they were fishing, and took a ton of donations to a native village.

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In addition they took note of all the birds and monkeys they saw, were amazed at the antics of pod after pod of pink dolphins, lounged in hammocks, and danced on the deck.

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And I must say that despite the low number of Peacocks caught, not one of these fantastic guests complained about the fishing conditions.  Instead, they showered my guides for their efforts, praised my chef for his meals, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, and bragged endlessly about the service my staff showed them.

Yes, they were a great bunch of guests and, in typical fashion, half of them booked a return trip for next season.

But then I knew they’d do so, even with the poor fishing.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

Fishing Report: December 8 – 16, 2016

Another great week!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You’ll have the Trip of a Lifetime.

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I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.

 

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Fishing Report: November 26 – December 2, 2016

We’ve been having too much fun!

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.

Yep.

You read that right.

Seven-courses.

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.

Yeah.

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.

Have you?

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!”

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Mark’s absolutely right.

We promise and deliver our guests nothing short of the Trip of a Lifetime.

And it’s one you should experience soon.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.

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