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Rio Negro River


The Rio Negro has this color because of the humus that is carried into the river by the floods. The acidity of its waters is high, with a pH of 3.8 to 4.9 (due to a lot of acids inside it from the decomposition of the plants), so many insects and mosquitoes do not survive in the region.
Being the largest tributary and most large black water river in the world is the second largest in the volume of water, second only to the Amazon River.

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A word from the president.

Capt Peacock Yachts Expeditions

Fellow guests and friends, the first part of the season, which ended late December 2016, was fantastic and typical with many fish caught and several adventures taken… see the following new 2017 video:

We found that things had changed drastically, however, after our first trip of the second half of the season: January 5, 2017. And since then, the fishing proved tougher, and few fish caught (less than a third of what we expected).

In fact, exceptionally unseasonal rains are the case all over Brazil right now with many parts of the country flooding. It was a total unexpected mess in the entire country, consequently affecting the quality of the fishing grounds in Amazon as well.

What we did, however, was to suggest to all of our guests to reschedule their trips. Let me state again, though, that this was a recommendation. We were informing them of the realities of Brazil’s Amazon that we cannot control nor predict at that time, which never happened that way before: the water level was very high, the fishing was very poor, and unseasonal rains occurred on a daily basis.

We gladly offered our guests other available weeks for a better fishing experience and, of course, at no extra cost. That is how much we appreciate our guests’ business!

Capt. Peacock is proud to have not just best fishing concept experience, but mainly, principals and ethical values!

Capt Peacock’s Journal: Show Me The Money or Show Me The License!

For more than a decade, Capt Peacock Yachts & Expeditions has invested money and time on the education and qualification of its staff, on establishing new touring concepts for better itineraries, acquiring the best equipment and services for its guests, supporting the conservation of the Sportfishing Market in Brazil’s Amazon, and, last but not least, on assisting local villagers of the Rio Negro River.

Today, Capt. Peacock is known as the premier operator in Brazil’s Amazon for sustainable and responsible luxury adventure tours, and the best fishing experience on the planet.

Capt Peacock originated the concept of cruising the Rio Negro River in a five-star appointed yacht, of providing services and amenities that rival the best spas and resorts, is the only outfitter to hold a World Record, and is the one of kind that can truly deliver the Trip of a Lifetime.

But innovation and success breeds competition and contempt and unfortunately with the latter sometimes comes lies and deceit.  Such is the case where “Exclusive Fishing Waters” are concerned.

As Capt Peacock Yachts & Expeditions founder Leonardo Leao details, “I’ve explained ad nausea that there is no such thing in all Brazil’s Amazon. Anyone and any business can, may, and will obtain LEGAL permits, but never EXCLUSIVE ones. But rather than letting it go some outfitters have come forward to offer proof that I’m wrong. The funny thing is that their so-called proof actually proves I’m right.

Such as the case with this document attached that supposedly shows a contract to fish “Exclusive Waters.”


It’s a really weird document that actually borders on the ridiculous.

Why would an outfitter show you a document that belongs to Roraima (another State of Brazil) instead of Amazonas?





Google Map:


And why doesn’t this document contain the Portuguese words “Exclusive Water Rights” to prove that they have “Exclusive Water Rights?

Why would an outfitter show you a supposed permit to fish “Exclusive Waters” that expires in 2017, right smack dab in the middle of the fishing season?

While I really hate lowering myself to those outfitters’ level of foolishness, I felt I had to come forward to point these things out.

The main reason I do this is because their lies make all of Brazil’s Amazon look bad.  Not just them.  It paints a picture of deceit and corruption that I and, let’s be honest, most of the outfits down there, just don’t subscribe to.”

Not only is the “Exclusive Waters” lie an issue but also is the fact that some outfitters down there do not have the proper government forms to operate in Brazil’s Amazon.

An example of this comes from the Ministry of Tourism of Brazil and the Secretary of Environment for the State of Amazonas (IPAAM) which issued the below Federal and State Legal permits for CP Yachts & Expeditions (d/b/a in Brazil for Capt. Peacock Yachts & Expeditions), which has the Brazilian Federal ID name as “LFA Agência de Viagens e Turismo Ltda.”









Those are legal documents that any outfitter running any business from a small one to a big one in Brazil’s Amazon is obligated to have. It’s mandatory to have those in order to be legally allowed to provide services in the Sportfishing Nautical Tourism Industry of Brazil’s Amazon.

So the next time some outfit promises you something that’s way to good to be true, tell them to, “Show me the money!”… Or tell them to “Show me the licenses” – at least!!!!

And if they show you boldface lies… Run!

Species Spotlight: Piraiba

By Capt Peacock

Piraiba Capt Peacock Brazil's Amazon

Also known as Lau-Lau, Giant Catfish, and Amazon Catfish, the Piraiba (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum) is the largest catfish species in all of Brazil’s Amazon and one frequently targeted by guests of Capt Peacock Yachts & Expeditions. The Piraiba is a true monster capable of reaching lengths of almost 12 feet and weights of more than 400 pounds. Despite this leviathan size, the Piraiba is extremely agile and fiercely fast and has been known to leap from the water after prey.

Piraiba are silvery-gray in color with a white colored abdomen. Lips are occasionally reddish. It possess a smooth, scale-free skin and carries long maxillary barbels that extend well past the dorsal fin and occasionally almost to the caudal fin. The caudal fin of adults is deeply forked. Piraiba also poses a “milk gland” at the anterior upper part of its pectoral fins. The function of this gland is unknown but gives it the unique moniker of   lechero in Colombia, which means “milkman.” It is a first rate predator yet, like most catfish, is an opportunistic carnivore and will eat pretty much anything be it living or dead. It is often found in deep holes in lotic (fast moving) water.

Piraiba Capt Peacock Fishing Brazil's Amazon

Given its size and strength, only the strongest and most determined of anglers target Piraiba and those that do opt for heavy saltwater fishing rigs. Once hooked, Piraiba bolt for underwater cover. Because of this they must be reeled in as quickly as possible to avoid line breakage. Targeting Piraiba is not a sport for the weak or faint of heart!