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Capt. Peacock’s Journal: The State Of Amazonas

Capt Peacock Amazonas Peacock Bass

It seems as though not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me how I stay so young looking being in the sun all day long. The answer to that is “sunscreen.”

Lots and lots of sunscreen.

Of course clean living, lots of cigars, and plenty of Brahma Chop beer also helps.

Another popular inquiry is, “Do you think there’s a Peacock Bass out there that’ll break 30 pounds?”

Yes. I’m sure of it.

And yet another question I get is, “Just how big is the Amazon?”

Well, that one’s a little more difficult to answer. If you’re asking about how big the area we fish is I’ll put it this way…We operate on the Rio Negro in Brazil’s Amazon, home of the largest Peacock Bass on the planet. This area is just a speck on the map of the state of Amazonas however as Amazonas is pretty darn big. How big? Well, to put in perspective consider that Amazonas is roughly twice the size of Texas.

Yep. It’s that big.

And most of it is unpopulated.

Capt Peacock Amazonas Brazil's Amazon

Think about it: Texas has roughly 30 million folks living within its borders. Amazonas has less than 4 million and half of those live in the capital city of Manaus. The rest are populated in towns and villages of less than 100 people. But what Amazonas lacks in population it makes up with true splendor. Consider this:

  • Amazonas is 98% rainforest which equates to over half of the planet’s rainforests.
  • More than 13 of all species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Amazonas is home to more than 40,000 plant species, 427 species of mammals, 1,300 of birds, 378 reptiles, and more than 400 amphibians.
  • More than 3,000 species of freshwater fishes are found in its waters.

Yes, Amazonas is a grand place and unlike anything else found on the planet. It truly is an Eden and one you’ll want to visit again and again.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.

Capt. Peacock’s Journal: The Legend Of Saci

Capt Peacock Saci In Brazil's Amazon

When something goes wrong in Brazil’s Amazon, just blame it on Saci.

At least that’s what the locals along the Rio Negro do.

You stepped on a nail?

It was Saci that put it there.

Lost your wallet?

It was Saci that took it.

You can’t find something?

Saci hid it from you.

A young girl in the village got pregnant by mysterious man in a top hat?

Saci…well, actually that one is usually blamed on a boto
For everything else however, blame it on Saci.

Saci (pronounced saˈsi), according to the locals, is a one-legged youngster of mixed blood with holes in the palm of his hands. He smokes a pipe and wears a red hat that gives him the power of teleportation and invisibility. It also allows him to turn into a dust devil.
Again, that’s with the locals tell me.
They also tell me that Saci’s red hat smells really, really horrible. When Saci turns invisible his hat and the glow of his piper remain visible. Saci can also turn himself into a bird known as the Matitaperê or Matita Pereira.

Saci’s not a mean person-elf-thing-whatever-the-hell-he-is. He just enjoys tormenting folks via annoying pranks.

As magic and elusive as he is, Saci can still be caught in a multitude of ways. Throwing a rosary at him just as he turns into a dust devil will do the trick. You can also capture him by dropping a knotted rope at his feet. Saci become so transfixed by the knots that he must stop to untie them. When he does is a good time to jump him.

Capt Peacock Saci

Throwing him in a bottle and plugging it with a cross-marked cork will also do the trick as will relieving him of his red hat which renders him powerless.

But, again, his hat is said to stink really bad.
Capturing Saci might get you a wish or two or it might cause him to curse you so try catching him at your own risk.

Me?

I think I’ll let him be.

I have no need for a one-legged man with holes in his hands even if he does possess magic powers.
I’ll stick to fishing for Peacock Bass.

That’s a lot more fun.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.

Capt Peacock’s Journal: The Legend Of Lara

Capt Peacock's Journal The Legend Of Lara

By Capt Peacock

Brazil is home to some of the most beautiful women on the planet and that’s especially true of Amazônia.

But the allure of that beauty can be deadly.

Her name is Lara.

But some know her as Uiara or Yara.

Regardless of a region’s name for her, all agree that Lara is gorgeous.

She sometimes described as having brown hair and copper-colored skin.

Other times strawberry blonde with skin the color of the pale moon.

Sometimes she has brown eyes.

Other times, green or blue.

She is, without doubt, the most beautiful woman any man has every seen.

And if that wasn’t enough to tempt a man, she is also said to have an enchanting singing voice.

Men that see her beauty or hear her sweet sirens, become so entranced with her that they completely forget their life on land and follow her to the depths.

Some say she lets them live underwater.

Some say not.

Me?

I say never trust a beautiful woman you find alone on the banks of the Amazon.

It’s better to fish instead.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.