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Pirarucu Lodge End of Season 2022 Fishing Report

At the end of our 2022 season in Pirarucú, our eighth season, we can honestly say that our high expectations were met, and in some cases, exceeded. Among some of the highlights were broken records, and amazing fishing overall.

Throughout our season, which spans from September through November, the water levels were lower than usual. Most rivers in the central Amazon watershed reacted this way, thanks to the natural phenomenon of La Nina. This reality made our logistics a little more challenging than seasons past, but on the other hand, the weather gave us tremendous fishing conditions.

The final numbers this season ended with an average of 215 Arapaima landed. This is quite an amazing average, breaking down to almost one arapaima landed per angler per day. That is practically unheard of, so we were more than pleased with those statistics.

The average size of the captured arapaima this season was outstanding, with more than 30 fish over 2 meters. It is because of these numbers that our guides named this season “The Season of Monsters”. To go along with that name, we decided to create the Monsters Award, giving names and numbers to every angler who landed a truly giant, monstrous arapaima with us.

But first, we will recognize that five largest fish of the season:

Monsters Awards

5th Place – 225 cm. – Andrés Castilho – Brazil

4th Place – 229 cm. – Milton Gareca – Argentina

3rd Place – 230 cm. – Paul Burton – USA

2nd Place – 233 cm. – Eduardo Castro – Brazil 

Largest Fish of the season – 235 cm.  – Ken Dawes – England 

A special thanks is due to our fantastic guide team (Rafael Costa, Guilherme Manzione and Lucas de Zan) and our local guides who worked hard to make this one of our best seasons ever. In addition to our hand working guides, we must thank all of our local partners and our customers who believed in our work.

We are looking forward to seeing you around in the future to enjoy the best place on Earth to catch a huge arapaima on fly!


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