If you have ever wanted an Amazon adventure with the opportunity to catch Arapaima all exclusively on the fly, the this hosted trip is the answer to your wishes. Each year our host will escort you and five other lucky customers through the whole experience maximising both your time and fishing opportunities. The other great benefit of this hosted trip is that all the specialised gear needed for this trip can be provided if requested.
Pirarucú Lodge is a new Brazilian destination whose primary focus is the preservation and continued prosperity of the mighty Arapaima. The group will have exclusive access to fish inside the world famous Mamirauá Reserve, Brazil’s first Sustainable Development Reserve. This Mamirauá Reserve totals more than 1 million hectares and was created first and foremost to preserve Arapaima and their habitat and the fishing that Pirarucú Lodge provides plays a huge roll on this. The area is well renowned for its amazing wildlife, in fact with 427 species of mammal, 1,300 bird species, 378 species of reptiles, and more than 400 species of amphibians, there is literally too many to name. Some of the most iconic species of animal that you might see on this trip would be this like Jaguars, Sloths, Anaconda and Poison Dart Frogs almost like being on a live set of ‘the trials of life’.
We have Arapaima in all sizes, fish between 10-80 pound are common and you can expect several bites per day from these fish, how many you land however is up to you and quite often a mixture of angling skill and lady luck, but we have had days with over a dozen fish landed per boat in a single day. Fishing for these fish is mainly using lighter rods 10# rods and mainly all floating lines. The larger fish 80-400 pounds tend to be found in different areas, so when wishing to target the monsters the number of takes would be less, but well worth the wait / effort as these fish when hooked are going to give you the fight of your life. Fishing for the larger specimens will require a 12# rod with sink tips and also full sinking lines. Fishing is from our professional flats skiffs with both petrol outboards and electric motors; each boat is based on 2 anglers per boat and guide. The fishing is similar to big Tarpon fishing, these fish produce amazing takes, fight extremely hard, do lots of jumps and basically will do everything in their power to mess you up, but that’s half the fun. As well as the Arapaima fishing if you want to lighten your set ups to 6# and 7# and 8# rods then there is an amazing array of super fun species to target. There is no other place where you can catch so many Arowanas on the fly. These wonderful fish are also omnivorous and eat almost about any insect or bait fish presented to them. Sight casting delight! Tambaqui – The mighty Tambaqui is a round fish close relative of the Pacu and can grow up to 100 pounds, at Mamirauá are normally found in the 8 to 24 pound range. Peacock Bass – Yellow species – These smaller peacock bass range in size from 2 to 8 pounds and act much like their larger cousins found elsewhere in the Amazon.
Using a mixture of local and professional fishing guides gives Pirarucú Lodge the ultimate combination of knowledge of the surrounding area and its waterways and how to manage and approach modern sports fishing. Having two anglers and a guide on the skiffs means that your guide can easily control the boat whilst you and your boat partner can search the water with casts in perfect harmony. When these mammoth fish are hooked your guide will instruct you both in what to do so that the fish can be safely landed and then released back to its watery lair.
Although many might not think of the Amazon jungle as the best place to take a non angling companion, but for any nature lovers you probably wouldn’t find a better destination. If plenty of notice is given travelling non anglers can experience the best that the Brazilian rain forest has to offer. With professional guides leading teams in activities such as Boat tours, canoe, bird and dolphin trips up the river each day you can get up and personal with this incredible waterways wildlife. Anyone wishing to see the jungle on foot, organised day and night treks will get you into places that only a select few have seen and photography trips are also available.
For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, can request a free brochure