From 2002, the Brazilian authorities have granted River Plate exclusive entry permits to Peacock Bass fishing Brazil in various Indian reserves and government reserves in a reciprocal arrangement for humanitarian and financial commitments. This arrangement means that you will not have to share the fishery with any other outfitting companies. Thanks to these permits, our guests don’t waste time in marginal overfished waters due to the high fishing pressure from commercial, survival and sport-fishing as it happens with river areas that are open to the public.
Although many well-established land-based lodges, including our former Jufari and Tapera Lodges, are located upriver from natural barriers, they offer no mobility to seek better water levels. Areas that are 2 to 3 hours upriver or downriver at fixed lodges rapidly become overfished. ‘River Trains’, however, move daily to unfished river segments, spending the night along Caribbean-like beaches.
The key to exceptional Peacock Bass fishing Brazil is our floating cabins, which allow you and your guides to navigate low water, unlike the traditional live-aboard and commercial fishing boats because these must stop where the low water prevents passage. It’s no surprise that beyond these barriers is where the best fishing starts.
Our unique mobility allows us to fish in areas above natural barriers: shallow waters, sandbars and rapids, which prevent the passage of sportfishing yachts and commercial fishing boats. Travel times to fish each day are an average of 10-20 minutes.
On the other hand, other operators have approximately 1-2 hours of travel time, or even more, from the fixed lodges or large hotel boats. We do not overfish; we move on to freshwater every few days. Our guests catch double or triple the number of fish than guests with other operators. Our small groups, twelve anglers maximum, enjoy personal service and access to pristine waters that seldom see a lure. Other operators can take as many as 30 guests per week. Here are some of the prime areas we fish during the year, and you will notice we fish in different zones to eliminate overfishing.
Marmelos (Jun – Aug)
Matupiri and upper Igapo Açu (Sep – Oct)
Jufaris (Nov – Feb)
Xeruini (Nov – Feb)
Omero (Nov – Dec)
Itapará (Nov – Feb)
Roçado (Oct– Nov)
Here you have access to un-fished waters above natural barriers such as waterfalls and shallow river mouths. The fishing boats are particular shallow-draft tunnel types that can freely traverse almost any water level, including virtually landlocked lagoons. Angler’s fish two per boat, with talented Brazilian guides, experienced bait-casting, spinning and fly fishing.
Peacock Bass fishing Brazil is done by casting to structure and showing fish; these fish hit hard and will readily engulf a lure passed in front of their noses, all from fully equipped, 21ft shallow drafting bass boats.
Like Largemouth Bass, Peacock Bass often prefer a structure of some sort. Rocks, fallen logs, points and sand bars are hiding places for baitfish, so this is where the Peacock Bass will usually be lurking. Of course, you should always heed the guide’s recommendations on where to cast.
Peacock Bass typically roam about in small schools searching for baitfish, often bursting into a feeding frenzy. When you encounter a feeding frenzy, you aim to present your fly or lure in front of the feeding fish as soon as possible. The sooner you cast to the fish after they’ve you’ve spotted them, the better your chance of a hook-up. Peacock Bass fishing Brazil are greedy and highly competitive schooling fish.
Always cast a lure or fly right next to any hooked fish. Another Peacock Bass will almost always be close by, attracted by the commotion. If no strikes result with the first two casts, then fish the surrounding area thoroughly. You can watch our videos about Peacock Bass fishing Brazil over on our YouTube channel.
With over 20 years of experience under our belt, we have overcome the most significant barriers to reaching remote unfished areas, the Amazon’s shallow sand bars. We have gone from using the attractive but ineffective U.S. 120hp high-speed bass boat to our newly designed, built and field-tested, all-welded aluminium shallow-draft tunnel boats.
These boats are 20 feet long with a 40hp outboard and all the standard bass boat features (trolling motor, high swivel seats, etc.), yet they are still sufficiently light to navigate the shallow sandbars.
River Plates’ guides are undoubtedly the best in the business. Most Amazon outfitters employ poorly-trained, unenthusiastic “boat drivers”. River Plate’s carefully-trained guides are hard-core sport fishermen who are intimately familiar with the complexities of Amazon angling.
Many have guided for River Plate for over 15 years. With thousands of fish boat trips for clients, they’ll put you onto big numbers of big fish like no one else in the Amazon.
No compromise in comfort. “River Train” guests, at any point, can leave the River and retreat into the luxurious comfort of their elegant and roomy cabin. Cabins have full private bathrooms; and are fully carpeted, tastefully decorated, and every detail has been carefully considered.
In our 12’ x 23’ dining/sitting lounge, you will dine on linen table cloths, enjoying our chef’s four-course meals. An excellent variety of both – continental and exciting regional dishes make up the week’s menu. Fresh bread and pastries baked daily, chilled wines, ice-cold beer, soft drinks, and Brazilian-style margaritas flow freely throughout your fishing trip.
Each of the six floating cabins, managed by our Brazilian “co-owner, who is not only a knowledgeable fisherman but also experienced in handling logistics inherent to the Amazon fishing operations.
Since our groups are small, the manager and a bilingual host and a staff of 14 offer unique, personalised, hands-on attention. Breakfast room service, laundry service and guest satellite phone are a few of the available amenities.
What you won’t find are many pesky bugs. The pristine rivers we fish in have naturally high tannin levels (from extensive leaf decay), which discourage biting insects. Of the few bugs which might exist, our daily mobility eliminates any possibilities of concentrations.
Comfortable twin size beds
Fully ventilated walls
Interior curtains and decorative drop ceiling
Standard pressurised water
Heavy-duty vinyl outside roof walls and outside shades
3 inches of ceiling insulation
Steel frame structure
Air conditioning (low noise)
Eco-friendly septic tank
All fully-welded aluminium carpeted floor
An excellent variety of both continental and exciting regional dishes make up the week’s menu. Fresh bread and pastries baked daily, chilled wines, ice-cold beer, soft drinks, and Brazilian-style margaritas flow freely throughout your fishing trip.
All the meals provided to each of the camps for the regular/standard consumption of the scheduled visiting guests. Please note that the logistics involved in supplying our Fly-In Floating Cabins in remote places in the jungle require careful planning and attention to weight restrictions. Our primary concern is not to overweigh the floating cabin train, and this affects its draft. We also need to consider that our cabins trains are often situated 200 to 500 nautical miles from major supply towns. Moreover, fresh food is flown in on charter planes, and non-perishable food has strict weight limits.
Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.
Depart Any international Airport (See Details)
Arrive Sao Paulo Depart Sao Paulo
Once you have arrived and collected your luggage, you will be greeted by a River Plate representative who will then transfer you the short drive to your overnight hotel. After check-in, you are then free to relax around the hotel or take a stroll around the local shops.
Overnight accommodation: The Juma Opera Hotel (Twin Room) B/B
At a pre-arranged time a representative from River Plate Anglers will transfer you to the small internal airport for your charter flight to the river. Once you have arrived you will be taken by express boat to meet up with your Floating Lodge. Time permitting, after you have checked in and unpacked, you may well have time to have an afternoon fishing session
Overnight accommodation: Luxury Floating Lodge (Twin Room) F/B
Each day breakfast is served at 7:00 AM and your guide will be ready to leave by 7:30 AM.
As you will be as close as 5-15 minutes away to the fishing, we suggest you return to camp for lunch and a “siesta” before returning back to the water late in the afternoon until dusk. When out fishing, remember, that Peacock Bass usually roam about in small schools searching for baitfish, often bursting into a feeding frenzy. When this situation is encountered, get your fly or lure in front of the feeding fish as soon as possible.
Overnight accommodation: Luxury Floating Lodge (Twin Room) F/B
If time allows and you still have the energy, grab a few fishing hours in the morning, before departing back to Manaus.
Arrive Sao Paulo Depart Sao Paulo
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 87%
"All went very well - flights on time etc. We could imagine things going wrong - weather/river conditions etc, but that would hardly be your fault ! The fishing was amazing we had so many fish and ALL on the fly so we defiantly would love to go back."
"I just returned today from fishing in Brazil. Not sure that I even have the words to explain the incredible experience that we had this week. Everything was fantastic from the fishing to the food. The outfit as a whole went above and beyond was more than I ever expected. Adam did a fantastic job running the camp and made us all feel very comfortable. I will definately be back soon. Thanks for a great journey"
"It was a pleasure to share the River Plate camp with a group of great guys. the stories were absolutely as tall as they could get, the camp itself was great, cabins extremely clean, the service was tops, food was probably the best I have seen at any camp."
The season runs from September to April.
Season: All Year
Peak: September to April
Weight: 1lb to 27lb
Average Weight: 7lb
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Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.
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