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Mariua I Vessel

Mariua I Vessel



Peacock Bass Expedition in the Amazon River and its Tributaries

 

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Location

The region of Barcelo is home to the largest Peacock Bass of the world and other unique species of fish

Upper Black River is a huge complex of 400 km of river between Santa Isabel (upstream) to Barcelos. In this stretch of river, reaching 11 tributaries, each with spectacular fishing opportunities. Every single week of the season we look for the best fishing sites that may be on the Black River, or any one of the tributaries. All in all, more than 3000 km of rivers full of very good fishing waiting for you. Each week we seek the highest levels of water, thus obtaining the best catches!

 

General information

Combining excellent service and great fishing, we will make sure to cater your desires. We invite you to connect with nature and participate in this unique fly fishing experience.

Any true angler that has never fished in this area must definitely put it into their bucket list. Nowadays, this region has a great level of environmental awareness which helps preserve the natural beauty of its surroundings.

Our guides are expert and skilled fishermen, who also work hard to protect the natural reservations. What is more, the water police is responsible for the protection of the magnificent peacock. All the fishing here is catch and release. 

 

Accommodations

Mariua I Vessel is a boat-hotel that combines excellent service with full comfort.

This boat has enough room to 12 anglers. It is a 30-meters long boat, and it has 2 floors. It is equipped with air-conditioned dining room, 6 double cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms.

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The Fishing

As for the species, the Amazon River and its tributaries are full of different and unique fish. Our primary target is the Peacock Bass, but you may also fish Pacas and Popocas. For those who enjoy heavy fishing, the Venice River and the Madeirinha offers

The Amazon River and its tributaries are full of different and unique fish. Our primary target is the Peacock Bass, but you may also fish Pacas and Popocas. For those who enjoy heavy fishing, the Venice River and the Madeirinha River offers colorful Pirararas, brave Surubins and, if lucky, the great Arapaimas. This region in particular is full of these Amazonian giant. All fishery here is carried out with artificial baits.

As regards the hours of fishing, you will be able to fish as much as 12 hours. In general, we go fishing from dawn to dusk. We start very early in the morning, and at 6 or 6.30 in the afternoon we go back to the lodge. 

It will be 5 days fishing in pairs, using aluminum boat with 40 HP motor, electric motor, new battery 100 amperes, padded armchairs with expert guides. 

PEACOCK BASS

Peacock bass belong to the Cichlids group. This is the most highly evolved group of fishes in the world. All around the globe we find hundreds of species representing some of the most diverse fish groups in the rivers and oceans. Peacock bass have evolved in the most efficient predators of the group and the mostly on other fish. Their ferocity, their strength, their speed, and their notable size in the Amazon basin enables them to predate on almost every other species there. Their enormous bucket-mouth can engulf a surprisingly large prey, making almost anything smaller than them a good candidate for supper, quite like a largemouth bass on steroids. 

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Gear and Equipment

Fly fishing:

We suggest equipment #8 to #10, with floating or intermediate lines. Our suggestion is saltwater tropical lines (hot water, and big flies).

LEADERS: Fluorocarbon 40 or 50 pounds of fluorocarbon. We use a single tranche to support fights between the logs on the bottom of the water.

Streamers, divers and poopers in 1/0 to 3/0 complete the game.

Flies from 9 to 15 cm long, without much weight.  The best colors are White with red, yellow, chartreuse or orange details. LOTS of flash is the trick!

All the fishing is catch and release. 


 

Recommended clothing

When heading to an equatorial location,you should protect yourself from the sun, at least with 30 waterproof SPF, applied to all exposed skin. Following is a checklist of gear, clothes, etc, that clients have found helpful in the past.

Fishing Shirts (quick drying). Long sleeve and short sleeve.

Polarized Sunglasses 

Pair of sun fly fishing gloves

Cotton T-shirts or dry fit

Waterproof Sunscreen 50 SPF

Comfortable dry fit pants for wading

Waterproof Boxers or under wears tight whiteys

Neck protection

Shorts, quick dry wading style with brief.

Socks for fishing and non-fishing

Hats or caps

Breathable Light Weight Rain Jacket (Simms could be a good option)

Waterproof Belt for your shorts and pants.

Casual shoes, sandals or flip-flops

 

 

Itinerary

Please contact us for more information and program details.

Day 1 - Arrive in Manaus. Overnight at Manaus Millennium Hotel 

Day 2 - Charter flight to Barcelos 6:00 in the morning, and after lunch we are fishing.

Day 3 to 7 - through Thursday - full day fishing

Day 8 - Fishing morning until noon and afternoon in Barcelos organizing things to return the next morning to Manaus.

Day 9 - Back Barcelos to Manaus, in the morning. 

INCLUDED 

- 6 days fishing in pairs, using aluminum boat with an outboard engine 30 HP for each pair of fishermen.

- Transfers airport-hotel-airport in Manaus.

- Flight Manaus - Barcelos - Manaus, on a private flight.

- All meals aboard the hotel during the week of fishing, including drinks (beer, soft drinks, sodas, mineral water) all inclusive. Accommodation in double cabins with air conditioning and private bathroom.

- Accommodation on the day of arrival in Manaus at the 4-star hotel (1 night).

 

NON-INCLUDED

- Flights to Manaus.

- Deals/Drinks in Manaus.

- Gratuities

- Fishing equipment of any kind.

- Telephone calls from satellite phone. (We have it on the boat for emergencies).

 

 

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