Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing - Brazil

Rio Negro - Flies or Lures

River Plate Anglers - Floating Cabins

Since 2002, the Brazilian authorities have granted River Plate Anglers exclusive entry permits to fish river systems that flow through Indian reserves and government preserves. Over the last two decades, River Plate has perfected the floating cabin system to fish the Amazon River for peacock bass. For the 2023 Season, they now offer 12 exclusive rivers. River Plate has earned and kept its Exclusive Entry Permits for more than 20 years by funding and implementing a variety of assistance programs for local communities and tribes, collectively called the Community Base Preservation Management Program (CBPMP).


Peacock Bass Fishing - Private Waters

Rio Negro fishing

River Plate's Fishing Season:  runs from June through February, which are low-water months in the Amazon Basin when 70 to 80% of the flooded jungle dries up, concentrating peacock bass to two to three percent of the area they usually inhabit.
The River Plate Advantage:  Water Levels are key to fishing the Amazon. Rivers in the Amazon do not dry up at the same time. There are four distinct rainfall Season-Zones across the roughly 1,000-mile swath of the Amazon where most of the good peacock bass fishing occurs. River Plate has exclusive rights to fish 12 rivers. They are able to select the best water levels of their ten private rivers within a vast 1,000-mile wilderness. They have been watching and perfecting this system for years and have backup plans in case of rainfall anomalies.

12 Private Rivers in the Rio Negro System

Rio Negro fishing

New for the 2022/2023 Season:  River Plate now has exclusive access to the upper Abacaxis and the Variuas Rivers. The upper Abacaxis is only 10 percent of the total river. This 10-percent begins in an Indian Reserve and finishes at the headwaters. Best water levels will be at the end of July through the end of August. The Variuas has never been fished by sport or subsistence anglers. They are very excited about the Variuas. The best-expected water levels for the Variuas are from the first two weeks in December and all of January.
Species:  Peacock bass are the main attraction, but other hard-fighting species include the pacu, catfish, piranha, jacunda, pirarucu, bicuda, and more. Catfishing is popular in the evenings, and they have equipment you can use, but you'll need to find bait.
Peacock Bass:  Their explosive topwater strike, combined with an astonishing ability to break heavy lines/leaders and straighten even stout saltwater hooks, makes peacock bass one of the most sought-after species in the Amazon basin. Peacock Bass are very territorial, which is why commercial or sportfishing can rapidly over-fish popular areas.
The Marmelos River reopened to fishing in 2017. River Plate has exclusive fishing rights to the Marmelos River (south of Manaus), fishing there mid-July through August. Before this agreement, the Marmelos had not been fished in four years.
New Uneuixi/Roçado Fishery
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River Plate Fishing Facts:

Gary with Large Three-Bar Peacock Bass

Fishing Season:  runs from June through February, which are low-water months in the Amazon Basin when 70 to 80% of the flooded jungle dries up, concentrating peacock bass to two to three percent of the area they usually inhabit.
Boats:  Custom-designed 20' all-welded aluminum shallow-draft bass tunnel boats with 40 HP outboard motors, trolling motor, high-back swivel seats, fishing platforms… and light enough to navigate the shallow sandbars. Two anglers per boat and guide. Most of their fisheries are narrow, well-defined rivers. It's almost impossible for the guides to get lost.
Guides:  Carefully trained local guides are very familiar with the Amazon. They speak very little English. Many have guided with River Plate for over 15 years. River Plate sponsors a very thorough guide training program.
Equipment:  Use of baitcasting and spin tackle, including heavy and mid-action TFO rods, Shimano reels, and all lures except jigs. Equipment is subject to a $100.00 loss or breakage fee.

Floating Mobile cabins

Rio Negro floating cabins

Floating Cabins:  During your trip, the floating cabins are often moved to new unfished waters. These deluxe, shallow-draft floating cabins can bypass shallow water and sandbars. Mobility is key to exceptional peacock bass fishing. Drawing only four inches of water, the floating cabins navigate past shallow-water natural barriers.
The 12 x 15 ft. air-conditioned cabins provide comfort and style with 110 and 220 electricity and a private bathroom with a shower. Comfortable twin-size beds or queen-size beds for single or double-occupancy. Their staff of 14 and bilingual host offer personalized, hands-on attention. Free daily laundry service.
Meals:  You'll have a cooked breakfast in the dining cabin. You'll take a packed lunch with you on the boat. Four-course dinners feature fresh fish, beef, or chicken with regional sides.
Alcohol:  Chilled wines, ice-cold beer, soft drinks, and Brazilian-style margaritas are included.
Communications:  Satellite phone calls are $5.00 per minute. Wi-Fi is $10.00 per minute, with a one-minute minimum charge.

24-hour 110 AC and private bathrooms

Two Twin Beds and Views From Floating Cabins

Chilled Wines, Ice-Cold Beer, Soft Drinks...

Guide Pouring Wine for Angler Sitting on Deck of Floating Cabin

Getting to the Floating Cabins:

You’ll fly to Manaus, Brazil, on a Friday. (Most guests fly from Miami, a five-hour flight.) A River Plate representative will drive you to a luxury hotel in Manaus for your overnight stay. (The package includes one hotel night in Manaus and domestic charter flights in Brazil.) Parties of six to eight anglers will depart the hotel about 6:00 a.m. to take a floatplane flight from a domestic airport in Manaus to the floating cabins. Flights vary from 45-minutes to two hours, depending on the river to be fished.
A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for this adventure.


2022 and 2023 USD Rates:

All rates are for two anglers per boat and guide.

8-nights and 6.5-days guided fishing:
Two anglers per cabin $5,990.00 per person
One angler per cabin $6,490.00
6-nights and 4.5-days guided fishing:
Two anglers per cabin $4,990.00 per person
One angler per cabin $5,590.00

Packages Include:

• All fishing in exclusive remote Private River’s.
• Roundtrip floatplane flights between Manaus and camp
• Two anglers per guide-operated, 21-foot, fully equipped bass boat
• All meals at fishing destination, including wine, beer, and hard liquor.
• Daily laundry and maid service at camp.
• All necessary ground transfers in Manaus as per itinerary.
• One night in a 4- or 5-star hotel in Manaus on arrival, and a day room on departure day.
• Use of baitcasting and spin tackle, including heavy and mid-action TFO rods, Shimano reels, and all lures except jigs.
• Fishing licenses
• Wi-fi service at the hotel and limited Wi-Fi service at camp.
• Upon request, Larry's 65-page eBook Fly-Fishing for Peacock Bass

Packages Do Not Include:

• International roundtrip airfare to Manaus
• Suggested gratuities to camp staff ($250) and fishing guides ($250).
• Fly-fishing tackle, flies, and catfishing rigs.
• Jigs ($5 each at camp).
• Masseuse ($30 per hour at camp)
• Satellite phone calls ($5 per minute).
• Food and beverages in Manaus.
• Extra hotel nights.
• Special airport transfers when not arriving/departing with the group.
• Tours, shopping trips, items of a personal nature.
• Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
• As of December 10, 2020, Fishing with Larry will add a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions.

River Plate Anglers


Peacock bass have an explosive topwater strike.

Brazil Peacock bass

Peacock bass are very territorial.

Rio Negro peacock bass

Large catfish, too

River Plate catfishing

Gary and Lynn with River Plate double

River Plate double

Three kinds of Peacock Bass:

Peacock bass species

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass eBook on Amazon

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass

Eric Schoenborn's Recap:

"River Plate Outfitters allows all fishing methods at its camps, including topwater, shallow lures, jigs, and flies. Many people set their expectations based on shows they’ve watched and typically have high expectations for watching giant peacocks crash their topwater presentations. The truth is that while fishing topwater makes for good TV, strikes on topwater gear are often more difficult than other methods. When a topwater strike happens, it will make your jaw drop as the sound of a giant Peacock hitting the lure sounds something like a 55-gallon drum dropped off a ten-story building into the water where your lure used to be.
Topwater lures consist mostly of wood chopper-type lures, which make an incredible amount of noise and splash as they are worked through the water. Lures like Zara Spooks, Rat’ln Walk, and jumping minnows walked on the top in a rhythmic motion produce good results. The most productive technique for peacocks in all of my trips has been using weighted flies. Peacocks are a suspended fish that use cover to ambush minnows. These minnows can be imitated with flies, and when retrieved quickly with a sinking line, the results are deadly. Along with flies, weighted jig heads, tied with rattles, flash, and synthetics, also imitate baitfish and can be very productive as well. Another tool in the tackle box is shallow diving lures such as the Yo-Zuri I mentioned above."
- Eric Schoenborn

Fishing Travel Experts


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Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

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