Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing - Brazil

River Plate Anglers

Rio Negro - Flies or Lures

Since 2002, the Brazilian authorities have granted River Plate Anglers exclusive entry permits to fish on Indian reserves and government preserves. River Plate has perfected a highly developed floating cabin system to fish the Amazon River for peacock bass.

Peacock Bass Fishing - Private Waters

Rio Negro fishing

Their remarkable, 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. Fishing season runs from mid-October to March.
During your trip, they often move their floating cabins to new unfished waters. Two anglers per boat and guide. Custom-designed 20' all-welded aluminum shallow-draft tunnel boats with 40 HP motors, high-back swivel seats, fishing platforms… and light enough to navigate the shallow sandbars.
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.

Floating Mobile cabins

Rio Negro floating cabins

Their system consists of deluxe, shallow draft, floating cabins that can bypass shallow water and sandbars. This 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' air-conditioned cabins provide comfort and style with 110 electricity and a private bathroom with a shower. Their staff of 14 and bilingual host offer personalized, hands-on attention. Free daily laundry service is available. Dinners feature fresh fish, beef, or chicken with regional sides. Chilled wines, ice-cold beer, soft drinks, and Brazilian-style margaritas are included. Satellite phone calls are $5.00 per minute. Wi-Fi is $10.00 per minute, with a one-minute minimum charge.

Eric Schoenborn's Recap:

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

Getting to the Camp:

You’ll fly to Manaus, Brazil. 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 charter flights in Brazil.) Your flight from Manaus to the fly-in cabins depends on where the cabins are located at the time of your trip and what kind of plane you’ll be flying in (wheel or float). Because the cabins move to different fisheries, it is not possible to provide an exact timeframe until you arrive in Manaus. Also, wheel planes flights require a fast boat transfer to camp.

2022 and 2023 USD Rates:

October through early March 2023
Premium Single-Occupancy Package:  The camp has access to exclusive entry waters of the upper Rio Negro and Rio Branco, a total of 1,500 miles of black water tributaries. One angler per floating cabin with a queen-size bed and a single-occupancy hotel room in Manaus. The program runs from October through early March. This concept allows single anglers a private cabin with a queen bed.
One angler per room and Two anglers per boat:
7-nights Lodging and 6-days guided fishing
(1-night in Manaus + 6-nights in camp)
4-to 6-anglers per week $5,990.00 per person

Double-Occupancy Program: No odd # of bookings are allowed. Four anglers are needed to open a camp.
7-nights Lodging and 6-days guided fishing
(1-night in Manaus + 6-nights in camp)
June - August 2022:  Marmelos River
12-anglers per week: $4,990.00 per person
8-anglers per week: $5,590.00 per person
September - October 2022:  Matupiri and Upper Igapo-Açu
November 2022 - February 2023:  Jufaris, Xeruini, and Itapará
November - December 2022:  Omero
12-anglers per week: $4,990.00 per person
8-anglers per week: $5,590.00 per person
5-nights Lodging and 4-days guided fishing
(1-night in Manaus + 4-nights in camp)
8-anglers per week: $4,550.00 per person

New Uneuixi/Roçado Fishery
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October - November 2022:
Single-Occupancy Room:  4-anglers per week:  $6,990.00 per person
Double-Occupancy Room:  8-anglers per week:  $5,990.00 per person

Packages Include:

All community compensations, fees, and costs for fishing in Exclusive Private Waters’ leases; double-occupancy lodging (unless Premium Single Occupancy package is selected), charter flights in Brazil, all necessary ground transfers in Brazil, one overnight at a luxury hotel in Manaus (upon arrival only), use of guide-operated 20-foot shallow drafting bass boat per two anglers, fishing licenses, all meals at the fishing destination, beverages at fishing location (Brazilian wine, beer*, hard liquor, bottled water, juices, and soft drinks), daily laundry service at fishing destinations, maid service at fishing destinations, and upon request Larry's 65-page eBook Fly-Fishing for Peacock Bass. One rod, one reel, and fishing line are available at the fly-in cabin barges upon request – advise 30 days before departure.
*6 cans of beer per angler per day per boat.

Packages Do Not Include:

International airfare, suggested voluntary tips to camp staff ($250.00) and fishing guides ($250.00), food and beverages in Manaus and private city tours, special transfers and hotel reservations when not arriving with the party, airport departure tax, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute) at camp, internet connection ($10.00/minute – minimum charged, one minute) at camp, extra hotel overnights or day rooms, any last moment taxes, fees, stamps, or compensations of any form levied by the local authorities, baitcasting lures, fly fishing tackle, spinning tackle, catfishing rigs, jigs about $5.00 each at camp, insect repellent, sunscreen, medicines, Global Rescue, travel insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

River Plate Anglers photos

Peacock bass have an explosive topwater strike.

Brazil Peacock bass

Rio Negro system

Rio Negro system

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

24-hour 110 AC and private bathrooms

River Plate Anglers

Chilled wines, ice-cold beer, soft drinks...

Chilled wine

A staff of 14 and bilingual host

River Plate staff

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass eBook on Amazon

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558