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. River Plate now offers 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.


The Floating Camp is moved 1-2 times per week.


12 Private Rivers in the Rio Negro System

Rio Negro fishing

Group Size:  River Plate operates six fly-in safari floating River Trains, eight anglers per camp.
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 from mid-July through August. Before this agreement, the Marmelos had not been fished in four years.
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XL Peacock Bass - Flies or Lures

Flies or Lure fishing with River Plate Anglers in Brazil for XL Peacock Bass.

Typical Fishing Day:
6:30 a.m. - The staff will walk by your cabin to make sure you’re up.
7:00 a.m. - Breakfast is served.
7:30 a.m. - Your guide is ready to leave. You’ll fish the river and its adjacent lagoons. The floating cabins are moved twice during the week while you're out fishing to unfished areas.
Midday - You’ll return to the cabins for lunch and a nap or enjoy a BBQ on the beach and fish until late afternoon.
At about 5:00 p.m. - You'll return to camp. Relax in a chair in the river and wind down with a snack and a Brazilian Caipirinha - kai-purr-REEN-yah - cachaça, lime, and sugar.
8:00 p.m. Dinner is served.

The Fishing Program

Angler with X-arge 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:  21 ft. 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. All packages are for 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 comprehensive guide training program.
Equipment:  River Plate provides 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 moved one to two times per week to fresh unfished waters. These deluxe, shallow-draft floating cabins can bypass shallow water and sandbars. Mobility is key to exceptional peacock bass fishing. The floating cabins draw only four inches of water and 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 a bilingual host offer personalized, hands-on attention. Free daily laundry service.
Communications:  Satellite phone calls are $5.00 per minute.

24-hour 110 AC and Private Bathrooms

Two Twin Beds and Views From Floating Cabins

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

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.

Guide Pouring Wine for Angler Sitting on Deck of Floating Cabin


Getting to the Floating Cabins:

Most guests fly from Miami to Manaus, Brazil, a five-hour flight. You’ll fly to Manaus on a Friday. A River Plate representative will drive you to a 4 or 5-star hotel in Manaus for your overnight stay, a 10 to 20-minute drive. You'll have an early breakfast at the hotel before departing at 6:00 to 6:30 a.m. for the floatplane flight to one of their six River Train camps. Flights vary from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the river you'll fish. You'll unpack, attend a brief orientation, eat a quick lunch, and fish all afternoon.
The package includes one hotel night in Manaus and a roundtrip floatplane flight. A strictly enforced luggage weight limit of 15 kg or 33 pounds per person is on all floatplane flights. Soft duffle bags with no rigid bottoms must be used. You can leave your main luggage at the hotel in Manaus. The hotel staff can keep your luggage until you return from fishing.



2024 and 2025 Rates

All packages are for two anglers per boat and guide.

7-nights and 6.5-days guided fishing:

(6-nights at camp and one hotel night in Manaus)
Two anglers per cabin $6,490.00 per person
One angler per cabin $6,990.00 per person
Rivers Fished:
July - August 2024:  Marmelos River
September - October 2024:  Matupiri and Igapo-Açu
September - December 2024:  Lower Jufari and Xeruini
November - December 2024:  Omero River
November 2024 - February 2025:  Itapara River
January - February 2025:  Upper Jufari and Kabori Rivers
Premium Fishery:
Rocado River - October - November:
$6,990.00 per person - double occupancy only.

5-nights and 4.5-days guided fishing:
(4-nights at camp and one hotel night in Manaus)
Two anglers per cabin $5,490.00 per person
One angler per cabin $5,990.00 per person
Rivers Fished:
July - August 2024:  Marmelos River
September - October 2024:  Matupiri and Igapo-Açu
September - December 2024:  Lower Jufari and Xeruini
November - December:  Omero River
November 2024 - February 2025:  Itapara River
January - February 2025:  Upper Jufari and Kabori Rivers


The Packages Include:

• All fishing in exclusive remote private rivers.
• Roundtrip floatplane flights between Manaus and camp
• One night in a 4- or 5-star hotel in Manaus on arrival,
  and a day room on departure day
• All necessary ground transfers in Manaus as per itinerary
• Floating cabin lodging
• All meals at camp
• All beverages at camp, including wine, beer, hard liquor, and bottled water
• Limited Wi-Fi in Camp
• Daily laundry and maid service at camp
• Guided fishing
• Use of baitcasting and spin tackle, including heavy &
  mid-action TFO rods, Shimano reels, and all lures except jigs
• Fishing license
• Our 65-page eBook Fly-Fishing for Peacock Bass
  by Larry and Guy Schoenborn, upon request
• All community fees and leases for private waters.

The Packages Do Not Include:

• International airfare to Manaus, and return
• A Brazilian eVisa is required as of 04/10/2025
• Gratuities for guides and staff
• Fly-fishing outfits and flies
• Baitcasting jigs and catfishing rigs
• 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, and items of a personal nature
• Global Rescue
• Travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.
• Fishing with Larry adds a 2.5% convenience fee to all credit card transactions


River Plate Angler's Policies:

Deposit Policy:  A deposit of 50% per person is required to secure a fishing reservation. In case of a cancellation by the guest or agent, the deposit is forfeited in full unless a replacement is found by the agent. RPA has the right to fill the empty spots, and there will be no refunds of deposits and/or final payment to the agent; this event overrules the odd number prohibition, i.e., RPA accepts an odd number group, in this case, forfeits deposit of canceled reservation and holds the right to complete the group with another person. The final payment is due 90 days before departure.

Cancellation Policy:  At this point, participants are responsible for total land costs, and no refund will be made unless a replacement is found by the agent (RPA has the right to fill the empty spots, and there will be no refunds of deposits and/or final payment to the agent nor of any unused portion of the land package). Receipt of the deposit and final payment by River Plate Anglers legal vehicles implies an acknowledgment that the issuer of payment has read and accepted the cancellation/refund and responsibility clause.

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Gary with Large Peacock Bass

Gary, our Client, with Large Peacock Bass

Gary with Large Catfish, Too

River Plate Catfishing

Gary and Lynn with River Plate Double

Two Anglers with Peacock Bass

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 my trips has been 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 mentioned above."
- Eric Schoenborn

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