River Plate Anglers - Rio Negro System
Since 2002, the Brazilian authorities have granted River Plate Anglers exclusive entry permits to fish on Indian reserves and government preserves. Utilizing floating cabins, River Plate has perfected a highly developed system to fish the Amazon River for peacock bass.
Peacock Bass Fishing - Private Waters
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 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 outboard trolling motor, 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. Prior to this agreement, the tried and true Marmelos had not been fished in four years.
Floating Mobile cabins
Their system consists of deluxe, shallow draft, floating cabins which combine daily mobility with the ability to bypass shallow water and sandbars. This is the key to exceptional peacock bass fishing. Drawing only four inches of water, the floating cabins navigate past shallow water natural barriers in comfort and style. 12’x15’ cabin air-conditioned cabins with 110 electricity, and a private bathroom with 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 (limits explained in our information packet). 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:
"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
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.
2019 USD Rates:
New Single Angler Program
Fish on exclusive entry waters on the tributaries of the upper Rio Negro and Rio Branco. This floating mobile safari camp will feature six single occupancy, air-conditioned cabins - each featuring a queen-size bed,
plus a single-occupancy hotel room in Manaus for six single anglers per week from October through early March. This new concept will allow anglers who desire single room accommodations
the added room and privacy a private cabin offers and the added comfort of a queen bed, while experiencing a great remote fishing experience. The camp will be located on exclusive entry waters, totaling 1,500 miles of black water tributaries.
One angler per room and
Two anglers per guide and boat:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
(1-nt in Manaus + 6-nts in camp)
4 to 6-anglers per week
$6,995.00 per person
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing:
(1-nt in Manaus + 4-nts in camp)
6-anglers per week
$4,995.00 per person
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
(1-nt in Manaus + 6-nts at camp)
No odd # of bookings are accepted.
Mid-July to August 31:
Marmelos River - 8-anglers per week:
$5,595.00 per person
September to October 5:
Matupiri and Upper Igapo-Açu
November to February:
Lower Jufaris, Lower Xeruini, and Lower Itapará
November to December:
12-anglers per week:
$4,990.00 per person
8-anglers per week
$5,590.00 per person
January 3 - February 28:
Headwaters of Itapará, Xeruini, and Jufaris:
8-anglers per week:
$5,990.00 per person
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 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, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
New Requirements:•As of June 17, 2019, Brazil will no longer require a Tourist Visa for U.S. citizens. This will make it a lot easier for anglers traveling to Brazil for peacock bass, arapaima, wolf fish... (Acquiring the old visa was a real headache.)
• Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate: A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required to enter any Indian Territory in Brazil. It’s a Government Regulation to protect Indians. All anglers must bring within their travel documents their vaccine certificates.