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Author:  Craphac [ Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:46 am ]
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Got to go on a trip of a lifetime to Brazil for some peacock bass fishing. Went with Captain Peacock on their new 165 foot Rio Negro Queen on the Rio Negro River ( a tributary of the Amazon).
Best news was that there were NO mosquitoes to deal with.
There was 24 of us on board. We flew to Manaus Brazil and then on to Barcelos Brazil to get on the boat. It was a 9 day trip and we fished 6 days. My biggest was only 10 lbs but fish up to 22 lbs were caught. Top water blow ups were unbelievable but it was a lot of work casting those wood choppers. Caught a lot trolling a fly about 4" long about a foot under the surface.
The food and service was great. The weather was hot (80-100 degrees) with a shower or two most days.
The Rio Negro River is very black but the beaches and sand bars were very white.
We caught a few piranha and had a shore lunch where they grilled peacock bass and piranha over and open fire and they were both very good to eat.

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Author:  EGator [ Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:31 am ]
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Beautiful fish!

Author:  sticko [ Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:25 am ]
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sound like a fun trip nice catch.

Author:  silentkilla [ Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:36 pm ]
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Bet that was fun..... beautiful fish for sure.....
Those pics should be framed and put on your wall....
Very nice...

Author:  okden [ Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:59 pm ]
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Very cool...

Author:  txredneck [ Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:28 pm ]
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Nice indeed

Author:  sticko [ Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:48 pm ]
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work for those peacock bass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVYIkjmlCgk

Author:  txredneck [ Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:24 am ]
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sticko wrote:

Good looking video.

Author:  RocketSurgeon1911 [ Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:06 pm ]
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nice

Author:  Gettin' Jiggy [ Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:23 am ]
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Wow, trip of a lifetime for sure Craphac!! I'll bet it was a total blast from beginning to end.

Author:  Craphac [ Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:13 pm ]
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You just can't describe catching 50-70 peacock bass per day, even though some were only 2-5 lbs or so. The river is so black and the sand bars are bright white. Most of the fish we caught on top water were bigger fish and it worked the best in a driving rain. They really fed on top during the rain. The hard part was throwing that top water 200-300 casts without a fish. Might get a blow up or swirl every now and then but the bite was tough except very early am and during a rain shower.
When we got exhausted from throwing a top water bait, we used 4" flies that essentially was a hook with different colors of flash mixed together. We trolled these flies about 50' behind the boat fairly slow but you had to jerk them forward about 2-3' and when the slack was out of the line, you do it over again. The hits were vicious and you would rarely miss a fish or two.
It was hot, like 80-100 degrees most every day as we were 2 degrees south of the Equator. Long pants and long sleeve shirts were the norm as was a large brimmed hat and plenty of SPF 50-70 sun screen applied 2-3 times a day.
After a couple of days, our pattern became top waters thrown at points that were on the eddy side of a swift current. Mostly very early and whenever a rain shower came up. Otherwise we trolled along wind blown banks and most fish hit at or near structure like stumps, tree tops or small islands of bamboo or other rain forest vegetation.
We were in some extremely remote areas of the rain forest. You could go miles and miles and only see an occasional local fisherman. The Rio Negro was one of the widest and longest rivers I have ever seen. The current was created by tides, no flowing from lots of rain. We ran 25-70 miles some days. Just not all at once, thankfully.
It was indeed a trip of a lifetime.

Author:  sticko [ Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:35 pm ]
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did you mount that pretty fish

Author:  Craphac [ Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:14 am ]
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I thought about getting a replica but likely won't though.
I know i caught it. Ha!!!

Author:  Raptor [ Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:19 pm ]
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Cool trip. I always wanted to go but either didn’t have the money (younger) or the time (now).

For those looking to do it cheaper you can fish for butterfly peacocks in the canals around Miami. When I couldn’t afford Brazil we started going to Miami every year. We would do a 2 day trip with one day fishing for Peacocks and the 2nd day bass fishing either on Lake O or Kissimmee River. Always caught piles of fish. Ive used HawgHunters guide service every time.

https://www.hawghunter.net

Raptor

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