Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which fishery has the best chance for a world record Peacock Bass?
  2. What do you mean by exclusive fishing areas?
  3. Which is the advantage of fishing in remote areas?
  4. Why are your rates among the most expensive?
  5. Why did you discontinue operating your fixed base lodging facilities?
  6. When are water levels at their best?
  7. In which program am I more likely to land a 20 pounder?
  8. Which fishery is better for my type of fishing?
  9. Are timing and water levels important?
  10. Which other species can we fish in the Amazon?
  11. How many days should I spend in Manaus?
  12. What is the city of Manaus like?
  13. Which is the voltage used at the camp and what equipment will I need?
  14. Does the fishing boat have a two-way radio?

 

1. Which fishery has the best chance for a world record Peacock Bass?

Answer: We have selected our fisheries among the 30 best exclusive and/or remote. Since Peacock Bass are territorial and take 8 to 10 years to reach over 22 lbs, they survive in greater numbers in fisheries which are protected from human intrusion by requiring exclusive entry permits and/or by being remote.

2. What do you mean by exclusive fishing areas?

Answer: Since 2002, the Brazilian authorities have granted River Plate exclusive entry permits to fish on Indian reserves and government preserves. This means that we don’t fish with other outfitting companies or commercial fisheries! In exchange for these exclusive entry permits, River Plate helps the local communities and tribes with different humanitarian projects.

3. Which is the advantage of fishing in remote areas?

Answer: Sport fishing yachts, commercial fishing boats and even survival fishing must stop where low waters prevent passage. But beyond these barriers the great Peacock Bass fishing starts! With the Fly-In Floating Cabins, our anglers are able to access these Amazon pristine fisheries like never before: 6-8 hours past the non-navigable shallow waters remote fisheries are reached, and ONLY River Plate can take you there.

4. Why are your rates among the most expensive?

Answer: The exclusive entry permits and the logistics of operating in remote areas have higher costs than yachts or houseboats operating in public deep navigable waterways, therefore this has an impact on the price but only to provide you the best possible fishing experience!

5. Why did you discontinue operating your fixed base lodging facilities?

Answer: Although the lodges were located in remote low fishing pressure areas, they became quickly overfished 2 to 3 hours upriver or downriver. Peacock Bass are territorial and will rapidly shy away if overfished!
Moreover, fixed base lodges cannot seek better (lower) water levels if the river floods.
However, we do still occasionally operate our three private 3,000-foot landing strips at the headwaters of the Araca, Cuiuni and Urubaxi to access our highly mobile Fly-In Floating Cabins.

6. When are water levels at their best?

Answer: Even within the dry season which goes from September to March, it is impossible to predict 3 weeks in advance when and where the best water levels will be.
Therefore, in order to avoid the ever-changing water levels, we move our six independent Fly-In Floating Cabins to over 30 remote and/or exclusive fisheries. These are spread over a 300 mile radius looking for the best water levels available. We also always keep one Fly-In Floating Cabin on "stand-by" in order to navigate to the next best water level fishery.
Occasionally, in the middle of the week, we will even take our guests by floatplane from one cabin operation to another, as far as 300 miles, in the search of optimum water levels.

7. In which program am I more likely to land a 20 pounder?

Answer: Our goal is for you to catch as many trophy Peacock Bass as possible, whether you choose one of our six Fly-In Floating Cabins, or our Black Water Explorer Houseboat. However, the best chances for catching trophy fish are as follow:

  1.     Fly-In Floating Cabins in exclusive fisheries.
  2.     Fly-In Floating Cabins in remote fisheries.
  3.     Fly-In Floating Cabins and the Black Water Explorer Houseboat in exclusive navigable (deep water) fisheries.
  4.     Public deep navigable waterways.

8. Which fishery is better for my type of fishing?

Answer: It’s hard to say which of the River Plate’s exclusive and/or remote fisheries are best suited for your particular angling requirements. Each of our chosen rivers has its distinct characteristics, but they all offer top quality services. We’ll be happy to find the perfect location for you, and the one that will fulfill your expectations, considering number of fish vs. size, bait-casting vs. fly-fishing, etc.

9. Are timing and water level important?

Answer: Absolutely. The best time to fish is from July to April. The Brazilian Amazon encompasses a huge area of territory, with literally thousands of separate watersheds. The equator “cuts” the region into two separate areas, which we refer to as the "northern" and "southern" Amazon. Water fluctuation varies in each watershed (and tributaries), depending on its proximity to the equator. The equator’s convection activity changes in a dependably-cyclical pattern that creates a wet and dry season in both regions.
During the wet season, the rivers overflow their banks and spread out over a tree-filled flood plain, which means that angling is completely unproductive at this time, and not recommended.

When the rains subside, the water level slowly recedes back into a central lagoon-filled river channel. Prime fishing occurs when the receding water forces baitfish out of their vegetation and into open water. Knowledge and careful monitoring of these water fluctuations is an essential part of angling success. Many fixed lodges run operations in areas with marginal high water periods when the fish are completely inaccessible. In these cases, angling results suffer tremendously.
With as much as a 6 week variance, the southern part of the Manaus region is productive from September to October; the north east of Manaus is productive from November to mid-January, and the north from mid-January to the end of March. We do not operate during ‘fringe’ periods when water levels and angling conditions are questionable.
Note: In order to maximize fishing potential throughout the season, and keeping in mind the varying water conditions, we may change the rivers to be fished.

10. Which other species can we fish in the Amazon?

Answer: Although peacock bass are the main attraction in the Amazon, there are many other jungle species that are equally impressive – both in beauty and fighting ability. Depending on the location, you will find other species such as the Pacu, Pirapitinga, Jacunda, Apapa, Tambaqui, Pirarucu, Bicuda, Picua, Piranha, Aruana, and Pescada, among others.

11. How many days should I spend in Manaus?

Answer: A two-day visit should be enough.

12. What is the city of Manaus like?

Answer: Manaus is a modern, rapidly growing city (1.4 million habitants). It is one of the busiest ports in the Amazon where cargo ships distribute their goods throughout the Amazon basin. Before the rubber boom of the 19th century, Manaus was a small, insignificant town. With rubber, rich and splendid architectural accomplishments came to the city, such as the Amazonas Theater (completed in 1896 and restored in 1929). In Manaus, there are many interesting places to visit apart from the Amazonas Theater. For example, you can visit the Palace "Río Negro", the Floating Port, the Municipal Market Adolpho Lisbon, the Forest of Science, the Museum of Natural Science, as well as the Aboriginal fair, where you can buy items made by the Indians. You might even consider visiting the Fish Market.

13. Which is the voltage used at the camp and what equipment will I need?

plugs for amazon fishing tripAnswer: At camp we use American flat blade plugs and some round pin plugs, 110V and 220V. In case this is not the same in your country, we recommend buying a current conversion kit. Some appliances need a transformer and that information is usually provided on the side of the electric appliance. If you are unsure about this, please take the appliance to a qualified store in advance.

14. Does the fishing boat have a two-way radio?

Answer: No, this is not necessary since they only navigate in our exclusive fisheries that are located in the third level tributaries of the Amazon river, meaning that they are narrow rivers that make it impossible for them to get lost at any moment.