Month: January 2021

Mid-Week fishing report, January 25th 2021 (one day, only)

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Latest from The Situation Room of River Plate Anglers

The Omero is back with great fishing!


This brief report was put together last night by our HQ Staff in Montevideo, Uruguay, to alert incoming anglers to the actual conditions they will find on arrival next week in Curicuri in the Omero Lake System north of Manaus. Water levels were dropping as forecasted and fishing popped up on Monday. The Omero Lakes are in our North East Zone which typically enjoys low water this time of year (see map below). At this writing, the 2 parties of a total of 11 anglers, fishing with party leader Jim English and Brian Pratter on Fly-In River Trains II and IV had landed 146 fish on Monday, twenty of which weighed more than 10 pounds plus a 17, a 18 and a 19 pounder. Fishing numbers are going up rapidly now day by day as the last water pours out of the jungles and becoming clearer. We mentioned this possibility in our last fishing report, noting that “Omero water levels could go up a bit more due to last week's rainfall, but should then stabilize and fall over the next four to six days." The good news is, water levels will continue this trend and stabilize 2-3 feet below the jungle line as of Thursday, and fishing is expected to be excellent at least for the next two weeks (see water level report below). That is not to overlook the fact that the departing party last week managed to catch some fish and had a great time, with a couple of big fish including Arapaima, Aruana, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa (see last week's gallery).


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Water Level Report on North East Zone



As we forecasted, fishing last week was still marginal since water levels were still at the-jungle-line on the Omero Lakes. As this is written water levels are ½ foot below the jungle line and lower in some areas. The real good news is, water levels will be excellent, which indicates that our 10-day forecasts for very little rain were very accurate last week. Water levels are expected to continue to drop rapidly on the Omero until Thursday and maintain this level until the end of the season. This is further evidenced in today’s 10-day forecasts as compared to last week’s (see below).

Today’s 10-day accumulated rainfall forecasts  are for the towns marked in green. These forecasts have a direct impact on the Omero lakes in North East Zone.  The 10-day rainfall below the threshold of 1.8 to 2.0 inches means that water levels will be dropping very fast on the Omero.
  • Caracarai: 0.65 inches (this town's location can be seen below as "2" in the 3-Month Rain Forecast Map)
  • Boa Vista: 0.12 inches (idem "3")
  • Rorainopolis: 0.7 inches (idem "4")
  • Barcelos: 1.83 inches (idem "5")
  • Manaus: 3.33 inches. (idem "6")
  • Note: The Omero Lakes are marked number "1" in the 3-Month Rain Forecast Map

Source: wunderground.com

Last week’s 10-day accumulated rainfall forecast:
  • Caracarai: 1.4 inches
  • Boa Vista: 0.37 inches
  • Rorainopolis: 2.05 inches
  • Barcelos: 4.12 inches
  • Manaus: 4.37 inches

Source: wunderground.com

The prospects looking forward are even better, as can be seen in the 3-Month Rain Forecast Map.

3-Month Rain Forecast Map


(valid for January-February-March)




Source: CPTEC/INMET/FUNCEME

In the map note that our favored area for this time of year, North East Zone, with numbers 1,2,3 and 4, should experience less rainfall than any of our other Fishing Zones. Meanwhile, the Barcelos area, number 5, where most anglers fish (in public waters) is in the high rainfall area colored in blue. And, the city of Manaus as a reference is number 6.

In conclusion, our guesswork would indicate that on the Omero current water levels have gone through the worst point for the season. By the end of this week, conditions should be edging toward excellent.



River Plate Anglers has access to 10 private river areas that drain some 30 million acres of pristine Amazon rainforest populated almost exclusively by indigenous groups that allow River Plate to fish their waters on an exclusive basis in return for various forms of support. Having so many rivers is part of our River Plate Advantage™. The other part of our River Plate Advantage™ is keeping up to date on water levels in all those areas. We do that from an office complex in Montevideo, Uruguay, we have dubbed our Situation Room. There, we pore over river data and weather forecasts basin-wide on a daily basis to ensure our anglers fish waters that are in prime condition. Our competitors, with few waters to fish, poor mobility, and limited insight into basin-wide water level fluctuations rely largely on guessing and hoping. We rely on facts. Here is a zone-by-zone snapshot of what is happening at the three Fishing Zones not mentioned in this report:

North West Zone: Water levels in this zone up to 400 miles north west of Manaus are too high, which is not normal for this time of the year. Therefore, we have moved most of our stand-by operations out of this zone and into the above mentioned Omero lakes system.

South East Zone: Water levels in this zone 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.

South West Zone: Water levels in this zone 400 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.


Yesterday's Gallery

Mid week fishing report, 16-18 January 2021 (2 ½ days)

The Omero lakes continue to be the only fishable waters in the Amazon


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Weekend's Tally
(Note: this 2 ½ day report is to rush last weekend's conditions to our incoming anglers)

Curicuri (part of the Omero system) in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The party of only 4 anglers landed only 85 peacocks over the weekend, of which 9 were over 12 pounds and one 19 pounder. Fishing numbers fell as water rose.

We did stipulate upfront in our last fishing report that "on the Omero water levels could go up a bit more due to last week's rainfall, but it should stabilize and then fall over the next 4 to 6 days".



The good news is that yesterday effectively the water levels did STOP RISING, and as of Thursday fishing will be picking up to the excellent number of 2 weeks ago (see water level report below).

Nevertheless, the departing Webb party, for the full last week managed to catch 440 fish with only 4 anglers, with many big fish including Aruana, Arapaima, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa.


Water level report

Dry Season-Zone N. East: As forecasted, fishing last week dwindled due to rising water levels on the Omero lakes. Water levels are above the jungle line and barely fishable. Since today water levels have stopped rising. Last week's very low 10-day accumulated rain forecasts actually were very accurate, and as such, water levels will drop rapidly on the Omero as of Thursday.

As a favorable aspect, note that the 3-month rain forecast (see "Previsao Climatica" below) shows that our favored area has less expected rainfall than all 4 Dry Season-Zones.

In conclusion, our guess work would indicate that on the Omero current water levels are at their highest point and will drop rapidly and by Thursday it will be very fishable, and by next week it should be very good going into excellent.

Dry Season-Zone N. West: Water levels are too high, which is not normal for this time of the year. Therefore, we have moved most of our stand-by operations out of this zone on the lower Xeurini into the Kabori and the above mentioned Omero lakes system.

Dry Season-Zone S. East: Water levels in the area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.

Dry Season-Zone S. West: Water levels in this area 400 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.




The "Previsao Climatica" (Weather Forecast) map below depicts the expected rainfall for the first three months of 2021. Note that our fishing area, Dry Season-Zone N. East, coincides with the low rainfall area colored in white. Meanwhile, the Barcelos area where most anglers fish (in public waters) is in the high rainfall area colored in blue.

Mid week fishing report, 9-11 January 2021 (2 ½ days)

The private Omero lakes are currently the only fishable waters in the Amazon

Weekend's tally
(note: this 2 ½ day report is to rush last weekend's conditions to our incoming anglers)
Curicuri (part of the Omero system) in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The party of only 4 anglers landed 166 peacocks over the weekend, including 15 fish over 12 pounds and one 18 pounder. Fishing is very good despite high waters, caused by heavy rains in the last 5 days.

The last departing group of 7 anglers landed over 600 peacocks over the full week, despite heavy rains, with 30 fish over 12 pounds and 2 fish over 18 pounds including Aruana, Arapaima, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa. One Arapaima weighed over 40 pounds.


Water Level Report
Dry Season-Zone N. East: Fishing has dwindled 30-40% since startup due to rising water levels on the Omero lakes. Water levels are above the jungle line but very fishable. Since last Friday water levels have stopped rising, and the 10-day accumulated rain forecasts indicate only 0.23-0.71 inches of rain at the headwaters of the Rio Branco which forms the Omero lakes (see below the forecast for the nearby towns of Caracarai and Boa Vista). However, rain forecasts are higher for other towns in Dry Season-Zone N. East (1.57 inches in Rorainopolis and 2.38 inches in Barcelos), which has a negative impact on our private fisheries on the Itapara, Kabori and upper Jufaris.
As a favorable aspect, note that the 3-month rain forecast (see "Previsao Climatica" below) shows that our favored area has less expected rainfall than all 4 Dry Season-Zones.
In conclusion, our guess work would indicate that on the Omero water levels could go up a bit more due to last week's rainfall, but it should stabilize and then drop over the next 4 to 6 days.
Dry Season-Zone N. West: Water levels are too high, which is not normal for this time of the year. Therefore, we have moved most of our stand-by operations out of this zone on the lower Xeurini into the Kabori and the above mentioned Omero lakes system.
Dry Season-Zone S.East: Water levels in this area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.
Dry Season-Zone S.West: Water levels in this area 400 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.


Total expected rainfall for the upcoming 10-day period:


  • Caracarai: 0.71 inches
  • Rorainopolis: 1.57 inches
  • Boa Vista: 0.23 inches
  • Barcelos: 2.38 inches
  • Manaus: 3.95 inches

For more details, see below charts:




The "Previsao Climatica" (Weather Forecast) map below depicts the expected rainfall for the first three months of 2021. Note that our fishing area, Dry Season-Zone N. East coincides with the low rainfall area colored in white. Meanwhile, the Barcelos area where most anglers fish (in public waters) is in the high rainfall area colored in blue.  

Gallery

Mid Week Fishing Report, Jan 3-4, 2021 (1 ½ days)

Over 210 fish landed in the first 1 1/2 days by our first 7 anglers for 2021, including 2 Arapaima over 40 lbs

 

Weekend's Tally
(note: this 1 1/2 day report is to rush last weekend's conditions to our incoming anglers)
Curicuri (part of the Omero system) in Dry Season-Zone N. East: The Randy Long group of 7 anglers landed 210 peacocks during a half-day on Sunday and all of Monday, including 4 over 16 pounds and 2 large Arapaimas.
The last departing group before Christmas landed over 1000 fish in this fishery, with three 19 pounders including Aruana, Arapaima, Sardinata, Tambaqui and Apapa; and 2 Arapaimas over 40 lbs.

Water Level Report
Dry Season-Zone N. East: Fishing has been very good for the last 16 consecutive weeks, and forecasts indicate that the Omero, upper Itapara and Kabori water levels should be falling into reasonable levels, which is expected at the end of December.

We have moved our standby operations into these areas. See how these water level dynamics coincide with the large blue and white map labelled "Previsao Climatica".
Dry Season-Zone N. West: Water levels on the northern tributaries of the Negro River have not begun to drop, which is not normal for this time of the year. Therefore, we have moved most of our stand-by operations out of this zone on the lower Xeriuini into the Kabori, also in Dry Season-Zone N. East.
Dry Season-Zone S. East: Water levels in this area 150 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.
Dry Season-Zone S. West: Water levels in this area 450 miles south of Manaus are high, which is normal for this time of the year.


The "Previsao Climatica" (Weather Forecast) map below depicts the expected rainfall for the first three months of 2021. Note that our fishing area, Dry Season-Zone N. East coincides with the low rainfall area colored in white. Meanwhile, the Barcelos area where most anglers fish (in public waters) is in the high rainfall area colored in blue

  Total expected rainfall for the above locations:
  • Caracarai: 3.04 inches
  • Boa Vista: 1.58 inches
  • Barcelos: 2.81 inches
  • Manaus: 2.63 inches
  • Rorainopolis: 3 inches