FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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.
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.
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. However, the best chances for catching trophy fish are as follow:
- Fly-In Floating Cabins in exclusive fisheries.
- Fly-In Floating Cabins in remote fisheries.
- Fly-In Floating Cabins in exclusive navigable (deep water) fisheries.
- Public deep navigable waterways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.