Fishing Report, February 20-27 2021
Last week of the season:
Six anglers; 1093 fish!
We are closing the 2020-21 season with a final touchdown! The Richardson family on Fly-In River Train II with 6 anglers landed an impressive 1,093 peacocks, of which 152 weighed more than 10 pounds. Four of those weighed 16-18 pounds and one was a 19-pounder. The previous week’s party, Hublila and Krause, with 4 anglers, landed 877 peacocks, of which 59 weighed more than 10 pounds. Two weighed 16-18 pounds. Both parties landed a variety of other tropical 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 the Situation Room had forecasted, water levels stayed two to three feet below the jungle line for the complete season. Fishing, as expected, was excellent (See water level report 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: 0.85 inches (this town’s location can be seen below as “2” in the 3-Month Rain Forecast Map)
Boa Vista: 0.36 inches (idem “3“)
Rorainopolis: 0.98 inches (idem “4“)
Barcelos: 2.66 inches (idem “5“)
Manaus: 3.56 inches. (idem “6“)
Note: The Omero Lakes are marked number “1” in the 3-Month Rain Forecast Map
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
Although this is our last week for the season, 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)
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 for the end of season was accurate.
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 extremely high, which is above normal for this time of the year, but it is too soon to say if it will have an impact. (Remember River Plate has Private Rivers, so we can move to the best Dry Season Zone).
South West Zone: Water levels in this zone 400 miles south of Manaus are dropping rapidly, which is normal for this time of the year.