Fishing Reports

FR: October 8-15, 2022; Week 11

ROOM TO ROAM

2136 Peacocks Landed

In the quest for better water levels and unfished rivers, 5 of our 6 River Trains this week broke waters in other private rivers, 200 to 500 miles from where we started the season.

All of our guests had exciting angling despite slightly high waters but, it didn’t stop our guests from catching +21lb trophies.






Stats: Over the week we had 14 anglers from the US, 10 anglers from Brazil, 9 anglers from elsewhere in South America, and 7 from Eastern Europe. See tally in the chart below, which excludes 2 large arapaimas, 12 large catfish, and a multifarious array of other tropical less aggressive species such as the jacundá, apapá, cachorra, oscar, aruana, wolfish, pacú, bicúda, and piranha.

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The lower than average tallies in quantities and trophies are caused by high water levels still pouring out of the jungle in our Matupiri, Igapo-Açu and Roçado exclusive rivers, which are our two zones with the lowest water levels across our 1000 mile diameter-of-private fisheries.
Splitting our clients between the three rivers will help us stay below angler limits in all our fisheries, which is important because peacocks are TERRITORIAL. Overfishing an area result in sharply reduced angler success.

Lures: Most effective lures for bait casters for big peacocks are any large topwaters since, these new fisheries peacoks are not stressed. And, of course, bucktail white grey and red jigs are deadly. For fly fishermen we suggest sinking tippets and long mickey fin streamers for trophies and, popper for smaller fish.

Guesswork: Looking forward, we know incoming anglers are interested in knowing where all six of our River Trains will be operating in the months ahead. The key is expected water levels, of course, across our 10 Private Rivers. River Plate is the only company in the Amazon with enough private waters to move anglers around as needed for optimal conditions.
Although our guests are having great angling, water levels at the Roçado in the North West Dry Zone and both the Matupiri & Igapo-Açu in the South West Dry Zone are slightly high (See Dry-Zone Map below), and will likely remain so for the for the next 10 days, given above normal rainfall in the area for this time of the year (see 10-Day Rainfall Forecasts further below).






We base our water predictions in the North West Zone and South West Zone on Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Rainfall Forecast (accumulated inches). These forecasts are for the towns listed below in red which affect both zones mentioned

Today’s 10-Day Forecasts for the towns in the North West Zone are as follows:
  • Villa Bitencourt: 5.41 inches (Marked as “VB” in the map below)
  • Japura: 4.50 inches (Idem “Jap”)
  • Santa Isabel do Rio Negro: 2.78 inches (Idem “SIR”)
  • Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira: 3.54 inches (Idem “SGC”)
  • Maraa: 4.23 inches (Idem “Mar”)
  • Barcelos: 2.34 inches (Idem “Bar”)

Today’s 10-Day Forecasts for the towns in the South West Zone are as follows:
  • Borba: 2.57 inches (Marked as “Bba” in the map below)
  • Novo Aripuana: 2.06 inches (Idem “NA”)
  • Autazes: 1.83 inches (Idem “Aut”)
 
Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast WAS as follows:
  • Villa Bitencourt: 4.48 inches (Marked as “VB” in the map below)
  • Japura: 3.79 inches (Idem “Jap”)
  • Santa Isabel do Rio Negro: 1.60 inches (Idem “SIR”)
  • Sao Gabriel do Cachoeira: 2.23 inches (Idem “SGC”)
  • Maraa: 2.20 inches (Idem “Mar”)
  • Barcelos: 1.84 inches (Idem “Bar”)
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  • Borba: 1.29 inches (Idem “Bba”)
  • Novo Aripuana: 1.78 inches (Idem “NA”)
  • Autazes: 1.83 inches (Idem “Aut”)

Sources: wunderground.com and accuweather.com

Important Note: A 10-Day Forecast for more than 2 inches of rain means water levels may rise; under 2 inches means that water levels may drop. Since the rainfall forecasts in our monitored towns in the North West Zone are well over 2 inches, we expect water levels in the area to rise significantly. In the South West Zone forecasts are around or just above 2 inches, so we expect water levels here to rise more modestly.


3-Month Rain Anomaly Forecast In Our Four Fishing Dry Zones

(Valid for October-November-December)

Source: CPTEC/INPE, Brazil


Our water-level predications are not just based on immediate rainfall forecasts but also on longer term (3-month) forecasts for unusual (or what is called anomalous) rainfall across all of our fishing zones. In the above illustration, no unusual rainfall is expected in the white areas for the next 3 months. Note that the North West Zone is in light blue, meaning that it is expected to receive more rainfall than normal for this time of the year. In contrast, the South West Zone is almost completely in white, meaning that it should receive the usual rainfall for this time of the year.


THIS WEEK'S GALLERY




FR: July 23-30, 2022

MARMELOS RIVER AT ITS BEST

4,741 Peacocks Landed by 14 Anglers

56 per angler per day!






Stats: The big story this week is the landing for 4,741 peacocks by only 14 anglers. That’s an average of 338 fish per angler for the week, 56 per angler per day. That’s a whole lot of catching! The two groups were headed up by D. Lyle, who has fished with us seven times (party of 6), and R. Anderson (party of 8). An impressive 160 of the peacocks caught by the two groups were in the 8- to 16-pound category and three were 17-pounders. One was an 18-pounder (see table below). This tally excludes a wide array of other tropical species such as the matrincha, jacundá, apapá, wolfish, pacú, bicúda, and pirañha.
Water levels on the upper Marmelos private fishery where these groups were fishing were, and remain, good (see below), and fishing should continue to be excellent in this area until we reach our sustainability limit of 56 anglers for this Dry Zone stretch of water. Maintaining this angler limit is important because peacocks are TERRITORIAL. Overfishing an area results in sharply reduced angler success. Currently, the upper Marmelos has been fished by 53 anglers, so next week will be our last week in this fishery for the year. We expect to see great numbers of 20-plus pounders caught at our other private rivers as the season progresses.

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We will start fishing a NEW exclusive river this week, The Torrentoso, from our THIRD River Train in this Dry Zone area. At that point, we will have three of our six river trains in operation. Stay tuned for an update on The Torrentoso.

Guesswork: Looking forward, we know incoming anglers are interested in knowing where all six of our River Trains will be operating in the months ahead. The key is expected water levels, of course, across our 10 Private Rivers. River Plate is the only company in the Amazon with enough private waters to move anglers around as needed for optimal conditions. For at least another month, we expect all water levels will continue to be high in our Northern zone and up to 50 miles South of Manaus, as illustrated in the drawing below.


However, in the South East Zone, 350 miles South East of Manaus water levels will continue to drop, as illustrated in the drawing below.


Low water levels in the South East Zone should last until mid-August, after which it may be TOO low for fish to be active. Scroll down to the Fishing Zones map to see in purple the zone we are currently fishing. The Torrentoso River is not shown yet in this zone, because it is our newest private river.




We base our low-water predictions in the South East Zone on Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Accumulated Rainfall Forecast. These forecasts are for the towns listed below in purple which impact water levels in the South East Zone.

Today’s 10-Day Forecast is as follows (by order of importance):
  • Humaita: 0.89 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.96 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.89 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 0.67 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.46 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.02 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)

Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast WAS as follows:
  • Humaita: 0.58 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.31 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.57 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 1.00 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.80 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.49 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)
Sources: wunderground.com and accuweather.com

Important Note: A 10-Day Forecast for more than 2 inches of rain means water levels may rise; under 2 inches means that water levels may drop. Since the averages of Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast in all towns monitored in the South East Zone are below 0.75 inches, we expect water levels will continue to drop over the next days.


3-Month Rain Anomaly Forecast In Our Four Fishing Dry Zones

(Valid for August-September-October)

Source: CPTEC/INPE, Brazil


Our water-level predications are not just based on immediate rainfall forecasts but also on longer term (3-month) forecasts for unusual (or what is called anomalous) rainfall across all of our fishing zones. In the above illustration, no unusual rainfall is expected in the white areas for the next 3 months. Note that our current selected fishing area from June to August, the South East Zone, is in white meaning NO unusual rainfall is expected there for the next 3 months. In other words, this zone should receive the expected rainfall for THIS TIME of the year, which is historically very little rain (less than 0.75 inches accumulated in a 10-day period).


THIS WEEK'S GALLERY


FR: July 30-August 6, 2022

1,800 LANDED 16 ANGLERS






Stats: This week, first time visitor McGrath, party of 6; and 3 time repeater Long, party of 10 landed 1,800 peacocks with 70 in the 8 to 16 lb category and three 17 pounders (see table below). This tally excludes a multifarious array of other less aggressive tropical species such as the matrincha, jacundá, apapá, wolfish, pacú, bicúda, and pirañha.
Water levels are good (see below), and fishing should continue to be excellent until we approach our sustainability limit for the upper Marmelos private fishery of 56 anglers. The angler limit is important because peacocks are TERRITORIAL. Up-to-date it has been fished by 53 anglers; therefore, next week will be our last week in this fishery for this year.
We expect to great numbers of +20 pounders when we resume in September at our other private rivers.

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We will start fishing this week at our THIRD River Train in this Dry Zone at our NEW exclusive Torrentoso River for a total of three River Trains in operation.

Guesswork: We hereby wish to inform our incoming anglers where might our six River Trains be operating according to the expected water levels across our 10 Private Rivers. For at least another month, all water levels will continue to be high North and up to 50 miles South of Manaus, as illustrated in the below design.


However, in the South East Zone, 350 miles South East of Manaus water levels will continue to drop to maybe a bit to low water levels, as illustrated in the below design.


Low water levels should last until mid-August, after which it may be TOO low for fish to be active. Scroll down to the Fishing Zones map to see in purple the zone we are currently fishing. The Torrentoso River is not shown yet in this zone, because it is our newest private river.




We base our low-water predictions in the South East Zone on Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Accumulated Rainfall Forecast. These forecasts are for the towns listed below in purple which impact water levels in the South East Zone.

Today’s 10-Day Forecast is as follows (by order of importance):
  • Humaita: 1.00 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.67 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.48 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 0.34 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.17 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 0.82 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)

Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast WAS as follows:
  • Humaita: 0.89 inches (Marked as "1" in the map below)
  • Apuí: 0.96 inches (idem "2")
  • Manicore: 0.89 inches (idem "3")
  • Novo Aripuana: 0.67 inches (idem "4")
  • Borba: 0.46 inches (idem "5")
  • Barcelos: 1.02 inches (Marked as "B" on the map, included only as reference since it is OUTSIDE our selected Dry Zone)
Sources: wunderground.com and accuweather.com

Important Note: A 10-Day Forecast for more than 2 inches of rain means water levels may rise; under 2 inches means that water levels may drop. Since the averages of Today’s and Last Week’s 10-Day Forecast in all towns monitored in the South East Zone are below 0.75 inches, we expect water levels will continue to drop over the next days.


3-Month Rain Anomaly Forecast In Our Four Fishing Dry Zones

(Valid for August-September-October)

Source: CPTEC/INPE, Brazil


Our water-level predications are not just based on immediate rainfall forecasts but also on longer term (3-month) forecasts for unusual (or what is called anomalous) rainfall across all of our fishing zones. In the above illustration, no unusual rainfall is expected in the white areas for the next 3 months. Note that our current selected fishing area from June to August, the South East Zone, is in white meaning NO unusual rainfall is expected there for the next 3 months. In other words, this zone should receive the expected rainfall for THIS TIME of the year, which is historically very little rain (less than 0.75 inches accumulated in a 10-day period).