per person, double occupancy
10 days/9 nights
6 days fishing
Lurking Lunkers of the Casiquiare
Some of the largest peacock bass on record have come from the blackwater environs of southern Venezuela. The Casiquiare watershed, linking the Orinoco and Rio Negro, accounts for several IGFA marks and countless tales of adventure. Exploratory trips to its Pasimoni and Pasiba tributaries attract hard-core anglers willing to sacrifice creature comforts for a legitimate chance at an explosive 20-pound pavon. In fact, the camp log doesnít even recognize fish under 10 pounds. Native guides will lead you to jungle lagoons and other prime locations. While downright primitive in nature, the riverside safari camp offers comfy beds enshrouded by mosquito nets. Solar and propane power are used for lighting, communications radio, refrigerator and stove.
Pasimoni River Lodge
Two anglers are paired with a local guide piloting 16-foot aluminum runabout with 50 hp outboards. To have the best opportunity at landing a record class fish, anglers should concentrate on main river structures, such as sand bars, fingers extending off sandy beaches, the dropoff sand bars, the flats around the periphery of a mid-river island, creek mouths entering the river or lagoon, shoals and rock piles and mid-river timber plots. The best structures for big fish have current running close by. Big fish can also be found in the many lagoons of the Pasimoni and Pasiba. Prime areas are at the mouths of lagoons, rocky points, standing timber and sand bars located in the lagoons. The guides are knowledgeable about prime locations and work hard to put you on fish. Additional information can be found on the peacock bass fishing website www.peacock-bass.com. Note: this trip is considered exploratory in nature, with remote access, primitive accommodations and limited English speaking staff. It is considered appropriate only for experienced, risk-tolerant adventurers.
10 days/9 nights
6 days fishing
(2007-2008 SEASON RATES)
10 days/9 nights/6 days fishing
$4250 per person (double occupancy), plus international airfare to Caracas.
EXTRA DAY RATE
$350 (when available, per back-to-back group scheduling)
$1500 per person. May be paid with check, credit card, certified check or money order. Final payments are typically due 60 days prior to departure.
Our in-house travel agency can help you make your flight arrangements. Note: airfares are subject to change and confirmed only at time of booking. Airline ticketing, refund, change and baggage restrictions may apply.
- Airport assistance and transfers
- Domestic/charter flights in Venezuela
- First/last nights in Caracas hotel
- Safari camp accommodations
- All meals & beverages at lodge
- Guided fishing (2 anglers per boat)
- Beer, soft drinks and bottled water while fishing
International airfare and airport departure taxes, meals in Caracas, fishing tackle, fishing license, tips, gifts or items of a personal nature.
Depending on time of year and space availability, you may be able to combine peacock bass fishing with one of our other fishing trips in Venezuela.
The prime time to hunt for trophy pavon in the Casiquiare watershed is during the Venezuela dry season, normally between December and April. Like most Amazon watersheds, river levels are subject to temperamental rains, and despite the best efforts to schedule anglers during prime conditions, occasionally water levels rise from unexpected "dry season" rains. River levels in this watershed can change quickly and affect fishing conditions, regardless of the season or historical patterns. Navigation of boats may also be affected. While we make every attempt to monitor such conditions, anglers assume the risk of these natural forces beyond our control.
Trips start with arriving in Caracas on Fridays, departing on Sundays. Please call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates. Early reservations are highly recommended as this trip has limited spaces and a high repeat rate.
Fly to Caracas, Venezuela. After spending your first night in a Caracas hotel, you'll fly charter aircraft to San Carlos de Rio Negro in the southernmost part of the Venezuelan Amazon. Then you'll load into boats to reach the camp and begin your fishing adventure.
8 anglers per week
Amazonas Peacock Bass Safari's base is a rustic jungle camp located on the shores of the river. Anglers sleep on twin size beds, enshrouded by a mosquito net. The beds are enclosed in a taditional churuata wooden shelter with palm frond roofing and wooden floors. An outhouse is situated a short walk from the sleeping quarters. The camps' kitchens have a stove, refrigerator and icemaker.
There is a separate dining area where meals are served family-style. Bottled water, beer, soda and rum are available. Ice is made from filtered water.
Wildlife viewing, visiting local Indian community.
SAMPLE OUTLINE ITINERARY
(Subject to revision. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
Day 1: Arrive in Caracas. Airport reception and transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Charter flight to San Carlos de Rio Negro. Boat to camp. Overnight.
Days 3-8: Full fishing days. Overnight at camp.
Day 9: Return to Caracas. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Departure flight back to United States.
A valid passport with at least 6 months validity is required for U.S. citizens. Tourist cards are provided on your international flight to Venezuela. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid passports. A photocopy of your passportís photo page is required to apply for fishing permits.
While not required to enter Venezuela, anti-malaria precautions may be advised. Be sure to take sunscreen and insect repellent. Pepto-Bismol or Immodium may help incidental traveller's diarrhea. Drink plenty of bottled water to prevent dehydration. Note: health precautions are offered here as an informational service only. See your doctor or health clinic.
Spanish. Camp host or trip leader speaks English. Guides speak very limited "fishing English."
Daytime temperatures typically range from 80-100 degrees during the day, but typically cool down to the 70s in the evening. Heavy tropical downpours can occur even during the "dry season" so be sure to pack a rainsuit. Humidity in the tropics can play havoc with cameras or other electronic devices.
We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover any losses should you have to cancel to due to unforeseen illness or other emergency. Certain restrictions do apply. Premium rates are typically about $65 per $1,000 of coverage, and usually include some benefits for lost baggage, trip interruption and emergency evacuation. Forms for Travel Assure may be obtained by calling our office.
Our recommended packing list and other briefing materials will be furnished on receipt of your trip deposit and reservation form.
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