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Great Fishing to Start off the Season!
Fishing in the Amazon since 1999, I have experienced more than 50 trips and to this date have never traveled to as many rivers as we did this past week. We started off fishing in the Rio Negro, just out from the mouth of the Jufari River. In the first day and a half, we caught many peacock bass but non-much bigger than my Florida fish.
The camp made the decision to head over to the Rio Branco, north to the lower Xeriuni. The fish were bigger but there was a yacht positioned south of the mouth so we decided to move farther north to fish the lower Rio Itapara.
We had excellent fishing, the peacock bass were larger and hitting topwater baits. This was great until the locals came and told us to leave. We headed north, making our way to the Homero lakes and we finally settled in for three days fishing and caught peacock bass up to 15 pounds. Yes, we felt a bit like vagabonds but the fishing ended up yielding us over 2100 peacock bass for the week!
The Homero lakes and the Rio Itapara water levels were perfect and we could see many peacock bass on there spawning beds which tells me the next couple of weeks the bite should be really good as they move off into the center of the lagoons.
In looking back on this trip I found it exciting to fish different rivers and this is one reason why I tend to go peacock bass fishing with River Plate. They have the ability to better adapt to changing river conditions than static camps and thus can get anglers to where the big fish are biting.
During the same week, other River Plate camps did well, with peacock bass up to 22 pounds, but none came close to our numbers. All in all, the week contained a lot of boat riding but it paid off in some very nice dividends.
Both the 5.5" and the 6.25" Rip Rollers were the best topwater bait for the bigger peacock bass. The jigs were hot in chartreuse/white, red/yellow and red/white. For those of you fly-fishing, the chartreuse/white was perfect; one client told me it was the best fly-fishing he had experienced for peacock bass. We also caught airuana, piranha, catfish, jacuanda, Oscar's and a few other varieties that I can't pronounce! Tight lines, Alan Zaremba.
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