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3/7/2014: Head North! To Alaska and Canada
It's been another successful peacock bass season with extremely happy anglers. Customer comments this year included "Best fishing of my life!" and "Best Amazon trip yet!"

Which leads us to the proverbial question, "Where to next?" Our suggestion, Head north! Alaska is home to the best salmon fishing in the world and May through October is the salmon months. These months coincidentally offer the nicest weather.
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3/7/2014: Waterfall Resort Offers "Fun and Fishin'"
Waterfall Resort offers some of the best salmon and halibut fishing in the world. In the clear cool waters surrounding Prince of Wales Island, rich times prime the deep waters with millions of baitfish that attract annual returns of trophy-size salmon, halibut, red snapper and ling cod, giving Waterfall Resort its' reputation for premier Alaskan sport fishing.
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3/7/2014: When the Sun Beats Down,
Head for the Boardwalk!
Voted “Lodge of the Year” three times, Boardwalk Lodge is an Orvis-endorsed resort boasting some of Alaska’s finest salt and freshwater fishing. This beautiful hand-hewn log lodge sits in a sheltered cove on Prince of Wales Island, 42 miles from Ketchikan.
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3/7/2014: Find Your Animal Spirit
at Totem Lodge
At Totem Lodge, you can experience “A World Class Destination”, “A Diamond in the Rough”, “A 5-Star Nature Adventure”, and “Affordable Luxury in the Wilderness” all in one place. Totem Resort offers 5-star service and lodgings alongside first-class fishing for walleye, pike, musky, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass.
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4/5/2013: New Fishing Forays!
Thailand and Alaska
Check out these two great fishing destinations! We are offering travel to Thailand, a fishing paradise for exotic predators such as the Giant Snakehead, Giant Mekong Catfish and Giant Siamese Carp.

Closer to home, would be a visit to Nushagak Camp. A true wilderness adventure to the "real Alaska" fishing for salmon, rainbow trout, Artic graying and char. Read the two stories below for details on both trips!
4/5/2013: Fish Thailand!
How much more exotic can you get? Our angling adventure take you to Thailand in search of a terrific topwater fighter, the Giant Snakehead. You’ll also have the chance to fish for the monstrous Mekong Catfish, Siamese Carp, Jungle Perch and other exotic species introduced from the Amazon.
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4/5/2013: Alaskan Wilderness Adventure!
Fishing Nushagak Camp is a real Alaskan experience. Camped on the side of the Nushgak River, anglers truly experience the remoteness of their environment. Surrounded only by the breathtaking nature this landscape has to offer, it is an opportunity for anglers to experience Alaskan fishing at its best.
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4/5/2013: Peacock Paradise
Join River Plate on one of their new season adventures to the Brazilian Amazon for peacock bass fishing. FishQuest has camp dates open throughout the entire season. However current weeks to fill are: Oct 18-26: Regular River camp and River Marie camp.
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4/5/2013: Golden Opportunity!
Salto Grande Dam, one of our 2012 best-selling fishing destinations has just four open weeks left for 2013:
  • July 3-7 ($2500)
  • Aug 1-6 ($2500)
  • Oct 24-29 ($4000)
  • Dec 26-31 ($4000)
    Call us for 2014 open weeks.
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    4/5/2013: Amazon Obsession Aids Locals
    Doctors of Water making a difference - for the third consecutive year, the project "Doctors of Water" will make a difference in the lives of Amazon communities' families, according to Ian Sulocki of the Kalua Houseboat sportfishing operation.
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    5/4/2012: FishQuest on the Fly
    Since the birth of FishQuest nearly twenty years ago, we have grown into one of the most prominent and successful fishing operators of today. We compete well in the world of conventional angling but have not focused too heavily on fly fishing. Well, today that changes! FishQuest is expanding to include a fly fishing division. To guide these trips we are now working with accomplished fly fisherman, John Bottko of Jacksonville, Florida.
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    5/4/2012: Marie “TUCANO”
    River Opens
    Just in case you didn’t receive our last newsletter blast, River Plate has secured the rights to fish the Marie Indian Reserve on the upper Rio Negro’s Southwest tributaries near the Venezuelan/Columbian borders. The Marie is known as the TUCANO, best trophy-fish river in the Amazon.
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    5/4/2012: Amazon Trips -
    Better than Ever
    The year, ALL River Plate Anglers’ rivers are private, exclusive waters. This gives River Plate anglers the edge over competitors fishing public waters where many operators fish the same areas causing overfishing. With this new guaranteed privacy, River Plate can
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    5/4/2012: One for your
    Bucket List
    Golden Dorado fishing is a MUST for every angler wanting to test his talents against a freshwater, fighting monster. Fishing for golden dorado is exciting for anglers of all levels as the fish are trophy size, aggressive, powerful,
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    5/4/2012: Pike, Musky, Walleye,
    Crappie and Bass
    Totem Resort is Canadian fishing at it's best with 5-star service and lodgings along with first-class fishing. Trophy walleye are the most famous catch, averaging between 16-25 inches with about 20-30 walleyes caught per two-angler boat per day.
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    5/4/2012: Beat the Heat;
    Fish Alaska!
    One of our primary Alaskan Lodges has given FishQuest! clients some special rates to enjoy the best fishing Alaska has to offer. Family owned and operated for 28 years, the Pippens at Rainbow Bay Lodge offer the complete package- awesome fishing, delicious food and as many fly-outs as you wish.
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    5/4/2012: American Airlines:
    Miami-Manaus Option
    American Airline has opened up a direct flight from Miami-Manaus. The flight is scheduled from Miami at approximately 5:00 PM and returns from Manaus to Miami at approximately midnight.
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    5/4/2012: FYI Brazilian Visas
    Just to keep you informed, the cost of a Brazilian visa has increased to $180 for U.S. passport holders traveling to Brazil for tourism. At this time, we do not believe the San Francisco consulate has raised its rates but I am sure they will follow suit soon.
    1/18/2012: Got to Love those Golden Dorados!
    Wow, what a week! My husband and I traveled down to Argentina and Uruguay with December’s FishQuest! party to fish South America’s amazing golden dorado. We flew into Argentina and then stayed at Hotel Bel Air, Buenos Aires. I scheduled several things to do in Buenos Aires including a 1/2 city tour and a Tango Gala night. Both were truly spectacular and I would strongly recommend them to all the anglers fishing in this region.
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    1/18/2012: Amazon Water Levels Receding?
    It looks like things are turning around in the Amazon. After a very difficult start to the season, the water levels are finally receding below jungle level, low enough for FishQuest’s January 07 party to go fishing, much to their elation. Fishing was good on the Jauperi, especially as the
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    1/18/2012: Fishing, Native Style!
    Yes, it’s that time of year again - summer trips are fishing their way towards you. Riding on the huge success of last year’s “Fish with the Natives” Amazon trip, we are once again excited to offer this unique experience. It’s not very often that I have two full groups
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    1/18/2012: Location, Location, Location
    Experience the legend - Waterfall Resort, just off Prince Wales Island in southeast Alaska. Here, thousands of salmon return each year. Fill your freezer with salmon, halibut, red snapper and other species, as each day’s catch will be prepared, packed and frozen for your return flight home.
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    1/18/2012: Want to Catch a
    Living Dinosaur?
    The size and power of this fish is hard to imagine! This is a true big game fishing experience and these magnificent beasts are actually living relics from a time long ago. The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish on the planet and is found in the Frazer
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    1/18/2012: Crocodile Bay is
    Fishin' for Crocs?
    No, but just about everything else! Crocodile Bay has the best combination of offshore and inshore fishing in the world and one of the largest sailfish populations found anywhere. Just when you think it can’t get better,
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    1/18/2012: Experience India!
    For all of you that say some day I would like to visit India, Australia or Africa or simply say someday I will take an exotic adventure, well that day has arrived! As the world shrinks due to better technology and air flight, the world of fishing travel gets easier.
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    1/18/2012: Referrals
    Just as a footnote for those of you who have taken a great FishQuest! adventure, your referral is our highest form of compliment and is greatly appreciated. If you have a fishing friend who may enjoy one of our trips, please put us in touch.
    8/23/2011: Back to Nature –
    Fishing Style!
    Last week a group of FishQuest! anglers returned from Brazil after fishing in the southern Amazon. Their trip took them into Sinop and then on a floatplane to a small jungle village of just less than 100 inhabitants. The natives welcomed our entrepid group of weary anglers with friendly faces, good food and much more. For a week, our group lived, fished, ate and slept along side the natives, experiencing a lifestyle most of us can only imagine.
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    8/23/2011: More Peacocks
    and Pesky Payara
    This fall, we are running our second week down to Lake Guri, Venezuela, fishing for peacock bass and payara. Departing from Miami on October 13, anglers will be fishing for three, four or five days. Hosted by well-known Steve Shoulders of Headwaters Fishing Club,
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    8/23/2011: Amazon Deals
    Coming Your Way!
    River Plate is back for another year fishing in the Brazilian Amazon. They are offering five hugely discounted weeks throughout the season and they are highlighting why they believe they offer superior peacock bass fishing trips.
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    8/23/2011: A Nice Addition
    Down Under
    New Zealand’s 5-star Owen River Lodge on South Island has added a selection of non-fishing activities to its menu. Known in the fly fishing world as one of the best fly fishing destinations, Owen River Lodge has been looking for ways to entertain the non-fishing companions of its many dedicated anglers.
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    8/23/2011: September Special:
    Silver Salmon Spectacular!
    September brings a thick run of Silver Salmon at Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge, packing the waterways with many trophy-sized fish in the 20 lbs range. But there's a trick to catching them- you've got to get a line in the water! Interested?
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    6/21/2011: December’s Dancing Dorados
    This December, come join us on an unforgettable fishing trip to Uruguay for Golden Dorados! December marks the beginning of prime time fishing for these dancing monsters and so you better come prepared with Bogagrip and camera to record your catch. Up for a challenge? It looks like I’ll be joining this adventure and will need some expert fishing tips.

    Trip cost is $3,800 per person for four days fishing and the trip runs from December 05 – 13. Anglers fly into Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then take a short flight to Uruguay. Accommodations are at the beautiful Horacio Quiroga Thermal Spa Resort complete with
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    6/21/2011: Amazon Style Adventure
    Four spots left on August 14-23 Mato Grosso exploratory trip down to Brazil. Hosted by Ian Sulocki, this trip is a true Amazon adventure! Anglers will have the honor of living with a tribe in their village and fishing their exclusive fishery.
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    6/21/2011: Amazing Agua
    Boa Discount!
    For all you avid fly fishermen out there, this is the deal of the season! Agua Boa Lodge is offering a special rate for Thanksgiving week: November 19th to 26th. For six days fishing, the price is $4,000 per angler, instead of the normal price of $5,300, a discount of $1,300!
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    6/21/2011: Tackle Tearing
    Tarpon Special!
    Prime time for trophy tarpon is September though October at Rio Indio Lodge, Nicaragua. For three days fishing, book one angler at $1,925 during these two months and the second angler travels at a 50% discount. (Additional days are $350 per day.)
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    4/12/2011: Quest for New Fishing Holes!
    FishQuest is adding a variety of well-chosen new fishing forays to its line-up. We are asking clients to recommend any lodges they have visited in recent years and experienced great fishing, food and service. FishQuest is looking for destinations near and far - from lodges in USA to Timbuktu. Yes, Timbuktu really exists. It is a town in the Western African nation of Mali. However, it borders the Sahara Desert so not much fishing there!

    The hunt is underway. A $50 gift certificate is offered to any client who recommends a trip we add to our list of fishing hot spots. E-mail suggestions to fishquest@aol.com with the subject line: NEW FISHING HOLE.
    4/12/2011: Peacocks and Payara!
    Want to catch a bunch of peacocks and payara all in the same day? Well, Steve Shoulders offers you the opportunity at his Curichapo Lodge on Lake Guri, Venezuela. Open year round, Curichapo Lodge is a great option for those anglers wanting to fish for peacocks and payara during Brazil’s rainy season or those anglers looking for a new South American freshwater adventure.
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    4/12/2011: Alaskan Adventure
    with a Difference
    Midnight Sun Adventures is an exciting new offering to our line-up. When one thinks Alaskan fishing, one does not usually think houseboat and trophy pike. But that is exactly what this is! Midnight Sun Adventures provides fully guided fishing trips in western Alaska on one of the Yukon's largest tributaries. The houseboat, Midnight Sun, provides a new twist to sport fishing in Alaska;
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    4/12/2011: Fish with the Natives – Amazon Style
    Three spots left on our August 14-23 Mato Grosso exploratory trip down to Brazil. Hosted by Ian Sulocki and accompanied by the fabulous Alan Zaremba, this trip is a true Amazon adventure! Anglers will have the honor of living with a tribe in their village and fishing their exclusive fishery.
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    4/12/2011: Open Spot-
    Ono Island, Fiji
    Due to a late cancellation we now have one spot remaining on this upcoming trip Ono Island, Kadavu Fiji! Dates are June 25th – July 2nd. On this adventure you can expect to target a variety of species including GT's, dogtooth and yellowfin tuna, bluefin trevally, spanish mackeral,
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    4/12/2011: Open Spot-
    La Zona, Argentina
    Salto Grande Dam, one of our 2011 best selling fishing destinations has one open slot for Oct. 12-19 and two open slots for Feb. 02-07, 2012. The target species is the infamous golden dorado, one of Argentina's most renown native fish.
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    4/12/2011: Open Spots-
    Kabalebo Nature Resort
    Single angler is looking for one or two anglers to join him on a return trip to Kabalebo Nature Resort the end of October/beginning of November. Kabalebo Nature Resort is a unique environment mixing eco tours with the ultimate in jungle sport fishing. Some of the largest red tail catfish in all South
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    4/12/2011: Open Spots-
    Lake Mateos, Mexico
    Mexico’s Lake Mateos has several spots still open. Today, Mateos is a bass angler’s paradise. Brim full of Florida-strain bass and surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains, Lake Mateos offers anglers the opportunity of 100-fish days. Known as a
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    4/12/2011: Open Spots-
    Himalayan Mahseer Trail
    One spot left on an exotic Indian hunt for the great mahseer. Dates are from October 07-17 and the trip runs $3775 per person plus roundtrip airfare to New Delhi. The price includes all transfers, accommodations/meals and guided fishing. Planned as a fly-fishing adventure, conventional fishing is
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    2/25/2011: Those Dare Devil Dorados
    Well it is official; River Plate has cracked the damn at Salto, from the Uruguay side! Yes sirs (and madams too) you can go fish those trophy size, tough, aggressive, fearsome fighting, awesome jumping Golden Dorado from Uruguay!

    Alan Zaremba, FishQuest! guide, has been there and fished and will soon be on his way back for more. His exact words were, "This is one fish that every guy who calls himself a fisherman should put on his bucket list. You just gotta get one on the hook and as they say you're hooked!" We are just so excited about this trip!
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    2/25/2011: Early Bird Amazon Special
    We are taking early bookings for Amazon peacock bass fishing! Book and pay your deposit by the end of March and receive $100 discount off your Amazon trip or $150 worth of fishing tackle. If you plan on going to the Amazon next season why not book early and get a discount?
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    2/25/2011: Multi Species Mecca
    It’s a bit confusing for most folks but let me set the record straight, Rio Indio Lodge IS located in Nicaragua but it’s just barely over the border. Clients land in San Jose, Costa Rica, and then travel over the border to this fantastic lodge.
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    2/25/2011: The Magic of India's Mahseer
    Ever thought of going to India? If you’re a fisherman this is your chance to catch the great Mahseer surrounded by the majestic backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains. We have a couple of spots left on this epic adventure. Fly into New Delhi, stay one night with a local Indian
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    10/28/2010: FishQuest! Spreading Our Travel Wings
    “BIG NEWS!!! We are excited to announce FishQuest! is branching out to do corporate travel as well as some of the best leisure travel in the world.

    Through the years many of you have come to count on FishQuest! as the place you call to set up a fishing trip, whether it is one we already offer or one you wish us to customize especially for you. Now we have decided to expand to include corporate and leisure travel as well. What this means for you die-hard FishQuest clients is that we can now also provide the same great service we have always offered for your fishing adventures to your family, leisure and corporate travel. It is one stop shopping for all your travel plans.
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    10/28/2010: River Plate Deal -
    Golden Dorado
    It has finally happened!
    River Plate proudly presents “Gold Fever” Dorado fishing at the Uruguay River Tail Waters, an experience you won’t want to miss. Over 22 bait casting and fly-fishing world records have been broken over the last four seasons. More than 200 fish over 40 lbs have been landed in the last three seasons!
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    10/28/2010: Join FishQuest’s
    Peak Season Alaska Week
    One of our primary Alaskan Lodges has given FishQuest! a prime season week for our clients to enjoy some of the best fishing Alaska has to offer. Jerry Pippen and family offer a complete package that you won’t soon forget and once you
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    10/28/2010: The Time To Book Is Now!
    Well, the fishing season is off and running and we’d like to remind you eager anglers out there to book early. The main reason being that Delta is no longer flying to Manaus out of Atlanta so TAM Airlines and Copa Airlines are essentially your only choices. What this means for our clients is that the flights
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    10/28/2010: Amazon Fly-Fishing
    with a Discount!
    Agua Boa - rated one of the top 10 fly-fishing lodges in the world by Forbes Life Magazine, 2010. And they are offering some deals - WOW!
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    10/28/2010: Africa, Africa, Africa
    If you have ever thought of going to Africa someday, then our “Lions Roar, Tigerfish Soar “ trip is the one you don’t want to pass up. It is the perfect trip to take your spouse along even if they don’t like fishing. There is so much to do and see on this luxurious adventure, both of you will enjoy.
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    10/28/2010: New Travel Advisories
    Update on Brazilian Visas
    Great news folks, remember how you always had to wait to apply for your visa and then rush to get everything together and hope you got your visa back in time? Well no more. The Brazilian government has just lifted the 90-day rule. So now
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    7/29/2010: Amazon Season Underway
    This past year’s Amazon fishing season has been a banner year for us at FishQuest! In case you haven’t heard us shouting from the rooftops; two FishQuest! clients, Bill Gassmann and George Walters broke the world records this year for two species of peacock bass!

    You might ask, after such a fantastic season how do we gear our clients and ourselves up for another season? Well, it isn’t difficult. We are just now beginning to celebrate George’s world record, which was made official last week. George, FishQuest! and River Plate are ecstatic about the news, although, George’s wife
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    7/29/2010: World Record Celebration
    Discount for River Plate
    In celebration of the world record peacock bass caught by George Walters back in February and which was official this week, we are offering a $200 complimentary tackle gift certificate for any client that books on River Plate Anglers through FishQuest! Bookings must be for the 2010/2011 season
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    7/29/2010: Uraima Falls is back!
    In 2008, Uraima Lodge was destroyed by fire and has since been completely rebuilt. It operated December 2009 – May 2010. Approximately 60 anglers fished an average of 8 payaras per day, the biggest weighing 29 pounds. Eighty aymaras were also landed, the largest was 31 pounds. Anglers came from as far away as Russia to test their skill against these fierce fighting fish.
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    7/29/2010: Goliath Group Almost Full!
    Our Goliath Tigerfish trip is soon around the corner with groups fishing August, September and October. There is still time to book and try your hand at tackling one of the most elusive, fighting fish on the planet.
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    3/31/2010: Amazon Season Review
    FishQuest! hit the jackpot this season with February bringing pending world record success to two of its anglers in the Brazilian Amazon. Bill Gassmann and George Walters potentially shattered two All-Tackle peacock bass world records with Gassmann’s 28-pound speckled peacock and Walter’s 16-pound butterfly.
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    3/31/2010: Peacocks on the Fly
    “Yes, it’s another double hook-up of these 5 lb. beauties!” This is the stuff dreams are made of – fly-fishing for peacock bass just off the Rio Negro in Brazil. Below is a report from Ed and Melinda’s January trip.

    “This year my husband and I made our first trip to Brazil in search of peacock bass on the fly. Thanks to FishQuest!,
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    3/31/2010: Double Whammy for FishQuest!
    At about 10:30 AM on February 09, on a Capt Peacock Expedition, Bill Gassmann of Des Moines, Iowa, fished a clown-colored Luhr Jensen Big Game Woodchopper Slim in a tributary of the Rio Negro. The lure landed atop a monster speckled peacock bass, which sucked it under with hardly a ripple.
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    3/31/2010: Only Four Spots Left for
    Gr-r-reat Goliath Tigerfish!
    Our guided Goliath Tigerfish Quest is well on its way. With several anglers already signed up, we have just four spots left! Long time FishQuest! angler Jason Bundy will be meeting the group in New York and will be leading the expedition. He says, “I am very excited about guiding such an awesome adventure for such an incredible species. This fish is definitely on my lifetime list of species to catch.”
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    3/31/2010: A Rainbow of Species
    Named as one of the “Top 25 Fishing Lodges in North American” by Field and Stream Magazine, Rainbow Bay Lodge offers a fantastic variety of fishing in the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska.

    In a week’s fishing it is not unusual to catch: silver, pink, chum and sockeye salmon, huge rainbow trout, monster Northern pike, halibut and much more!
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    3/31/2010: But Wait!
    Last Minute Deals
    from Crocodile Bay!
    Get ready for the ultimate sportfishing and adventure tour vacation on Costa Rica's south Pacific coast! Anglers at Crocodile Bay Lodge will delight in the diversity of offshore big game fishing and marvel at the selection of inshore fishing species to target, with Costa Rica's pristine beaches and jungle as the backdrop. Fishing and weather conditions are excellent and for the month of April, get a free fishing day!
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    3/31/2010: Silsby Lake Lodge
    for World-Class Pike!
    Our summer quest for world-class trophy pike and walleye fishing brings us some 450 miles north of Winnipeg to Silsby Lake Lodge. Location, forage, structure, habitat, catch and release and low fishing pressure make this 25-mile-long lake one of Canada's best pike fisheries.
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    3/31/2010: FishQuest Launches Loyalty Rewards Program
    FishQuest launches its exciting new “Loyalty Rewards Program” in appreciation to FishQuest! lifelong clients. Since FishQuest! trips cost the same booking through us as through other methods, clients will now benefit by booking all travel through one operator – FishQuest!

    Clients will receive one reward point for every dollar they spend with FishQuest! and QuesTackle! Reward points can be exchanged for tackle, discounted trips and free trips. At 40,000 points, clients will already qualify to earn a free trip in the United States. At 70,000 points, many more trips become available. At 100,000 points, clients hit the jackpot and can take almost any of our trips for free! And isn’t fishing way better when it is free?
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    10/29/2009: Amazon Update:
    Great Fishing to Start off the Season!
    As we start the new peacock bass season the all important water levels have been optimal for good fishing. As they continue to drop, we look forward to some very exciting fishing over the next couple of months. "The River Plate camps are in excellent shape" reported Alan Zaremba, "the service is very good and the food is better than I can remember - we even had some freshly caught wild hog one evening!"
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    10/29/2009: Limited to 12-Call Now!
    Australia: Bills, Barras
    and Boomerangs
    Come join us in 2010 for our Awesome Aussie Adventure. We'll start off cruising the Sydney Harbor, overlooking one of the worlds most famous performing arts venues, the Sydney Opera House. Then it's off to Ayer's Rock, known to the aboriginal people as Uluru. The world-renowned sandstone formation sits 450 kilometers by road from the nearest
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    10/29/2009: Mexico: A Match Made in
    “Fisherman’s” Heaven!
    Anglers Inn has entered into an exclusive agreement with Pueblo Bonito Resorts to provide additional sports-oriented vacation options for people who visit the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
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    10/29/2009: Multi Species Mecca
    How would you like to catch eight tarpon - including one at 160 lbs? That is what Kevin Latta and his group caught at Rio Indio last month. They also hooked rainbow bass, stingrays and tripletail. They “had a great time; food was excellent and hosts were great”.

    Be among the first privileged anglers to experience Nicaragua's amazing natural beauty and virgin sportfishing. Rio Indio Lodge is a jungle resort catering to anglers and eco-adventurers.
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    6/1/2009: Adventure Anglings Hottest
    New Deals & Destinations
    The Amazon regions waters are subsiding and hopes are rising that the 2009-2010 season will be blessed with many weeks of optimal fishing action for hungry peacock bass. And so, with reels oiled, hooks sharpened and fingers crossed, FishQuest News highlights new trips, special deals and prime-time fishing dates for the upcoming Amazon season along with other awesome exotic freshwater and saltwater destinations.
    6/1/2009: New Boat for
    "Obsessed" Anglers
    Die-hard anglers now have a Brazilian outfitter that takes trophy peacock bass fishing as seriously as they do. The new Amazon Obsession is operated by one of the country's top freshwater experts Ian Sulocki. "Our mission is to be relentless in the pursuit of trophy tucunare and other Amazon giants," says Sulocki,
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    6/1/2009: Tame Africa's
    Toothy Tiger
    TIGERFISH! If the name alone isn't enough to get your juices flowing, just take a look at its fearsome dental work! The predator's long razor-sharp teeth are perfectly designed for seizing, slicing and dicing any prey that comes its way.
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    6/1/2009: Galapagos:
    Where Darwin
    Meets Marlin
    If Charles Darwin had been an avid offshore angler, he might never have conceived his theory of evolution. Instead of studying seaweed eating iguanas, century old tortoises and comical blue-footed boobies, he could have been waging battle with one marlin species after another. The waters surrounding Ecuador's remote islands
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    6/1/2009: Papua New Guinea's
    Mighty Mega-Bass
    The Papuan Black Bass is arguably the world's strongest freshwater fish. A not-too-distant cousin of the salt water snapper, this powerful fish can grow to 50 pounds or more. A 30-pounder will humble ever the most experienced largemouthed or peacock anglers.
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    6/1/2009: Columbia Delivers
    Quantity & Quality
    Colombia's best peacock bass fisheries will be in full swing in early 2010. The Rio Bita and Rio Tomo offer unspoiled angling in two distinct fisheries. The Bita is a clearwater fishery boasting excellent sight-casting for large numbers of peacock bass. Fifty fish days are not unusual. Four varieties of pavon as well
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    6/1/2009: Captain Wheels
    Delta Deals
    Captain Peacock has teamed up with Delta Airlines and FishQuest to offer "FREE" airfare to Manaus during a few special weeks in the 2009-2010 season. The deal is available only through FishQuest and space limitations apply during selected dates. So call Judith at 1-888-891-3474 to discuss your reservation.
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    6/1/2009: The Best Fly Fishing
    Only River: Aqua Boa
    FishQuest has several spaces reserved for Brazil's best fly fishing only river, Aqua Boa. This tributary of the Rio Branca is located in Roraima state. Aqua Boa lodge offer five-star comfort in a pristine jungle setting. It's outpost houseboat allows even more remote fishing. FishQuest exclusive dates are Dec 11-20, Dec 26-Jan 3/4 and
    Jan 29-Feb 7. Other dates may be available upon request. For more information or to book contact Judith at 1-888-891-3474.
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    3/4/2009: Nat. Geo. Ranks FishQuest
    Among Top Tour Operators
    Last fall, FishQuest was invited by National Geographic Adventure to participate in a world-wide ranking of adventure tour operators. The extensive company background check included a lengthy application, interview process and photo request.

    Just prior to publication, however, the magazine’s editor-in-chief decided to exclude fishing tours as eco-adventure trips. (Hmm, just ask any of our clients if our Amazon or Africa expeditions are not adventurous!) In any case, the magazine’s online editor – himself an avid angler –
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    3/4/2009: Grand-Slam Fishing
    On Colombia’s Rio Bita
    Our late-January trip to the Rio Bita in Colombia was muy bueno! First off, we saw no signs on any security threats anywhere in the region we fished and we found Bogota to be a delightful city for our extra days in the country. It was a
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    3/4/2009: Mission Fishin Helps
    Honduran Islanders
    February’s “Mission Fishin” project brought 16 volunteers to the remote Caribbean islands known as Cayo Cochinos. Settled between Roatan and the Honduran mainland, the Garifuna people on these small sand keys have been virtually forgotten.
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    3/4/2009: Off-Beat Trips Target
    Exotic Fish Species
    While most anglers head to Manaus in search of peacock bass, the Amazon has dozens of other great sportfish species. Kim Hauger headed to the Rio Travessao area in Roraima State, and encountered giant traida, catfish, payara
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    3/4/2009: Amazon Wrap-Up
    & Season Preview
    After a great fall season in the southern Amazon, high water conditions prevailed throughout much of the northern Rio Negro and Rio Branco systems. While a few scattered weeks in some select areas offered good fishing, much of the jungle rivers remained “blown out” for most of the normal dry season.
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    3/4/2009: Congratulations
    on your Big Bass!
    Ron "Smitty" Smith finally breaks his own 13lb record after 55 years of trying. Fishing on a small private lake in Ocala National Forest, Smitty catches a 13lb 1oz bass.
    1/23/2009: So many fish
    So little time!
    Schedules set for exotic trips
    When FishQuest assumed the "Global Angling Adventures" moniker more than a decade ago, we had no idea we would soon be handling the world's largest portfolio of international fishing trips. Our trips now span more than two-dozen countries on six continents.

    Managing this ever-changing lineup is a constant challenge. While obsessive in our quest for new destinations, we must also occasionally cull trips that no longer make the grade. Add various other factors
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    1/23/2009: Big Fish in Small Lakes
    Thailand
    March 14-24
    Our new "Big Fish in Small Lakes" trip is ideal for couples or others wanting to mix fishing with tourism in this beautiful, friendly Asian country. Our Asian angling adventure offers terrific fishing,
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    1/23/2009: Monster Pike and
    Midnight Sun
    Silsby Lake Lodge, Manitoba, Canada
    June 22-27
    Our summer quest for world-class trophy pike and walleye fishing brings us some 450 miles north of Winnipeg to Silsby Lake Lodge. Location, forage, structure, habitat, catch and release and
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    1/23/2009: In Search of El Dorado
    Tsimane Lodge, Bolivia
    August
    Our newest exotic destination is Bolivia's Tsimane Lodge, an exclusive fly-fishing-only camp offering four hard-fighting sportfish species. Located in a national park and indigenous territory, where virgin Amazon jungle meets
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    1/23/2009: Powerhouse of Papua
    Baia Wilderness Lodge
    Papua New Guinea
    September 12-24
    Take a 30-pound smallmouth, multiply its power by three... and you'll have the New Guinea bass. Lurking in the jungle waters of Papua New Guinea, this amazing fish can strip gears on
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    1/23/2009: Lions Roar, Tigerfish Soar Southern Africa
    September 19-October 02
    Last year's Zambezi River trip got such rave reviews that we're offering an encore of our "Lions Roar, Tigerfish Soar" safari this fall. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the wonders of southern Africa, mark September 19-October 2 on your calendar right now!
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    1/23/2009: Himalayan Mahseer
    Ramaganga, India
    September 29-October 12
    Casting on some of the most pristine rivers in the shadows of the Himalayans, our northen India expedition targets one of the planet's hardest-fighting freshwater fish, the mighty mahseer. Our itinerary winds along the Western Ramganga
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    1/23/2009: Peacocks on the Fly
    Agua Boa Lodge, Brazil
    December
    What better gift for a peacock bass fly fisherman than a week at Brazil's incredible Agua Boa? This exclusive jungle reserve rates among the Amazon's best rivers for peacock bass fishing. The Agua Boa River is a small
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    1/23/2009: Awesome Aussie Adventure
    Northern Territory, Australia
    28 April - 13 May, 2010
    The scenic Northern Territory landscape of the recent epic film "Australia" serves as backdrop for our Awesome Aussie Adventure. Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge offers an astonishing sportfishing experience, with exclusive access to secluded rivers, coastal creeks and freshwater lagoons.
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    11/5/2008: Economic Cloud
    Has Silver Lining
    Well, it's been a wild ride these last few months! Gas prices up and down. Stock market down and up. Politicians all over the place. Right about now, a fishing trip sounds pretty darn good. Turn off the news; turn on the bass, trout, bonefish, marlin or any other of the finned species.

    It would be nice to say that the latest economic upheaval left the fishing travel industry unscathed. Truth is, that many outfitters are hungry for business right now. Within our extensive trip portfolio have found many of our international operators offering special incentives
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    11/5/2008: Meet Frank Jones,
    FishQuest's New
    "DreamMaker"
    Frank Jones has joined FishQuest to help coordinate and refine your angling experience. Originally from Wales, Frank has fished all over the world before
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    11/5/2008: Africa Tigerfish Trip
    Is Roaring Success
    October’s trip to the Zambezi River in southern Africa got rave reviews and lived up to its "Lions Roar, Tigerfish Soar" name in the most literal sense. After crossing the Atlantic to Johannesburg, South Africa, we
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    11/5/2008: Amazon Action
    Begins Anew
    After a few starts and sputters, our Amazon season is leaning toward a “normal” year. Our fall peacock bass trips have fared well in the southern Amazon and current predictions are for
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    11/5/2008: Thailand Lakes Tour
    Offers Fishing and More!
    We've added a new trip in Thailand, that's aimed specifically at couples or others who want to mix fishing with tourism in this beautiful Asian country. Our "Big Fish in Small Lakes" trip visits
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    11/5/2008: Panama Sportfishing
    Reaches New Heights
    Panama Sportfishing Lodge has just completed its new fly-fishing center and has hired three local captains with fly-fishing experience. The lodge has also added a great new fly-fishing option,
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    7/23/2008: Deals and Steals For Your Fishing Fix!
    Rising fuel prices, a falling dollar and media fretting over presidential politics has led to foot-dragging by some anglers in setting up their annual fishing trips. Fortunately, there are several bright sides to this scenario. Fewer crowds in airports and favorite fishing spots are making many of our angling adventures more enjoyable for those who simply refuse to stay home.

    FishQuest offers several affordable packages starting around $1,000. Our Alligator Gar Trek offers the chance to battle a bona fide “megafish” for just $1195.
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    7/23/2008: Staggering Premiere
    For Peacock Season!
    Brazil’s peacock bass season got off to a rip-roaring start last month, with Alan Zaremba’s July group pulling more than 1,700 feisty fish out of the Marmelos River. The action was fast and furious at the River Plate Anglers fly-in floating camp. Several fish ran well into the teens, which is excellent for this clearwater fishery.
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    2008-2009 Amazon Trips
    7/23/2008: Far-Flung Fishing
    Forays for 2009
    Some people travel to fish, others fish to travel. Whichever way you lean, FishQuest offers the world’s most exotic fishing travel adventures. Here’s a preview of our upcoming journeys to the far corners of the planet.

    Egypt: Nile Perch. Just two spots remain on our first FishQuest trip for these monster perch of Lake Nasser. November 10-19 2008. Other dates arranged may be on request. Only $2395 plus airfare to Aswan.
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    7/23/2008: Book Prime Slots Now
    For Pike, Dorado
    Manitoba’s Silsby Lake Lodge has already recorded its best season yet with more than 400 “Master Angler” trophy pike (at least 41 inches long) recorded during June and July alone, and all August yet left to fish. FishQuest has secured some prime weeks for next season, including six coveted spots for the season opener May 24-June 04, and a special 4-day trip June 22-27.
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    7/23/2008: Mango Creek Lodge Offers
    Light-Tackle Seclusion
    Long famed for its world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, Honduras’ Roatan Island is also a fantastic light-tackle fishery. In addition to abundant bonefish, there a plenty of permit and tarpon as well. In fact, Roatan also ranks among the top ten spots in the world for permit.
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    7/23/2008: Panama Gets
    New 5-Star Lodge
    Panama’s newest Pacific sportfishing lodge is located about 5 miles south of the town of Puerto Armuelles. World renowed Isla Montuosa, Isla Ladrones and the 1000 fathom drop are all a short run away.

    Giant yellow-fin tuna, black & blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado, Pargo (red snapper) and roosterfish are all frequent visitors to these waters. The lodge’s fishing arsenal includes Deep-sport 35', Black-fin 33’ and Shallow Sports 27’ boats.
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    7/23/2008: Tremendous Tarpon
    Off Mexican Island
    Mexico’s Isla Holbox is an undiscovered gem of an island and a world-class tarpon fishery. Recently identified as an ecological zone and blessed with incredibly white sand beaches, this island paradise is as nearby Cancun was 40 years ago - beautiful, quiet and undiscovered.

    FishQuest client Bob and Janet Milne returned from a June trip, ecstatic about the experience. “We jumped lots of big tarpon every day,” says Bob.
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    4/30/2008: Ultimate Amazon Adventure
    Targets Brazilian Mega-Fish
    National Geographic’s “Monster Fish of the Amazon,” earned the network’s highest ratings for the weekend of
    April 5-6. And judging from the calls we’ve received, there’s a lot of interest in pursuing the predacious pirarucu.

    FishQuest organized travel logistics and guided the Megafish expert Zeb Hogan and the film crew at Mexiana Island near the mouth of the Amazon (see the video clip link below).
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    4/30/2008: Extreme Makeover,
    Amazon Edition
    Captain Peacock is taking its motto, “First Class Amazon Bass” to a whole new level next season. Expanded capacity and some impressive bells and whistles will make great this operation even better.
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    4/30/2008: Pasimoni Swan Song?
    We have just been advised that Pasimoni River Lodge, South America’s longest continually running trophy peacock fishing operation, has been closed until further notice. The Venezuelan government reportedly
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    4/30/2008: Peacock Exploratories
    For Hardy Souls
    If you’d looking to test new waters for peacock bass, we’ll be running several exploratory-level trips in Brazil and Colombia. We’re not going in completely blind however; all of the rivers have already proved to hold trophy-class peacocks.
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    4/30/2008: Upcoming Exotic Trips
    Our “Lion’s Roar, Tigerfish Soar” safari to southern Africa’s is now full up, and we’re looking forward to a great time in October. If you’d think you’d like to fish the Zambezi River with us next year, please let Judith know, as we’re currently blocking fall 2009 space for our FishQuest groups. Remember, the first
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    4/30/2008: Summer Specials,
    North and South
    A falling dollar and rising fuel costs have begun to force most fishing operator to raise their rates. Here are a few bright spots in the way of seasonal and last-minute discounts:
    Waterfall Resort, Alaska: Kick off your summer with fresh king salmon and halibut to take home and receive a $1200 discount off regular rates at Waterfall's Jackpot Challenge May 28-31 2008. Sixteen boats are already entered, and only five boats (4 anglers per boat) are still available! Call for more information and to confirm your boat.
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    4/30/2008: Sneak Peak:
    Mango Creek Lodge
    If you’ve been looking for that special place to have a great time fishing, while taking along that non-angler in your life, Mango Creek Lodge may be just the place!
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    4/30/2008: Barra-dise Found!
    (Editor’s Note: Our Kiwi friend, Sam Mossman, has spent decades fishing Down Under. Sam recently let us in on his favorite Australian fishing spot).

    Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge is located 186 miles northeast of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory,
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    4/30/2008: Quest for El Dorado
    La Zona vs. Los Gringos
    A few years ago, FishQuest News introduced its readers to the spectacular dorado fishing at Argentina’s La Zona Lodge. Anglers returned with stories and pictures of dorado weighing 30, 40 and even over 50 pounds!
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    1/9/2008: Just Add Agua:
    Mexican Bass Lake
    Back in Business
    Mexico’s Lake Mateos has made an amazing comeback as a bass fishing paradise. Nestled in the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains of Sinaloa State, the 55,000 acre reservoir has rebounded from a 9-year drought of both water and largemouth bass.

    In November, FishQuest anglers Jim Hancock and Don Sheenhan joined Scott Swanson to checkout the lake and the newly opened Angler’s Inn Lodge. They found that hundred-fish days were not only achievable but that many of the feisty largemouth could be hooked on topwater.
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    1/9/2008: Amazon: Update
    Rains Briefly Derail
    Peacock Programs
    This year’s Amazon season started to unfold as a normal year, with our early fall trips producing good numbers of trophy fish in the southern Amazon. The Rio Negro was behaving herself as well, until a late December hiccup of unseasonable rains blew out many of our fisheries for a couple of weeks.
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    1/9/2008: Couples Devouring
    Africa Safari Slots
    Just 18 spaces remain for our Lion’s Roar, Tigerfish Soar trip to southern Africa. The two-week trip combines top safari lodges on the lower Zambezi River, with 5-star luxury at the Palace of the Lost City resort and Victoria Falls. This trip is designed for both anglers and non-anglers alike, with world-class
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    1/9/2008: River of Records
    Produces Again
    And Again
    Venezuela’s Pasimoni River Lodge achieved back-to-back world records in December. Fishing the remote Emoni tributary, FishQuest’s own Scott Swanson shattered the all-tackle record for the Blackstriped or Royal Peacock.
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    1/9/2008: Artist Deals Up
    Full House of
    Amazon Gamefish
    So what do peacock bass, payara and other exotic Amazon species do during the off-season? Well, mostly they just sit around and play cards, as evidenced in artist’s Rob Chapman’s new Amazon Fish Poker painting.
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    1/9/2008: Reader Report Panama
    By Mike Love
    After my broad experiences in Central and South America, Panama ranks among the best for variety of fish. This was my third trip to the Panama Big Game Fishing Club, and sixth overall to the country. Club owners Bill Beck, and Lee Campbell are both ex-charter boat captains, and this is reflected in their operation of the club.
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    1/9/2008: Paradise Found:
    New Brazil Fishery
    To Open Next Fall
    In December FishQuest and River Plate Anglers teamed up to explore a virgin fishing area in the western Amazon. While reputedly sporting peacocks up to 15 pounds, the real attractions is an abundance of pirarucu, the largest fish in the Amazon.
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    1/9/2008: A Lake You’ll Like
    For Monster Pike
    Outdoor TV host Trevor Gowdy experienced incredible pike fishing last summer in northern Manitoba’s Silsby Lake. In a Quest for the One show airing Feb. 10 on the Versus Channel, Gowdy witnesses how single-barbless hook conservation practices have made Silsby a trophy pike hunter’s dream.
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    1/9/2008: Oo la la for Jean Francois!
    Last but not least, FishQuest’s Thailand fishing guide, Jean Francois Helias, has been named IGFA Angler of the Year. Fishing from a newly discovered “Predator Lake,” and other location around Southeast Asia, Helias achieved his 50th personal world record in November 2007. In addition, to his own personal success, Helias and his guide team has assisted clients in achieving an additional 100 plus records. Helias will receive his award in April at a special IGFA ceremony in Florida. Congratulations, Jean Francois.
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    1/9/2008: Magazine Entices
    Global Anglers
    Worldwide Angler is offering FishQuest clients a free one-year subscription of this exciting new quarterly fishing magazine. To get your name on the list, just send your name and address to fishquest@aol.com and put “free magazine” in the subject field. This offer expires March 1, so don’t delay act today.
    9/14/2007: Feisty Pirarucu Stars
    In Geographic Fish Show
    After years of watching National Geographic programs on television, we recently got the chance to appear in a show featuring the world’s largest freshwater fish. As part of our alliance with the Megafish Project, FishQuest made arrangements for biologist Zeb Hogan and the NGS-TV production crew to film in the Amazon region of Brazil last July.

    While the largest of the Amazon catfish proved elusive to the crew, a brief visit to Mexiana Island resulted in several pirarucu being captured by sportfishing as well as indigenous methods.
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    9/14/2007: Amazon Update
    El Nino Pattern in Play
    For Early Peacock Season
    The fall peacock bass season has begun with a faster-than-normal drawdown of waters in the southern Amazon. This is typical during years in which the El Nino climate pattern is dominant in the western Hemisphere.

    The trend appears to bode well for peacock bass anglers. At present
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    9/14/2007: New Africa Brochure
    Features Trip for Two
    Our new “Lion’s Roar, Tigerfish Soar” brochure heads back from the printer this month. The eight-page color brochure features our 13-day fishing and game-viewing adventure to southern Africa, with stays at the Palace of the Lost City, the Zambezi River and awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

    This is a great trip for couples. While anglers target the legendary tigerfish, non-anglers can enjoy some of southern Africa’s best game-viewing in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
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    9/14/2007: New Trips, Special Deals
    Mark Travel Calendar
    While October typically marks the start of our busy Amazon season in South America, our calendar has a number of other interesting travel opportunities coming up.

    Mexico’s new lodge at Lake Mateos is offering a $250 on-site rebate on largemouth bass fishing trips booked for this coming November and December. The promotion also includes:
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    9/14/2007: Crocodile Bay Gears Up
    For Dorado, Marlin
    After closing for October’s annual maintenance program, Crocodile Bay Lodge will reopen November 1 for the start of the dorado run. Big numbers of marlin are also expected because dorado are one of their favorite foods.
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    7/20/2007: Lions Roar,
    Tigerfish Soar
    On Africa Trip
    The Zambezi River. Palace of the Lost City. Victoria Falls. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the wonders of southern Africa, mark October 2008 on your calendar right now. Our 14-day fishing and game-viewing adventure begins October 4-17, 2008, with our flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. After a recovery day at the five-star Michelangelo Hotel, we’ll enjoy two days at the amazing Sun City resort. We’ll stay at the Palace of the Lost City, one of the world’s most fascinating hotels. While getting over jet lag, you can play golf, hit the casinos, see a show, go on safari at nearby Pilanesburg National Park, or simply relax at poolside.
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    7/20/2007: Favorable Forecast
    For Amazon Season
    Despite all the buzz about global warming, El Nino and the like, the peacock bass fishing season seems to be shaping up as a “normal” year. If the trend continues, essentially the dry season will be relatively dry and the wet season - well, you got it. Of course the operative word is “relatively” and the cliché is “they don’t call it the rainforest for nothing.” Keep your fingers crossed.
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    7/20/2007: June Just Around Corner
    For Pursuers of Pike
    OK, summer’s not even over yet, so why are we already previewing next year’s trips to Canada’s Silsby Lake Lodge? Well, experienced northern pike fishermen know that June is the best month for aggressive feeding action, with good numbers of trophy pike over 41
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    7/20/2007: Brace Yourself for
    The End of the World!
    One of the most revered trout fishing destinations on earth is the Tierra del Fuego region in southernmost Argentina. This desolate area harbors some of the largest sea-run browns on the planet, making it a fly fisherman’s paradise. Our newest trip offers you the chance to be among the first to fish the beautiful Irigoyen and Malengüena Rivers.
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    7/20/2007: Megafish Update
    Small Thai Lake
    Yields Monster Fish
    National Geographic Television aired a great fishing show this month featuring the “Megafish” Mekong catfish of southeast Asia. These behemoths can grow to more than 400 pounds! Part of the show was actually filmed at
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    7/20/2007: Billfish Super Slam
    Set for October
    The prestigious all-release International Super Slam billfish tournament is set for La Guaira, Venezuela, from October 4-8, 2007. Last year, 336 billfish were released -- including 21 Grand Slams -- aboard a fleet of 25 boats. For registration visit our website www.intlbillfishtourns.com or
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    7/20/2007: Recommended Reading:
    So Many Fish, So Little Time
    Researching this book must have been a labor of love for author Mark D. Williams. Inspired and not to be outdone by the best-selling "1000 Places to See Before You Die" travel guide, Williams’ 860-page tome features 1,001 of the planet’s best fishing holes.
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    5/24/2007: FishQuest Gets
    Brand New Digs
    Spring-cleaning took on a whole new meaning for FishQuest and QuesTackle this year. We’ve moved out of our old office into our brand new digs here in Hiawassee.

    Why the move after four years? We just needed more room as both companies continue to grow. We’d become pretty creative in stacking boxes to the ceilings and under the tables. But clutter can affect efficiency, so when we had to start storing stuff in my garage, that’s when we knew it was time to look for a bigger space.
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    5/24/2007: Thai Guys Find
    New Honey Hole
    Already one of our top destinations for multi-species fishing, Thailand just a whole lot better with our discovery of a new small lake stocked with a variety of native and exotic predator fish.

    According to our local guides, this lake is teeming with Arapaima (Pirarucu) over 300 pounds, and Amazonian Red Tail Catfish over 100 pounds. In addition,
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    5/24/2007: Captain Peacock
    Goes Exploring
    Captain Peacock will be making an exploratory expedition in the southern Amazon in September 13-22. The trip has been specially priced to $3450 for anglers wanting to help explore a new fishing area.
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    5/24/2007: Roosterfish Contest
    Worth Crowing About
    Crocodile Bay Lodge, Costa Rica, has announced a special summer long tournament open to any guest, whether full anglers or eco-adventurers on their introductory fishing day. The guest who catches the heaviest roosterfish between June 01 and September 30 wins:
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    5/24/2007: Mexico Bass Lake
    Gets New Life
    It’s big, beautiful and brim full of bass! Western Mexico’s Lake Mateos is set to reopen in November with 55,000 acres of Florida-strain largemouth topping 10-pounds or more.
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    5/24/2007: Amazon Indians
    Get House Call
    In late March, the “Mission Fishin” project brought dental and vision care to hundreds of people in seven Amazonian Indian villages near the remote border of Brazil and Venezuela.

    The volunteer dental team extracted 178 bad teeth, and gave toothbrushes and brushing instructions to everyone who still had teeth left to brush.
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    5/24/2007: Megafish Update:
    Stellar Sturgeon
    In British Columbia
    British Columbia’s mighty Fraser River is home to the world’s largest freshwater fish: the White Sturgeon. This power of this magnificent beast is truly amazing.

    Imagine the excitement as a 6-8 foot long Sturgeon weighing hundreds of pounds explodes from the water. Or, the thrill of hearing the prolonged scream as
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    5/24/2007: Two New Boats Grace
    Venezuela Billfish Fleet
    We’ve just added two great boats to our billfishing fleet in Venezuela’s La Guaira Bank. The Marina III is a 37’ foot Phoenix, fully loaded with state-of-the art tackle and navigational equipment. For larger parties,
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    4/1/2007: Pasimoni Peacocks
    Enjoy Baitfish Buffet
    At Venezuela’s famed Pasimoni and Pasiba Rivers, only fish over 10 pounds are logged, and even the least bit of weight-fudging is seriously frowned upon. This season we were pleasantly stunned to note that just six weeks into the season, the camp had logged an incredible 63 peacocks weighing 20 pounds or more.

    Optimal fishing conditions certainly contributed, as no doubt did our anglers’ and guides’ skills. However, my own theory is that the spike in 20-pounders had more to do with another factor altogether: bait!
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    4/1/2007: Thailand Trip Nets
    Two World Records
    Last month’s trip to Thailand gave Bill Donnell the thrill of a lifetime, as he landed a 38.9 pound striped catfish to set a pending IGFA all-tackle record.

    The March 12 catch at Bung Sam Lan Lake outside of Bangkok barely bested the previous record set two years ago by another FishQuest angler, Len Kouba.

    Having already hauled in several larger Mekong catfish that morning, the still jet-lagged Donnell was caught unawares by his guide’s excitement over the big striper. “I didn’t even realize it was a different species,” he said.
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    4/1/2007: Record Redtail
    There’s good news/bad news on Scott Swanson’s 104-pound redtail catfish (pirarara) caught on the Kabalebo River in Suriname last November. The IGFA did indeed certify the catch as a line class record for 80-pound test line. However as one of the two scales was off by 1-1/2 pounds in the calibration test, that scale was deemed not certifiable.
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    4/1/2007: Pining for Pike?
    Here's a Real Deal
    Early season weeks at our trophy pike lodges in Canada are virtually sold out already. However, we've just gotten our hooks into a great three-day fishing trip at Silsby Lake Lodge in Manitoba.

    This lake is blessed with an abundance of big northern pike as well as plenty of walleye for delicious shore lunch.
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    4/1/2007: Camera Craziness
    I would like to appeal to all anglers to help reduce “out-of-water” time for trophy peacocks. While landing a big tucunare is certainly a Kodak moment, every minute a fish spends out of water significantly reduces its survival rate. Recently one angler landed a 26-pound peacock, a personal best by a long shot.
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    2/10/2007: Pasimoni Packs
    Powerful Punch
    Politics aside, Venezuela’s Pasimoni and Pasiba Rivers continue to produce staggering numbers of trophy peacock bass.

    While most Amazon operations dutifully tally each and every fish, the Casiquiare watershed camps log only trophy peacocks weighing over 10 pounds. Moreover, the Pasimoni honor code means anglers and guides vow to faithfully adhere to honest weighings -- unlike the prolific fudging throughout much of Brazil.

    That said, the stars aligned for our New Years trip,
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    2/10/2007: Noted Author
    Hooks a Keeper
    On January 14, QuesTackle manager Miss Judith Hewitt officially became Mrs. Wayne Weible.

    The wedding brought a dozen of Judith’s relatives all the way from jolly old England to Hiawassee, Georgia. After a formal Catholic church wedding, the party kicked up their heels at Shiloh Stables’ Bunkhouse in nearby North Carolina.
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    2/10/2007: Fishing -
    Record-Class Style
    Fishing a lure he’d borrowed from boat-mate Dale Fischer a few minutes earlier, Illinois angler Bill Keeley landed a 55-pound golden dorado at Argentina’s famed La Zona fishery.

    Meanwhile, long-time FishQuest client, Brent Morgenstern, scored a record-breaking catfish on the Urariquera River, Brazil. It was a whopping 137 lb Jau!
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    2/10/2007: Summer Trips
    Filling Up Fast
    Summer is the time for fishing the great north -- Alaska, Canada and now even Russia. And even though we’re still in the dead of winter, we’re seeing prime spaces starting to go for the best salmon, pike and trout locations. Some lodges are already fully booked for the season, while most others have seen a spike in reservations since around Thanksgiving.
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    2/10/2007: Calendar Set for
    2007-08 Amazon Season
    Excellent fishing conditions in the Amazon this year have left many anglers eager to rebook for next year. The bullish attitude comes in stark contrast to the past couple of years, where “raincheck rescheduling” seemed to rule the day.
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    1/1/2007: Happy New Year
    From FishQuest!
    Hopefully one of your New Year’s resolutions will be to do more fishing in 2007.

    We’re excited about our newest destinations - from world-class bonefishing in the Bahamas and Seychelles to monster sturgeon in British Columbia. We’ve also lined up exciting exploratories to Russia’s Kamchatka Penisula and some untapped areas of the Amazon.

    In 2006 we made a lot of new friends who share our passion for fishing. For 2007, our staff here resolves to work even harder to keep your business and to make FishQuest and QuesTackle your one-stop-shop for fishing travel.

    Happy New Year from all of us!
    1/1/2007: Fishing Show has Teeth
    Outdoor Life Network’s top-rated fishing show “Quest for the One” begins its new season January 5 with host Trevor Gowdy fishing monster payara in Venezuela. If you’ve always wonder what the fanged “Dracula fish” fights like, you won’t want to miss this incredible show shot at Uraima Falls.

    “Quest for the One” airs Thursday and Friday evenings at 9:30pm. Eastern Time and Sunday morning at 11:00am.
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    1/1/2007: MegaFish Expeditions
    Getting Up Steam
    Last month we briefly mentioned FishQuest’s new alliance with National Geographic’s MegaFishes Project, which focuses on research and conservation of the world’s largest freshwater species.

    Working with biologist Zeb Hogan, we have now outlined our initial list of destinations for the research expeditions for MegaFishes around the world.
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    1/1/2007: Two Spots Left
    For Thailand Trip
    This year’s exotic fishing trip heads to Thailand for two of Asia’s fightingest fish, the Mekong Catfish and the Giant Snakehead. The 10-day trip is guaranteed to be unlike any other fishing trip you’ve ever experienced. We’ll start fishing Bung Sam Lan Lake near Bangkok. After battling a dozen or so Mekong catfish, you’ll be more than ready for a traditional Thai Massage.
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    1/1/2007: Amazon Round-Up
    C'mon In, The Water’s Fine!
    Worries about a repeat of last year’s soggy dry season have subsided, and FishQuest groups are experiencing excellent conditions in a variety of Amazon fisheries.

    Fishing with River Plate Anglers on Brazil’s Rio Tapera in mid-December, Neal Brown and his cadre of fly-fishermen were getting good numbers and some trophy action as well.
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    1/1/2007: Trophy Pike Lodge Offers
    Quick Summer Getaways
    Let’s face it, summer is a busy time of year. Family get-togethers, weddings, company picnics and a full jar of honey-do’s can cut into valuable fishing time. In the interest of keeping priorities in line, this year FishQuest is offering a limited number of quick getaways to Canada.
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    1/1/2007: Milton Lake Mixes
    Lunkers with Luxury
    Fishing Canada doesn’t necessarily mean roughing it these days. Milton Lake Lodge in northern Saskatchewan has great fishing for northern pike, lake trout and arctic grayling. The shore lunches are a good as any you’ll find in the great North. But it’s back at the lodge where you’ll see the real difference. Single rooms with no surcharge, satellite TV, a gourmet chef, massage therapist and even a Jacuzzi on the front deck.
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    1/1/2007: La Guaira Shootout
    Set for March
    The “lucky 13th” edition of Venezuela’s prestigious all-release La Guaira Shootout is set for March 21-26 in Venezuela.

    In 2007, the Shootout will become the first leg of the new Caribbean tournament series, The Spanish Main, followed by Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, USVI, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Boquerón, Puerto Rico.
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    12/1/2006: Megafish Mission
    FishQuest has teamed up with MegaFishes, a project supported by the National Geographic Society, to help conserve the world’s largest freshwater fish species.

    Headed up by biologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Zeb Hogan, the Megafish Project aims to study and help preserve freshwater giants reaching over six feet in length or 200 pounds in weight. Megafish species include:
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    12/1/2006: Surprising Suriname!
    Our exploratory trip to Suriname was already drawing interest early in the planning stages. Most people we mentioned the trip to didn’t even know where to locate Suriname on the map!

    Nestled between the Guyanas in northern South America, the tiny former Dutch colony offers a rare new fishing adventure on the pristine Kabalebo River. Target species include the giant traida (aka aymara or wolf fish), giant redtail catfish and surubim catfish.

    While unseasonal rains right before our arrival made river conditions difficult for fishing artificial lure or flies, our exploratory group did find
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    12/1/2006: His and Hers Travel
    Still looking for that perfect gift for your spouse or family member? Our two British Columbia summer trips are perfect for fishing couples or for anglers traveling with non-anglers.

    King Pacific Lodge is a beautiful five-star facility catering to just 30 people. Saltwater and freshwater opportunities include:
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    12/1/2006: Learning Can Be
    Soooo Fun!
    FishQuest’s physician, dentist and attorney clients now have a convenient opportunity to mix a little business with their Costa Rica pleasure. American Educational Institute offers accredited Continuing Education classes for physicians, dentists and attorneys weekly at Crocodile Bay Resort. The program complies fully with
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    12/1/2006: Summer Travel
    Heating Up
    Advance booking for our summer trips to Alaska and Canada are well ahead of pace from the previous few years. We’re already finding space very limited or sold out altogether at several of our top salmon, trout and pike lodges.

  • For the northern “grand slam” of trophy lake trout, northern pike, walleye and arctic grayling, FishQuest has three prime summer slots still available at Wollaston Lake Lodge
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    12/1/2006: Witch of November
    After an amazing amount of trophy peacock bass landed in October and early November, the season’s first weather blip occurred in late November with some “dry-season” rains that raised water levels in the Rio Negro system. The phenomenon is not unusual. While a couple of FishQuest parties have elected to
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    12/1/2006: New Carry-on Rules
    The TSA has recently made a number of changes regarding the size and contents of carry-on bags still allowed on flights. You can still bring a carry-on bag (9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches) plus one personal item such as a purse or a laptop on flights within the United States. Most types of snacks, laptops, cameras and electronic gear are allowed with the exception of large amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols, such as shampoo, hair spray and toothpaste.
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    11/1/2006: Amazon Update: Big Catches and a Big Cat!
    FishQuest’s Amazon peacock bass season is in full session, with cooperative water levels producing great catches in terms of both quantity and quality. We approached a couple of returning anglers from our fall fishing parties on Capt. Peacock and the River Plate Angler’s floating cabins to see how their trips went.

    Bill Scarborough chose the Capt. Peacock yacht for his fishing trip this year and gave it a big thumbs up:
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    11/1/2006: A Gem of an Idea!
    In addition to feisty peacock bass, Brazil produces some of the world’s finest gems. No other land has been blessed with such a variety of top-grade gemstones. Diamonds, emeralds, topaz and other precious stones make valued gifts for those you left back home while you were away fishing.

    With most of our Brazil fishing trips winding down in Manaus’ Hotel Tropical, we’ve arranged for FishQuest clients to
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    11/1/2006: Leaping Lizards!
    Over the years, we’ve heard some pretty wild fish stories, some of which involved catching a variety of non-piscine species.

    From kingfishers to caimans, pelicans to poodles. Even Alaskan sea lions and African hippos have managed to get hooked -- although certainly never landed on rod and reel. And of course, just about every honest angler will confess to hooking up with the so-called
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    11/1/2006: Manitoba’s Main Event
    If you’re thinking about taking a great fishing trip this summer, we’ve reserved two prime sessions in northern Manitoba at Canada’s premier catch-and-release fishery.

    For trophy-class northern pike, our trip to Silsby Lake Lodge is as close to
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    11/1/2006: Kamchatka:
    The Call of the Wild
    For exploratory trip junkies, our journey to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia is scheduled for July 14-22, 2007. This weeklong float trip on the Osediaya River, features water rife with big, big rainbow trout, arctic char and salmon.

    If you can imagine Alaska 75 years ago, you’re just starting to get warm with what to expect in Kamchatka. A fully
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    11/1/2006: Sailfish Season Heats Up
    Costa Rica’s Crocodile Bay Lodge and Guatemala’s Sailfish Bay Lodge are two of the world’s greatest saltwater fishing locations, with an unmatched combination of action, relatively calm seas and great shoreside services.

    Located on the Osa Peninsula adjacent to one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, Crocodile Bay Lodge features 20 air-conditioned rooms with queen-size beds and private verandahs. Amenities include:
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    11/1/2006: Sniper Wins Super Slam
    The team fishing aboard 56’ Sniper staged a dramatic come-from-behind victory at the 2006 International Super Slam Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Venezuela. On the final day, the team, with Capt. Mike Merritt, released two grand slams, propelling them from ninth to first place.

    “We actually started our move to the top by hooking a blue just before
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    11/1/2006: Extreme Makeover:
    Fish Edition
    Continuing our website makeover, we’ve just re-launched two great special-interest websites. Peacock-Bass.com, already the world’s top-ranked peacock bass website has undergone a number of improvements including better navigation and update IGFA world records. On a similar note,
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    11/1/2006: Passport Rules Change
    On January 8, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport.

    Previously certain countries, including Canada and Mexico allowed U.S. citizens to enter with birth certificates with photo IDs for entry. The new rules are part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).

    We recommend that anglers planning fishing trips to Canada, Mexico and other destinations apply for a passport as soon as possible to avoid delay from the anticipated backlog of requests.

    Frequently Asked Questions about the New Travel Document Requirements (FAQs)
    9/29/2006: Time Flies When We’re Having Fun!
    This month marks the 20th anniversary of our founding company, Lost World Adventures, and the 10th anniversary of FishQuest’s spin-off as a dedicated fishing travel company.It has been a great ride so far! Starting with an idea to launch South America as an adventure travel destination, we’ve evolved into a worldwide fishing travel company, with dozens of top-notch locations far and wide. FishQuest now boasts the world’s largest active fishing trip portfolio, reaching into every continent except Antarctica. (We tried in December 1999 but that’s another story!)
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    9/29/2006: Reds of the Blue Bayou
    Louisiana’s fishery was first put on our radar several years ago by longtime client Dr. Bob Weiss. A native of the area, Bob boasted of world-class redfish, seatrout and dozens of other species inhabiting the Gulf coast. We actually had airline tickets in hand for our first trip in September 2005. Then Hurricane Katrina came along and, needless to say, that trip never materialized.
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    9/29/2006: Amazon Season:
    So Far, So Goooood
    After last year’s topsy-turvy weather conditions, we weren’t sure what to expect as our Amazon season began. After rescheduling many “raincheck” anglers from last year and adjusting our trip logistics to new airline schedules, we eagerly awaited the first fall fishing reports. In August, our season-opener group fished the Marmellos River in the southern Amazon. Five first-time Amazon anglers managed to land more than 1,000 fish on fly and baitcasting tackle.
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    9/29/2006: Mission Fishin’ 2007
    Over the years, a special relationship has formed between FishQuest anglers and the indigenous people of Venezuela’s southern Amazonas region. Seven villages along the Casiquiare waterway have provided skilled local peacock bass fishing guides and camp staff for our Pasimoni and Pasiba River Lodges.
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    9/29/2006: Thai Yourself Up
    for this Trip
    Sawadee! Join Scott Swanson and Jean Francois Helias in Thailand March 9-19 for world-class fishing in Asia’s exotic angling paradise. Arriving in Bangkok, we’ll work out the jet lag kinks battling monster Mekong catfish. Then we’ll head to the wilds of Srinakarin Lake to stalk the voracious giant snakehead.
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    9/29/2006: Plans Forth for
    Trips North
    It seems summer just ended, and the leaves are turning color. So why, in October, are we touting our Canada and Alaska trips? Well, so many clients have rebooked for next season already that we’ve had to go out and pre-reserve some key dates at our favorite lodges up north. We’ve grabbed prime slots for trophy pike and walleye at Silsby Lake Lodge in northern Manitoba, and for king salmon and halibut at Waterfall Resort in southeastern Alaska.
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    9/29/2006: Fishin' for Just the
    Right Opportunity?
    FishQuest and QuesTackle are gearing up for more growth in 2007. We’re currently fishing for a quality individual to join our staff with experience in inside travel consulting and reservations support.
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    8/1/2006: FishQuest News Goes Electronic!
    Welcome to our very first edition of FishQuest News Online. Having replaced our printed newsletter with this email/website version allows us to keep you better updated about what’s going on in our world of fishing travel. You can expect timelier news, color photos and soon even movies!
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    8/1/2006: More Records for FishQuest Clients!
    Marty Arostegui is getting ever closer to his goal of having more than 100 world records on the fly. Last summer, Marty scooped up a handful of records for long-nosed and alligator gar in Texas. This summer, he took his family to Thailand and Malaysia, where he achieved the first recorded Mekong catfish on the fly, as well as several other records in snakehead territory.
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    8/1/2006: Capt. Peacock Offers
    Free Air, Shorter Trips
    For a limited time, Capt. Peacock Expeditions is offering free air to Manaus on Copa Airlines from gateway cities of Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Just pay the regular $3950 trip price, and we’ll arrange your flights ($150 airport taxes not included). Certain restrictions apply.
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    8/1/2006: La Zona Dorado
    Dates Secured
    FishQuest has secured some prime dates at the exclusive La Zona golden dorado fishery in Argentina. This new hot spot is producing record-class trophy dorado on regular basis. Our weeklong Golden Dorado trip offers 4-days of guided fishing at La Zona, round-trip charter flights from Buenos Aires, and five nights lodging with meals and wine. Alternatively, our “Executive Cast and Blast” combines two days dorado fishing with two days wingshooting. Both trips are a priced at $3950 per person, plus airfare to Buenos Aires.
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    8/1/2006: Oh Canada! New Lodges For Pike, lake Trout, Walleye
    Last June’s exploratory trip to northern Manitoba paid off with incredible trophy-pike fishing. So we’ve already set aside the lodge’s season opening, May 27-June 1 as well as the prime June 14-19 slot. Sound conservation practices have produced a trophy pike fishery here that just won’t quit! FishQuest’s premier package cost is $2995 plus airfare to Thompson, Manitoba.
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    8/1/2006: Exotic Trips Next Spring Thailand and Fiji!
    Next spring we’re running trips to two of the world’s most exotic fishing destinations. In late March we’ll fly to Thailand in search of Mekong catfish, Siamese carp and giant snakehead. We’ll also enjoy friendly hospitality, delicious Thai food, and the occasional two-hour massage (about $10!). Trip price is $3495 plus airfare to Bangkok. Late March/early April dates to be determined.
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    8/1/2006: Russia Rescheduled
    Occasionally even the best-laid plans fall apart. That’s what happened to our exploratory trip to Kamchatka Penisula last month, when the sole airline serving the Alaska-Petropovlosk route went bankrupt just weeks before our scheduled departure. Fortunately, our funds were secured, and for next summer a new, financially stable airline is already in place to pick up the route. We still have a few open spots if you’d like to join us on this incredible wilderness fishing adventure. Please call for more information.
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    6/1/2006: Feliz Navidad on the Pasiba River
    In December, FishQuest clients threw a surprise Christmas Party for residents of the Canaan Indian community on southern Venezuela’s Pasiba River. Amid traditional American, European and Venezuelan holiday music, the anglers distributed toys, clothing, books and other gifts to the village’s children and adults. Oklahoma angler Kim Hauger played Santa Claus, and quickly found smothered by children having their first ever encounter with jolly old San Nicolaus.
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    6/1/2006: Amazon season full of surprises
    After delivering drought conditions in the fall, Mother Nature replenished the Amazon basin with an overabundance of water through virtually all our peacock bass fishing territory. The Rio Negro’s historical December-February “dry season” was the wettest we’d seen in more than 20 years arranging Amazon angling adventures!
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    6/1/2006: New air options for Amazon anglers
    With peacock bass trips, getting there is half the fun. The coming season finds several changes in air service to Manaus and Caracas.
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    6/1/2006: Heavy tackle or light, FishQuest is on the bite!
    Los Roques, Venezuela, has emerged as one the world’s top bonefish destinations. This archipelago comprises 365 islands, most of which are uninhabited.
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    3/1/2006: CANADA: Lodges target pike, trout, bass, walleye
    An early spring in northern Canada has allowed several of our lodges to open early this year. After the frenzy of ice-out fishing subsides, veteran guides expect pike and lake trout to feed aggressively during the longer season, resulting in heftier fish.
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