River Plate Anglers - Rio Negro System

Since 2002, the Brazilian authorities have granted River Plate Anglers exclusive entry permits to fish on Indian reserves and government preserves. Utilizing floating suites, River Plate has perfected a highly developed system to fish the Amazon River for peacock bass.

Peacock Bass Fishing - Ultra Remote Areas

Alaska salmon fishing

Their remarkable, explosive topwater strike, combined with an astonishing ability to break heavy lines/leaders and straighten even stout saltwater hooks, makes peacock bass one of the most sought after species in the Amazon basin. Peacock Bass are very territorial; which is why commercial or sportfishing can rapidly over-fish popular areas. Fishing season runs mid-October to March.  During your trip, they often move their floating suites to new unfished waters. Two anglers per boat and guide. In-house designed and field-tested 21' all-welded aluminum shallow-draft tunnel boats with 40-h.p. outboard, trolling motor, high swivel seats, fishing platforms… and light enough to navigate the shallow sandbars.

Floating Mobile Suites

Orvis-endorsed lodge

Their system consists of deluxe, shallow draft, floating suites which combine daily mobility with the ability to bypass shallow water. This is the key to exceptional peacock bass fishing. Drawing only four inches of water, the floating suites navigate past shallow water natural barriers in comfort and style. Each 12’x15’ suite has air conditioning, 110 electricity, and a private bathroom with shower. Their staff of 14 and bi-lingual host offer personalized hands-on attention. Laundry service is included. Dinners feature fresh fish, beef or chicken with regional sides. Chilled wines, ice-cold beer, soft drinks, and Brazilian-style margaritas are included (limits explained in our information packet).

Eric Schoenborn's Recap:

Eric Schoenborn's recap

"River Plate Outfitters allows all styles of fishing at its camps including topwater, shallow lures, jigs, and flies. Many people set their expectations based on shows they’ve watched and typically have high expectations for watching giant peacocks crash their topwater presentations. The truth is that while fishing topwater makes for good TV, strikes on topwater gear are often more difficult than other methods. When a topwater strike happens, it will make your jaw drop as the sound of a giant Peacock hitting the lure sounds something like a 55-gallon drum dropped off a ten-story building into the water where your lure used to be. Topwater lures consist mostly of “wood chopper” type lures which make an incredible amount of noise and splash as they are worked through the water. Lures like Zara Spooks, Rat’ln Walk, and jumping minnows walked on the top in a rhythmic motion produce good results. The most productive technique for peacocks in all of my trips has been using weighted flies. Peacocks are a suspended fish that use cover to ambush minnows. These minnows can be imitated with flies, and when retrieved quickly with a sinking line, the results are deadly. Along with flies, weighted jig heads, tied with rattles, flash, and synthetics also imitate baitfish and can be very productive as well. Another tool in the tackle box is shallow diving lures such as the Yo-Zuri I mentioned above."
- Eric Schoenborn

Getting Here:

You’ll fly into Manaus, Brazil. A lodge representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Caesar Business Manaus Hotel for your overnight stay. For the Upper Itapara, Xeruini and Jufaris, a floatplane is required, which is an additional $750.00 per person. This option is available January 3 – February 28, 2017. River Plate's staff in Manaus will indicate pick-up time for charter flight. Transfer to camp may include up to a three-hour Express fast boat ride to one of their floating suites. If time allows, you’ll fish for a few hours in the afternoon.

About River Plate boats:

There are two anglers per boat and guide. 120-h.p. high-speed bass boats, built and field-tested, all-welded aluminum shallow-draft tunnel boats. 21’ boats with 40-h.p. outboards and all the standard bass boat features: trolling motor, high-swivel seats, fishing platforms… and they are amply light enough to successfully navigate the shallow sandbars.

2017 Rates:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
12-angler party $4,990.00 p.p.
8-angler party  $5,990.00 p.p.
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing:
12-angler party  $3,990.00 p.p.
Headwaters of Itapara, Xeruini, and Jufaris - January 3 -Feb. 28, 2017:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
12-angler party  $4,990.00 p.p.*
8-angler party  $5,990.00 p.p.*
*Does not include roundtrip floatplane,  an additional $750.00

Packages include:

(as per itinerary): Fishing in Exclusive Private Waters (Jufaris, Tapera, Xeurini, Omero, seven rivers in the Muhura, Indian Reserves), all community compensations, fees, costs for fishing in the Exclusive Private Waters leases for the above-mentioned rivers. double-occupancy lodging, charter flights in Brazil (does not include floatplane for Headwaters packages), all necessary ground transfers in Brazil, one overnight at Caesar Business Manaus Hotel in Manaus (upon arrival only), use of guide-operated 21-foot shallow drafting bass boat per two anglers, fishing licenses, all meals at fishing destination, beverages at fishing location (Brazilian wine, beer, hard liquor, bottled water, juices and soft drinks), daily laundry service at fishing destinations (weight restrictions apply), a free copy of Larry’s 40-page book Fly-Fishing for Peacock Bass.

Packages do not include:

international airfare (approximately $1,000.00 Miami roundtrip to Manaus), Brazilian visa, single occupancy, suggested voluntary tips to camp staff ($250.00) and fishing guides ($250.00), jigs at camp for sale: $5.00 each, ($1.00 refund for returned used jigs), food and beverages in Manaus and private city tours, special transfers and hotel reservations when not arriving and/or departing with the group, airport departure tax, satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), internet connection $10.00 per minute – minimum charged is one minute; extra hotel nights or day rooms; any last minute taxes, fees, stamps or compensations of any form levied by the local authorities; baitcasting lures, fly fishing tackle, catfishing rigs, insect repellent, sunscreen, medicines, floatplane - extra cost $750.00 p.p. required for the Headwaters eight-passenger program, (The floatplane is optional for all other programs with a minimum of eight passengers) Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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River Plate Anglers photos

Peacock bass have an explosive topwater strike

Brazil Peacock bass

Rio Negro system

Rio Negro system

Peacock bass are very territorial

Rio Negro peacock bass

Large catfish, too

River Plate catfishing

Gary and Lynn with River Plate double

River Plate double

Three kinds of Peacock Bass:

Peacock bass species

24-hour 110 AC power and private bathrooms

River Plate Anglers

Chilled wines, ice-cold beer, soft drinks...

Chilled wine

Staff of 14, and bilingual host

River Plate staff