Golden Dorado River Cruiser - Liveaboard

Within a few hours of Buenos Aires, you'll find fantastic golden dorado fishing opportunities in the huge upper delta of the Paraná River system. The Paraná River system is the second largest in South America, after the Amazon, and has a total length of over 1,500 miles, with hundreds of tributaries, deltas, marshlands, lagoons, side channels, full of fantastic flora and fauna and yes, the aggressive Golden Dorado.


Paraná River Golden Dorado

Golden dorado Fishing

The Golden Dorado River Cruiser accesses some of the best dorado fishing on the Paraná River system. Each day, you'll fish new waters. Anglers will often not see another boat on the water during the entire day. The Golden Dorado River Cruiser allows anglers the mobility to move with the fish, according to seasons, weather, the arrival of baitfish... Follow the migrations for the best fishing year-round. A liveaboard operation targeting golden dorado program is the only one of its kind in Argentina. Within minutes of the main river, you can be casting to aggressive dorado and enjoying this expansive wilderness area, while remaining close to civilization.
Golden Dorado are extraordinary hunters and are regarded as one of the best fighting freshwater fish on the planet. They’re aggressive with a ferocious strike, long, hard runs, high jumps, and fighting stamina. The locals call them River Tigers. They like moving water, and most often stalk close to river structure. Be prepared for them to viciously strip set your hook, pulling hard on your line, or you’ll end up with nothing. Catches range from 2 to 15-pounds, with chances at larger fish during every trip.
Other Paraná River species to target include wolffish, vampire fish, pira pita, boga, and catfish.

Fishing Facts:

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Season:  The Golden Dorado River Cruiser runs year-round, with peak fishing from October thru May. Boats:  Four, new 17½-foot North Carolina Skiffs with 90-h.p. Yamaha four-stroke engines. The boats are specifically designed for fly fishing and have a remote control operated electric trolling motors. While the boats move slowly downriver, anglers have multiple shots at prime holding areas. Boats have two casting platforms, so anglers can comfortably cast at the same time. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides:  Local guides were born and raised on these waters. They speak both English and Spanish. You'll fish with a new guide each day.
Cast and Blast: During duck hunting season—June through August—the operator offers a Cast and Blast program. You’ll hunt early in the morning, then head back to the Cruiser for lunch and a siesta. You’ll fish in the afternoon after the water warms up.

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2019 and 2020 Fishing Hosted Weeks:

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2019 Hosted Weeks: $4,500.00 per person
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
February 1-9:  John Holpuch hosts - SOLD OUT
March 15-23, 2019:  Brad hosts - SOLD OUT
March 22-30, 2019:  Brad Staples hosts - 2-spots left
2020 Hosted Weeks:
March 20-28, 2020:  Brad Staples hosts
March 27 - April 4, 2020:  Brad Staples hosts

About the Golden Dorado River Cruiser:
The Golden Dorado River Cruiser, a two-engine Mothership, provides the comfort and services of a first-class fishing lodge. The liveaboard hosts a maximum of eight anglers in four, air-conditioned bedrooms. Two anglers per room. Each bedroom has a private bath and TV. The living room and dining room area has a 42-inch LCD TV. An open bar is included in the package. The upper deck is a great place to enjoy a beverage, overlooking the view. 220-Volt electricity is around the clock. Wi-Fi will be available in 2019. The fishing, great meals, vast wildlife and exceptional birding make this trip perfect for couples.
Excellent meals created by their dedicated chef. In the evening, you’ll enjoy appetizers specialty cheeses, cold cuts from La Pampa, including ham, dried fillet steak, bondiola, pork, deer and wild boar chorizos secos (highly-seasoned sausages) and salami; as well as olives and pickles. Dinners are accompanied by an outstanding selection of wines. Dessert is served with coffee, tea, or an after-dinner drink. The full open bar included in the package, offers a fine selection of wines, beer, clear brandies from Catamarca, Patagonian liquors, whiskey, brandy, and cognac.

Getting Here:

At the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, you'll be met by a lodge representative. He will drive you in a shuttle van to the marina, about a 2.5 to 3.5 hour drive. From the marina, there is a boat transfer to the liveaboard that takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Onboard the Cruiser, there will be a reception and an introduction to dorado fishing and tackle preparation. If time allows, you'll fish in the afternoon.


2019 USD Rates:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
$4,500.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$2,800.00 per person

Cast and Blast option:
4-nights and 3.5-days guided fishing
$2,900.00 per person

Non-angler packages:
7-nights and 6-days
$2,250.00 per person
4-nights and 3-days
$1,400.00 per person

Packages include:

Airport reception, roundtrip ground transfers to the liveaboard, lodging, meals, Wi-Fi (available in 2019), alcoholic beverages (open bar policy), guided fishing, and fishing license.

Packages do not include:

Airfare, fishing equipment, flies, and tackle, phone calls, laundry service $15.00 per load, gratuities, airport taxes (usually included in the cost of airfare), and anything not mentioned under the inclusions. Flies cost approximately $200.00 for a week’s supply. The Cast and Blast does not include cartridges or hunting licenses.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  After your arrival, onboard the Cruiser, there will be a reception and an introduction to dorado fishing and tackle preparation. If time allows, you'll fish in the afternoon. Appetizers and cocktails are served. Dinner is at 9:00 p.m.
Days 2-7:  Breakfast is around 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. You'll meet your guide at 9:00 a.m. and depart for fishing. At 1:00 p.m., you'll have lunch on the boat while fishing or head back to the Cruiser for lunch. Fish from 3:00 p.m. until just before dark. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails on the upper deck before dinner at 9:00 p.m.
Day 8:  At 7:00 a.m., enjoy breakfast and depart at 8:30 a.m. for the shuttle back to Buenos Aires. Most flights back to the States leave in the evening.

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

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Host Brad Staples

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Golden dorado fishing

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Golden dorado fishing boat

A golden dorado double

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Upper deck, beverages and the view

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Dining and Lounge area with open bar

River Cruiser lounge

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Excellent meals aboard

Bedrooms with ensuite private bath

Bedrooms on the liveaboard

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