New! Exclusive Trophy Peacock Bass Fishery - The Uneuixi River
After being closed for 13 years, River Plate's trophy peacock bass fishery is back! On the second day of reopening in 2018, 84 peacocks were landed by a party of seven anglers with 12 trophies above 17lbs and up to 22 lbs., breaking a 33-year-old record for one single day.
The Uneuixi River is back!
The only fishery with a proven record of
8 Peacock Bass over 20-pounds
by one angler!
River Plate is happy to announce that the Uneuixi River is back as one of their exclusive private fisheries! The Uneuixi-Roçado was one of River Plate’s best-of-the-best for trophy peacock bass until it was closed down in 2005. After much negotiation with the Indian authorities, the fishery re-opened in August of 2018.
Back in November of 2005 when River Plate last fished the lower part of the concession, David Isaac´s party from Canadian, Texas landed 46 twenty pounders, six of which, were 23-24-pounds! Plus over 100 peacocks were in the 16 to 19-pound category! In another party, one angler, Alan Zaremba of Hollywood, Florida landed eight peacocks over 20-pounds, the largest weighing in at 24-pounds.
The Reserve is one of the Amazon's last remnants of untouched trophy peacock bass fishing. The upper half of the concession has never been sportfished. Both sections have many lagoons and oxbow lakes.
Uneuixi is a new and exotic destination deep in the jungle, but the operation will follow River Plate’s well-proven standards.
Peacock Bass Fishing Facts:
Season: The best time to fish the Uneuixi River is mid-August through November—the low-water season.
Guides: River Plate’s carefully trained guides are hardcore and intimately familiar with the complexities of fishing the Amazon. Many have guided for River Plate for over fifteen years. They speak almost no English yet can effectively communicate what is important.
Boats: Aluminum 20-foot shallow-draft tunnel boats with 40-h.p. outboard and all the standard bass boat features. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Fishing License: is included in package.
Equipment: Upon request, one rod, one reel, and fishing line are available for your use– advise 30 days before departure.
Exclusive Fishing Areas: Since 2002, Brazilian authorities have granted River Plate exclusive entry permits to fish on Indian reserves and Government preserves. This means that they don’t fish where other outfitters or commercial fishermen operate. In exchange for exclusive entry permits, River Plate helps local communities and tribes with various humanitarian projects.
The Uneuixi Floating Cabins - River Plate
One of their River Plate floating trains complete with cabins and 12 x 23' dining lounge will move to the Uneuixi for the season. These shallow draft floating cabins are able to bypass shallow water which is the key to exceptional peacock bass fishing.
Drawing only four inches of water, the floating cabins navigate shallow water barriers in
comfort and style. In these remote waters, peacock fishing improves in both numbers and size.
Air-conditioned cabins are 10-feet wide by 16-feet long, with a front porch, two twin-size beds, and a full bathroom. Power is available at camp to charge batteries.
In the 12' x 23' dining sitting lounge, you'll enjoy international and regional dishes, plus chilled wines, ice-cold beer, hard liquor, soft drinks, and Brazilian-style margaritas. Fresh bread and pastries are baked daily. Bilingual host.
River Plate does not overfish. Every few days—while you’re out fishing—the floating cabins are moved to fresh and unfished waters. The camp is open for seven weeks and to minimize fishing pressure, each week is limited to eight anglers.
River Plate's improved logistics allow them to access and operate in these extremely remote areas. Very shallow-draft tunnel barges help them to stage supplies and fuel closer to the camp.
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Arrive in Manaus. After you have cleared customs, a River Plate representative will drive you to your overnight at a five star hotel. Day 2, at approximately 6:30 a.m., you'll depart on a 3 ½ hour charter flight to the Uneuixi River. You'll take an Express boat ride to the floating cabins. If time allows, you'll fish for a few hours in the afternoon. (The package includes first overnight at a luxury Hotel in Manaus and roundtrip charter flight Manuas to Camp.)
2019 USD Rates:
8-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
$6,990.00.00 per person
Sample Fishing Days:
Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. Your guide will be ready to leave by 7:30 a.m. They suggest you return to the camp for lunch and a nap, since you could be as close as 5-15 minutes away. Day of Departure: If time allows, you'll fish a few hours in the morning. Departure from Fly-In Floating Cabins on Express Boat + charter flight to Manaus. Afternoon / night departure flight home.
All community compensations, fees, and costs for fishing in Exclusive Private Waters’ leases; double-occupancy lodging (unless Premium Single Occupancy package is selected), charter flights in Brazil, all necessary ground transfers in Brazil, one overnight at a luxury hotel in Manaus (upon arrival only), use of guide-operated 20-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 (see weight restrictions above), maid service at fishing destinations, and upon request Larry's 65-page eBook Fly-Fishing for Peacock Bass. One rod, one reel, and fishing line are available at the fly-in cabin barges upon request – advise 30 days before departure.
Packages do not include:
International airfare, Brazilian visa, suggested gratuities $250.00 for staff and $250.00 for guides, food and beverages in Manaus and private city tours, special transfers and hotel reservations when not arriving with the party, airport departure tax, satellite phone calls ($5.00/minute) at camp, internet connection ($10.00/minute – minimum charged, one minute) at camp, extra hotel overnights or day rooms, any last moment taxes, fees, stamps, or compensations of any form levied by the local authorities, baitcasting lures, fly fishing tackle, spinning tackle, catfishing rigs, insect repellent, sunscreen, medicines, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Peacock Bass Fishing Tips and Tactics
Tips and Tactics:
Like largemouth bass, peacocks often prefer structure—rocks, fallen logs, points and sand bars are hiding places for baitfish, so this is where the peacocks will usually be lurking. Of course, you should always heed the guide’s recommendations on where to cast.
Peacocks usually roam in small schools searching for baitfish, often bursting into a feeding frenzy. When this situation is encountered, get your fly or lure in front of the feeding fish as quickly as possible. The sooner you cast, the better your chance of a hookup. Peacocks are greedy and a highly competitive schooling fish. Always cast a lure or fly right next to any hooked fish. Another peacock will almost always be close by (attracted by the commotion). If no strike results, continue fishing the surrounding area.
When fishing topwater lures or flies, novice peacock anglers tend to set the hook too fast. Peacocks will often just slap at the lure to stunt it and then come back around and firmly grab it on the second pass. It’s difficult to remember at first, but don’t set the hook on the strike. If you can’t see the plug or fly after about three seconds, drop your rod tip and set the hook as hard as you can. Big peacocks have very tough skin around their mouths and tend to grip the plug or fly firmly.