Acute Angling Amazon
Sportfishing - Fishing Trip Schedule
The Blackwater Explorer Peacock Route
In 1540, Francisco de Orellana became the first European to begin
exploring the Amazon. Almost 500 years later we begin our own Amazon
journey, retracing a portion of Orellana's route. Once we leave the
settled areas of Manaus and Borba we can quickly see that not a lot has
changed in the Amazon's backcountry in nearly half a millennium.
The biggest difference perhaps is in us. We're sitting in air-conditioned
comfort, sipping a caipirinha (Brazil's national drink) in our yacht's
lounge as it steams its way along the fantastic river systems of the Amazon.
The Amazon basin makes its own weather.
The rainforest's strange cycle of flood and dry weather circulates counterclockwise
throughout the Amazon. The optimal season for peacock bass fishing
follows directly behind. As the floods begin to withdraw from the
southern part of the basin in July and August, the Rio Madeira drainage
becomes transformed into the hottest fishery in South America during the
months of September and October. And that's exactly where we're headed.
We start our journey on the main bodies
of the Amazon and the Madeira Rivers, the superhighways of the Amazon Basin.
Here the waters are clouded with suspended particles washed out of the
distant Andes Mountains. The rich sediment provides a fertile base
for the region's flooded forests, the world's densest fish nursery.
Pink "boto" dolphins can be seen cavorting in the coffee colored waters
of these giant rivers, feeding on dense, silver schools of "piaba" (baitfish)
or the always tasty piranha.
As we leave the main rivers for the network
of smaller tributaries, we enter a different, more primitive, world.
Near the mouth of the Rio Preto, we enter a restricted access Indian reservation.
Here we can access the clear black waters of the Rio Autaz Mirrim.
This river's complex network of channels, oxbows and lagoons holds very
big peacock bass. When water levels are right, we may probe this
river for its lunkers and use the opportunity to fine-tune our gear and
our fishing techniques for the giant fishery lying just beyond.
Next, we reach the wide Rio Preto, offering
a varied range of fishable water. It's many points, islands and lagoons
hold peacocks of all sizes, while its rocky outcroppings offer the fly-fisherman
wonderful action just an easy cast away. Small Mura Indian
villages overlook some of the river's strategic travel points. A
northern tributary, the Rio Tupana offers us fine fishing, with great numbers
when water levels draw us here. As we proceed westward, the Rio Preto
meets a major tributary, the Rio Matupiri.
At the mouth of the Matupiri,
the Rio Preto widens into the strange, fish-laden Lago Tacuia. A
vast 40 mile long flooded forest, Tacuia is a lake without real shorelines.
It's convoluted flooded forest structure provides cover not only for peacock
bass, but for a wide range of Amazonian aquatic species. "Tucuxi"
and "boto" dolphins patrol its open waters, while the quiet flats hold
manatee and the giant, prehistoric, air-breathing piraruccu (arapaima).
Peacock bass of all sizes can be found in its shallow standing timber,
along its deep points and in its serpentine feeder streams. Even
when water levels elsewhere in the system are running high, this strange
and mysterious place provides excellent access to great numbers of peacock
bass. At its western end, the winding Rio Igapo Acu feeds its fish-laden
waters into the lake.
The Rio Matupiri is another target destination
in this great fishery. Totally uninhabited, this gorgeous waterway
offers anglers 100 miles of lagoon studded fishery. There's more
structure and fish habitat here than you can cover in a lifetime.
Closed to commercial fishing and the Brazilian public, the Blackwater Explorer
has been given exclusive permission to fish this river's pristine waters
by the Mura tribe. Giant, open water lagoas, narrow, creek-like igarapes,
small sloughs, oxbows and flooded igapos offer an amazing variety of fishable
water off of the main river, while on the river, lagoon mouths, steep barrancas
and plentiful standing timber provide even more fish-holding structure.
Winding from the west, a big, wide feeder
stream, "Igarape Acu", meanders right through pristine rainforest.
This waterway has yielded many big peacocks during very low water.
At the southern end of the region of lagoons, the Matupiri narrows, becoming
a riverbank fishery. Parana Coari, (a cut caused by seasonal flooding)
provides a rare bit of fast water and defines a long structure-laden island.
New sights, new experiences and new fishing
water to explore, greet the peacock bass angler every day in this amazing
place. At any given time, there are areas with perfect water levels
here. The Explorer's great mobility, combined with the region's huge
range of water types, allows us to probe this entire vast system, find
the best conditions and concentrate our efforts where the fish are.
Our anglers are assured of the greatest possible opportunity for success
and fulfillment on their trip of a lifetime.
The beautiful Blackwater
Built to fish
- The new "Blackwater Explorer" is one of the most attractive yachts sailing
the Amazon basin. Her classic and graceful "Amazonian Regional" design
blends perfectly with the pristine blackwater habitat she calls home.
But more importantly, she's been built to fish. Her broad beam maximizes
her functional interior space while keeping her length manageably short.
This gives her great maneuverability, letting her safely and easily penetrate
into inaccessible, meandering headwaters streams. The yacht's impressively
low draft (she displaces only 1.2 meters) allows her to readily pass shallow
sandbars and obstructions that would keep less efficiently designed boats
back in port.
Designed for fishermen - The Blackwater Explorer was designed for
fishermen. Her well-organized debarkation deck lets a full group
of anglers get started on their fishing day quickly, without crowding,
fuss or confusion. The debarkation deck's waterline exit lets you
walk right onto your fishing boat, with no ladders to climb. All of your
fishing gear and take-along items can remain right at hand and be ready
to go when you are. We've done our homework and we've designed the
best purpose-built sportfishing vessel in the Amazon.
Luxurious and Comfortable
- The Explorer is a fishing mothership of the highest caliber. The
list of her luxurious features is long. Here are just a few.
1. Private bathrooms w/sink, toilet
and shower in each cabin.
Value in the Amazon. Come and enjoy it with us.
2. Roomy cabins with plenty of storage space.
3. Two meter high ceilings. Gone are
the days when six-footers have to duck.
4. Huge (6 and 1/2 x 7 meter) common area.
Spacious dining room and lots of walk-around space.
5. Big, wide, non-slip stairwells.
6. Cabin doors open directly to outside spaces.
7. Shallow draft for improved access - almost
1/2 meter less than typical Amazon yachts. The Explorer can fish
areas we've never accessed before.
8. Wider beam - Perfect stability.
9. Smoke-free cabins and indoor areas.
10. Open-air bar and lounge area on upper
You'll love the lifestyle efficiency of our new boat's
design, and the roominess and comfort it provides. With big, individually
air-conditioned cabins, private bathrooms, hot showers and spacious
group areas, the "Blackwater Explorer" is one of the finest yachts in the
Amazon. Her shallow draft and wide beam allow us to traverse sandbars
and fast water to access regions others just can't reach.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us,
toll-free or E-mail us.
Thanks for fishing with Acute Angling!
- (866) 832-2987 - E-Mail Paul Reiss
- (866) 431-1668 - E-Mail Garry Reiss
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to be able to arrange trips to the right place at the right time, anywhere
in the world, with the most reputable, professional outfitters. References
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