About Acute Angling

About Us

For over 25 years, Acute Angling's primary goal has been to provide anglers with the fishing trip of a lifetime. We have accomplished this through hard work, innovation, an unwavering commitment to quality, and most of all ... an unending quest for knowledge. We've explored the most remote corners of the Amazon, the wildest waters and the deepest jungles to better understand the fisheries we offer our anglers. We've studied the fish, the ecosystem and the limnological character of the region. We've moved to the forefront of Amazon scientific research and our management has published ground-breaking scientific papers. Today, we can comfortably say that there is no source of Amazon sportfishing expertise greater than that offered by Acute Angling. Knowledge is power, and it's this degree of knowledge that gives us the power to consistently succeed in such a remote and complex environment.

Our commitment to our mission continues to drive all of our efforts in the Amazon. Throughout our long learning process, we have added to, changed, or eliminated various aspects of our trip's many complex elements in order to evolve the most efficient, productive and comfortable fishing experience possible. The result of our efforts is an unparalleled record for outstanding catches, both in terms of size and numbers. We don't intend to sit on our laurels, however. Acute Angling's primary goal continues to be to deliver the very best fishing the Amazon has to offer and to provide you with the fishing trip of a lifetime. — Meet our Management Team

To this end, Acute Angling takes great pains to make certain that all aspects of your trip can be handled from our office. Air travel and travel documents can all be provided as part of Acute Angling’s “turn-key” fishing packages. Our “All-inclusive” packages  leave nothing out — even travel insurance and the specialized tackle needed to catch these exotic species are included at no extra cost! We make certain that everything's done right and nothing's left out. You select your trip preference and you catch the fish, but we take care of all the details necessary to make certain you enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

An Acute Angling client displaying a trophy peacock bass


In addition to providing the finest fishing trips in the Amazon Basin, Acute Angling takes care of every aspect of your fishing trip and travel preparations;

Our trip price is truly “all-inclusive” and covers everything you’ll need for your incredible Amazon experience ... No hokey “extras” and no surprise charges. From the moment you step off your international flight, we include all fishing activity, tackle provision, food, drink, open bar, charter flight, transfers, hotels and staff services. Bring three changes of clothing and your toothbrush … We provide everything else at no extra charge.

Warning! — You may see the term “all-inclusive” used elsewhere, but it’s not really as claimed. It’s used simply as an attempt to look like us. Ask them if they provide travel insurance at no charge, or a Global Rescue subscription, or free lures and jigs, or a fully open bar, or all licenses and fees paid, we could go on and on, but you get the idea.

“Totally Turn key” — You’ll never stumble over trip preparation or find unforeseen complications ... We provide an all-encompassing personal online portal that will walk you through every step of your pre-trip considerations, from documentation to flight organization and an expert staff that will provide complete customer support. We’ll be holding your hand all the way.

“Fully-Insured” — Your trip investment is never at risk … Your trip includes a complete travel insurance policy from IMG, covering your full trip price, baggage and medical emergencies. You and your trip investment are never at risk ... We provide a Global Rescue subscription to cover any health or emergency extraction situation, bringing you all the way home. We are a fully insured company … providing coverage for each angler for any accidental liability.

Covid-safe — We adhere to the ATTA/Cleveland Clinic’s safe operating protocols.


In addition to providing the finest fishing trips in the Amazon Basin , Acute Angling can also provide these travel services for its clients whenever requested;

1. Air Travel Services — We can can take care of all of your air transportation needs. We are often able to provide pricing and availability better than published rates. Our travel specialist, Alexy Mesa, can handle all of your domestic and international travel arrangements and guarantee your arrival and departure times are correct.

2. Complete Document Services — Although visas are no longer required for entry to Brazil for U.S., Canadian and Australian travelers, anglers must have valid passports. Complete passport services are available via ItsEasy Visa.

2. Specialty Gear — Although we provide all necessary fishing rods, reels, line, lures and fish handling gear, anglers may want to bring their own “secret weapon” or personal fishing rig. We have it all at our on-line specialty tackle shop — Tackle-box.net.

Acute Angling is a multi-level fishing trip provider

We are the owner, operator outfitter and organizer of all of our trips, providing four distinct trip types and a variety of exclusive, personally hosted, exotic fishing trips. We are totally vertically integrated and offer our trips directly to the angler, eliminating the usual layers of commission, providing you not only with the very best fishing trips, but also with the "best value in the Amazon".

Acute Angling is owned and operated by serious international anglers, for serious international anglers. We not only provide our unmatched fishing trips and travel services, but unlike our competition, we also host a wide variety of featured trips in exclusive locations, hosted by owner/angler Paul Reiss or fishing expert Wellington Melo along with our other expert English-speaking hosts. This type of hands-on advantage is not available through any booking agent, guide service or outfitter. Acute Angling strives to exceed your angling expectations. We'll go that extra mile to ensure that you choose a destination that best matches your particular interests and then deliver it in the highest-quality fashion possible. Perhaps we can fish together in the not-so-distant future…

We are the owner, operator outfitter and organizer of all of our trips

We own, operate, outfit, organize & host 4 regularly scheduled types of Amazon fishing trips, as well as our unique exploratory trips.

Acute Angling specializes in a wide range of exclusive and unique Fishing Programs. We operate comfortable mothership based peacock bass trips on our Blackwater Explorer yacht; remote fly-in floating bungalow trips in peacock bass river headwaters, exciting multi-species variety trips in Brazil's Guyana Shield highlands; and our new luxurious flagship provides access to the biggest peacocks in the Amazon.

We are uniquely experienced and knowledgeable about Amazon exotic species, in particular, peacock bass, payara, giant catfish, wolfish, arapaima and the full range of exotic species found in high-gradient rivers. Our founder and president holds a PhD in Neotropical Ichthyology (Amazon fish), so we are uniquely equipped to know where, when and how pursue the fierce fishes of the Amazon. As hosts, we provide unparalleled on-site help with both conventional and fly fishing techniques, tackle and a whole range of extras that no absentee outfitter or ordinary fishing travel agency can provide.

When you fish with Acute Angling, you won't find yourself up some remote river without the proverbial paddle. With Acute Angling, you have a host who speaks your language and is dedicated to making your trip a success. Because of our commitment to optimizing the performance and logistics of our trips, they are routinely more productive than those of our competition. And, because of our complete vertical integration, they are surprisingly less expensive as well.

How do we make a difference?

To help you choose the specific trip that's right for you and to ensure that we meet your expectations, we carefully measure the following considerations:

  • Optimal Angling Times - We Fish it Only When its Right - Virtually all destinations have a peak angling period. Knowing the pertinent seasonal idiosyncrasies of any location is an essential part of planning a successful fishing trip. We move our operations from region to region to follow the Amazon’s falling water cycle, putting us in the right places at the right times. Acute Angling considers every detail from seasonal weather patterns to pre-spawn periods in each region.
  • Specific Physical Conditions of Each Fishery - Spin and bait casters require unique conditions often quite different from those preferred by many fly casters. If you're a serious fly fishing angler we won't send you to a murky river with a low fish population. We appreciate your preferences and carefully match you with the right destination.
  • Fish Size vs. Sheer Numbers - Is individual fish size more important than sheer numbers or vice versa? If you are after trophy peacock bass, we will recommend only those destinations known for their big fish population. If you are after constant action and high numbers, one of our several exciting volume fisheries might be your best bet.
  • Incidental Species - Are you interested only in one species, or do you want the option of catching many different types of fish? Is your focus peacock bass or would you like to mix powerful payara with giant catfish. If you want diversity, consider one of our multi-species variety or exploratory trips. If you want to focus on one species, we'll help you choose a trip date and destination that has the best populations of this particular gamefish.

Unparalleled Pre-Trip Information, Attention to Detail, The most Knowledgeable trip operators in the amazon…

Once you decide on a trip and date that’s best for you, you will be provided with your own, personal, on-line client “portal”,  Here, you can review all of the information pertinent to your trip and complete all the pre-trip preparations, at your convenience, right on-line and with our assistance as needed. Documents are provided to prepare you for every aspect of your trip, even how to pack. You will be able to contract our dedicated travel representative directly from your portal to assist with your travel arrangements and your flights will be verified by us to make sure they are the correct ones for your trip. Working with you, we will make sure that you arrive with all the right gear, from flip-flops to clothing to sunglasses and are perfectly prepared for the fishing trip of a lifetime.

Acute Angling will provide invaluable assistance regarding all pre-trip particulars