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Peacock Bass Trip Checklist

Your peacock bass trip is getting closer. You've selected your rods, your reels are spooled with brand new line and you're eyeballing a kaleidoscopic mix of lethal looking lures. But once you cram it all into your bags, where will you fit that shiny, new, 9 lb. solar-powered automatic hook reforming and electroplating device that the manufacturer swears you can't do without? The best place for it is probably in your closet at home. Save your precious 44 pound baggage allotment for the really important stuff. Pack light, but pack right. Let's take a look at what other gear should go in your baggage, step by step.

Clothing - Our operations all do laundry daily. This will enable you to keep your clothing to a minimum. Here are our suggestions; Bring only 3 changes of clothing. One outfit for traveling (wear clothing that you can use for fishing also) and 2 more sets of fishing clothes. One pair of comfortable travel/land shoes and a pair of flip-flops or crocs or reef walkers for fishing. Bring a bathing suit and clean underwear. A lightweight rainsuit is a must and can also double as a jacket on cool morning boat rides. That's all of it! Leave the suit and tie at home.

Sun and Insect Protection - Most peacock bass fishing is done within a scant few hundred miles of the equator. The sun is more powerful at these latitudes than anywhere else on earth because the diminished angle at which its rays arrive reduces the filtering effect of the atmosphere. It's not like California or Florida, or even central America. It's far more intense. For this reason anglers should be equipped with complete sun protection. Select UV resistant tropical fishing clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Wear a hat with ear and neck protection. Sun gloves, fishing gloves or stripping gloves can protect your hands from the powerful sun.

Medicines - Bring all your necessary personal medicines. You will almost certainly not be able to obtain medicines once you leave home and there are no pharmacies in the jungle. In addition, bring the following; Cipro (a broad spectrum antibiotic); An Anti-Malarial (i.e., Larium or Malarone - see your doctor); Allergy or cold pills; Cortisone or anti-itch cream (for rashes, allergies); Imodium, Pepto-Bismol or other anti-diarrheal; Band-Aids, Anti-bacterial cream and Aspirin or Tylenol. All of our camps have complete first aid kits.

Documents and money - Your documents are critical when traveling. Make sure you have a secure, dry place in your carry-on to keep them. You must have a current passport with visa. Carry a photocopy of the first two pages of your passport. Make sure you have your Airline Tickets; cash (for tipping and other incidentals while traveling); Take a credit card and a book or other reading matter.

Personal Gear - A few small items will greatly increase your comfort in camp and while fishing. Bring the following; A small flashlight, headlight or booklight; Extra batteries; Your personal toiletry kit (toothbrush, razor, etc); Good quality, polarized sunglasses; Fishing gloves to prevent blisters (golf or baseball gloves also work fine). Water proof bags (zip locks) or durable containers for delicate items.

Camera and Video Gear - A trip of a lifetime deserves a good photographic or video record. Some of us can do great work with our phones or a small, high resolution digital and some of us wouldn't be caught dead without our full SLR system. Either way you choose to go, keep weight restrictions in mind and select gear that is relatively weatherproof or can be safely protected. Bring plenty of film or media. The photo opportunities are endless. If you use your phone, be sure to have a waterproof container for it.

Fishing Tools - If you are traveling with a fishing partner, you can both save some weight and expense by sharing certain items. Consider the Boga-grip for example. It's an indispensable tool for peacock anglers. Not only is it a convenient landing and weighing device, but it's perfect for keeping big, angry fish calm and under control while photographing them. If you must brin g your own, consider sharing one between you. Also, keep in mind that your guide will handle the mundane tasks such as unhooking fish and maintaining your lures and lines (so you can maximize your fishing effort). We equip our guides with a complete set of fishing tools on each fishing boat. With that being said, if you wish to have your own tools, you may elect to share some of the following items; A Pocket Knife, Needlenose Pliers and strong cutting tool (we recommend a Leatherman tool); Boga grip or other device to safely hold fish; Hook Sharpener or file; Braided line scissors;  Keep weight restrictions in mind.

Fishing Accessories - Keeping your gear organized and readily accessible can often be critical to fishing success. We recommend clear plastic fishing boxes (such as Plano 3600 and 3700) that fit into your fishing or boat bag (such as Plano's Soft Tackle System). In addition to your lures, add the following to your organizing system; Replacement Hooks (4x strong #1, #2 and #4) Heavy Duty Split Rings and a split ring pliers. Many of your lures will come with bass grade hardware. Peacocks will turn it into mush with the first strike. You'll need to upgrade quite a few hooks and split rings (our guides will do this for you when you arrive); Extra line - If you bring your own reels, in case you need to respool (for spinning gear just bring a spare spool already prepared); Oil to lubricate your reels, they'll be working hard.

Luggage Selection - The right type of bags can help make both travel and weight considerations simpler. We recommend a  soft rolling duffel bag (no bigger than 30 inches please and a small carry-on. Select lightweight bags. Selecting a rolling duffel bag that weighs less when empty will help give you greater flexibility in your gear selection. It's also much easier to handle while traveling. When you've checked in your duffel, a carry-on bag with a comfortable shoulder strap or a backpack will be easy to handle in the airport and on the plane. Make sure it fits airline size restrictions.

Baggage Organization - Today's air travel security regulations define the best way to organize your baggage. You will have a checked in bag(s) and a carry on bag(s).

Your checked-in baggage (a soft rolling duffel) will constitute your 44 or 33 pound baggage limit (depending on aircraft). All tools, knives, hooks and other sharp items must be checked in with this bag. Use this bag for your clothing and bulky gear. If you must bring your own rods, we highly recommend pack rods to eliminate big, clumsy rod tubes. They will simplify your packing and probably outperform most one-piece rods. Pack rods will fit inside your duffel, simplify packing and significantly help reduce weight. For those who must carry conventional rods, a plastic, lockable rod tube, available from any tackle dealer will be able to safely contain all of your rods. Pack it carefully and pad it inside with some of your clothing. To help keep weight down, you can share a tube with your partner - or simply use our quality gear at no charge

Your carry-on bag should contain your camera equipment, reading material, medicines, other small, heavy items and your basic travel needs. You might add a change of underwear and your most important personal necessities. Anglers with pack rods can also carry a small tube with two rods as part of their carry-on baggage. Add two reels to your carry-on and you will ensure that you have the basic gear at all times, even if your checked-in bags are delayed.

Where to Buy - The items recommended here can be found at most sporting goods outlets. All specialized items are available at www.Tackle-box.net or call 866 832-2987 or 866 431-1668 for help.

Assistance - That's what we do best. Call us, toll-free, anytime with any questions. We've taken thousands of anglers to Brazil over the last two decades and we've learned how to do it right. Let our experience and our proven expertise ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime.

Peacock Bass Trip Checklist

Need Packed Item
For the sun loving (with lots of sunblock)
checkbox checkbox Tank Tops
checkbox checkbox T-shirts
checkbox checkbox Shorts
For the sun sensitive
checkbox checkbox Sun Hats and sun gloves
checkbox checkbox Slacks/Shorts -- 2 or 3 lightweight cotton.
checkbox checkbox Long-Sleeved Shirts -- for sun protection -- light color and light fabric.
For everyone
checkbox checkbox Packable Lightweight Rain Gear- Two piece/coat and pant. Doubles as a jacket for cool mornings & evenings.
checkbox checkbox Long Tropical Pants:
checkbox checkbox Long-Sleeved Tropical Shirts;
checkbox checkbox Shoes -- 1 pair rubber-soled, non-slip in-water shoes (Flip-flops, Tevas, Crocs, reefwalkers)
checkbox checkbox Fishing hat -- with a black under-bill to aid in sighting fish (enhances polarizing qualities of sunglasses).
checkbox checkbox Swimsuit -- it's a great way to cool off during the heat of the day (the piranhas are not dangerous)
checkbox checkbox Socks and Underwear
checkbox checkbox Travel Clothes
Don't overpack - we wash laundry daily
Sun and Insect Protection
Need Packed Item
checkbox checkbox Sunscreen - bring lots of it, waterproof and with an adequate SPF!!!
checkbox checkbox Sun-Gloves -- Many people burn their hands, so we recommend 'Mangrove' UV Protector SunGloves.
checkbox checkbox Insect Repellent -- Just in case — perspiration resistant and contains D.E.E.T
Need Packed Item
checkbox checkbox Personal Prescription Drugs - You cannot obtain your prescription medications here
checkbox checkbox 10 days worth of broad spectrum antibiotics (i.e., Cipro) (Quickly corrects travelers diarrhea and is a good idea in case of other infection.
checkbox checkbox Anti-Malarial (i.e., Larium or Malarone) - with your doctor's prescription
checkbox checkbox Allergy or cold pills
checkbox checkbox Cortisone or anti-itch cream (for rashes, allergies or no-see-ums)
checkbox checkbox Immodium, Pepto-Bismol or other anti-diarrheal
checkbox checkbox Benadryl
checkbox checkbox Band-Aids
checkbox checkbox Anti-bacterial creme
checkbox checkbox Aspirin, Tylenol etc.
Personal Items
Need Packed Item
Documents and money
checkbox checkbox Passport and photocopy of first two pages of passport
checkbox checkbox Airline Tickets
checkbox checkbox Cash - bring at least enough for tipping in camp, purchase of jigs and flies and incidentals in airports.
checkbox checkbox Cash and Credit Cards - Credit cards are accepted just about everywhere in Brazil.
checkbox checkbox Books, magazines, reading matter.
checkbox checkbox Small flashlight, headlight or booklight
checkbox checkbox Batteries
checkbox checkbox Toiletry kit, toothbrush, etc.
checkbox checkbox Digital Camera (small, automatic, weatherproof w/zoom) - Start with fresh batteries and take an extra set.
checkbox checkbox Fishing Gloves; Your hands can blister after several days of cranking baits (golf or baseball gloves work fine)
checkbox checkbox Fishing Sunglasses - Good quality, comfortable, polarized sunglasses
Need Packed Item
Main bag
checkbox checkbox Large Duffel or Similar Bag - This will contain the bulk of your gear, most of your rod tubes and your clothes. It will be checked onto the airplane.
Rod Containers
checkbox checkbox G. Loomis or similar type pack rods (3 or 4 piece) with tubes - These will fit inside your duffel and each tube can hold two or more rods each if cleverly packed. This eliminates the need for huge rod tubes and ensures that you have the basic gear with you.
Or, for those without pack rods, using conventional rods
checkbox checkbox Plastic, lockable rod tube - Available at any tackle dealer and should be able to safely contain all of your rods. Pack it carefully and pad inside with your clothes.
Carry-on Bag
checkbox checkbox Soft Tackle Bag - This can be packed with a minimum of necessities and your travel needs. and used as your carry-on bag. You can put Plano boxes with lures and accessories into your duffel and then switch them into your tackle bag after you arrive.
Fishing Tackle
Need Packed Item
Fishing Tools — Note that we provide these items and it is not required that you bring them
checkbox checkbox Pocket Knife/Needlenose Pliers -- we recommend a Leatherman tool
checkbox checkbox Boga grip or other device to safely hold fish
checkbox checkbox Hook Sharpener 
checkbox checkbox Scissors or line clippers
Fishing Accessories
checkbox checkbox Extra line if your bringing your own reels (30 to 65LB. test suggested - depending on application)
checkbox checkbox Reel Lubricant -- apply to reels routinely
checkbox checkbox Scale -- None of our camps have IGFA certified scales. We've tried them all and highly recommend the IGFA endorsed, 'Boga Grip' scale [Eastaboga Tackle, 261 Mudd St., Eastaboga, AL 36260 -- Tel. (205)-831-9682].
checkbox checkbox Small Tape Measure
checkbox checkbox Small Fishing Towel or hand cloth.
checkbox checkbox Replacement Hooks (4x strong #2) and Split Rings
checkbox checkbox Tackle Bag or Box and Lures -- Remember weight restriction!
Need Packed Item — Note that we provide these items and it is not necessary for you to carry them
If you choose to bring your own, bring at least 2 or 3 (as suggestioned below), rods break!
The most important factor in determining rod selection is your ability to cast large baits with a minimum of fatigue.
Use rods similar to those recommended below. All of these items are available from our Tackle-box
checkbox checkbox Medium Heavy Spinner - recommend Loomis Escape / 7' Med/Hvy - Mod-Fast Action, use with 50lb. test line and with a medium size spinning reel (ie. Shimano 4000 series) - for large lures.
Or, preferably
checkbox checkbox Medium Heavy Bait Caster - recommend Loomis Escape / 7' MHC - Mod-Fast Action, use with 50lb. test line ? fast retrieve casting reel (ie. Ambassadeur C4 -5600 or Shimano Curado) for large lures.
checkbox checkbox Medium Light Spinning Rod - recommend similar to Loomis Loomis Escape / 7' Med-Light Fast Action, use with 30lb. test line and small, light reel (ie. Shimano 2500 series), for jigs and light lures.
checkbox checkbox Optional — Medium Bait Caster - recommend Loomis LR842 -3C / 7' Medium - Mod-Fast Action, use with 30lb. test line and medium size casting reel (ie. Shimano Calcutta 250) for lighter lures (Zara Spook, Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow.
Need Packed Item — Note that we provide these items and it is not necessary for you to carry them
checkbox checkbox Reels - Reels should be good quality with adequate line capacity. Casting accuracy is important, so match rods and reels. The most important consideration is an excellent drag mechanism. Although spinning gear can be less tiring with heavy lures and fast retrieves, baitcasting generally provides greater accuracy and level trajectories to get under obstacles.
Need Packed Item
checkbox checkbox Line - 30 to 50 lb. test, when combined with a good drag setting and a little luck will catch most fish. Make sure you can tie a Palomar knot. Load your lighter rigs with 30 lb. test and the heavier gear with 50 or 65..
Need Packed Item — We DO NOT provide, or have these items available on site
This is a general purpose listing and is designed to provide a wide enough selection to cover a variety of rivers, water types and conditions (See lure selection chart). If you know which river you will be fishing, you can more efficently focus on the type size and color lure known to be effective on that fishery. Specially designed lure packages for our trips are available at competitive prices directly through Tackle-box.
checkbox checkbox Propeller type (6 to 10) - Big Game Woodchoppers, Riprollers, Pavon Props, in various colors and patterns.
checkbox checkbox Walking Sticks (4 to 6) - Super Spook, Jumpin' Minnow (upgrade hooks and split rings) in various colors and patterns
checkbox checkbox Minnow/Jerkbaits (8) - Yo-Zuris, Redfins, Long - A, Rapalas, in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns (hooks and split rings must be upgraded for all smaller size lures),
checkbox checkbox Crank baits (2 - Rat-L-Traps, Mag-traps, in a variety of sizes (hooks and split rings must be upgraded for all smaller size lures), colors and patterns.
checkbox checkbox Bucktail Jigs - (12 to 24) - Wide gap hooks, Peacock Rattle Jig, Red/Yellow, Red/White and other colors and patterns.
checkbox checkbox Spoons - (2) Johnsons Silver Minnow or others, in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns.
checkbox checkbox Miscellaneous - Lures that you have extreme confidence in and that you might want to experiment with. All lures should have strong, sharp hooks and split rings. Soft baits don't last long. Bigger baits tend to catch bigger fish. Remember weight limits.
For Fly Anglers Only…
Need Packed Item
checkbox checkbox Rods and Reels -- A stiff/fast action eight, nine or ten weight rod.
checkbox checkbox Fly Lines -- One or two Rio 300-grain Sink Tip line.' One full-floating, weight-forward line for poppers and sliders (IE. Scientific Anglers' 'Mastery Saltwater Tarpon').
checkbox checkbox Flies -- Bring at least two dozen streamers and ten poppers. Half should be bright and half dark shades.
checkbox checkbox Leader Material -- 35 to 50LB. Ande 'Tournament
checkbox checkbox Reel Covers -- reels can get banged up in the boat
checkbox checkbox Stripping Glove or Finger Sock (Lycra Sheath that fits over stripping finger) -- essential to prevent line burn while stripping.
Need Packed Item
checkbox checkbox Immunizations - Contact Public Health Service for their current recommendations, then visit your doctor and decide with him which ones are appropriate for you. Physicians may  recommend Yellow Fever, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Malaria, and Hepatitis.
checkbox checkbox Balanced tackle - If you’re bringing your own rods and reels, make sure to test the actual tackle you plan to use, on the water, with all the lures (including the heavy woodchoppers and rippers), and with the actual line. Sometimes two components just don't balance or work right together and something has to be changed. You can't fix or replace it in Brazil. When everything works well, then try it out some more. The practice won't hurt and you'll get a feel for the long term effort.
checkbox checkbox Passport - You need a valid passport and a Brazilian Visa. American credit cards work fine in Brazil. Bring adequate cash for tips and incidentals.
checkbox checkbox The sun - on the equator is incredibly strong. It will rapidly burn and dehydrate you if you are not acclimatized or properly equipped. Bring at least one set of protective clothes, expect to drink lots of water and use sunscreen lavishly. Sensitive individuals sometimes forget hands, feet, ears etc.and can get severe burns.
checkbox checkbox Luggage - You should be able to carry it all, by yourself, in one trip, if necessary. Shoulder straps are good. It will get bumped, wet, muddy and otherwise abused, so be prepared and don't use fancy silk or leather.
checkbox checkbox You will undoubtedly have some of your own special needs.

Where to Buy - The items recommended here can be found at most sporting goods outlets. All specialized items are available at www.Tackle-box.net or call 866 832-2987 or 866 431-1668 for help.

Assistance - That's what we do best. Call us, toll-free, anytime with any questions. We've taken thousands of anglers to Brazil over the last decade and we've learned how to do it right. Let our experience and our proven expertise ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us, toll-free or E-mail us.
Thanks for fishing with Acute Angling!

Paul Reiss: - (866) 832-2987 - E-Mail Paul Reiss
Garry Reiss: - (866) 431-1668 -E-Mail Garry Reiss


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