In Pursuit of the World Record

Amazon Peacock Bass in the Rio Negro Basin

In Pursuit of the World Record

Rio Negro Basin - Blackwater Adventurer

Trip Details

Species: Peacock Bass, sometimes Catfish, Aruana and others

Country: Brazil (Central Amazon Region)

Fishery: Rio Negro basin and tributaries

Season: January through March

Accommodation Type: Luxury Floating Hotel

Hosted by: Heraldo Regis or Barbara Silva or Norberto Guedes

Format: Up to 8 anglers in air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms, hot showers and plenty of creature comfort.

Price: $6250 per angler.

What's Included

The following is included with the price of the trip:

  • Comprehensive travel insurance for our clients (up to age 75) is provided via IMG Insurance.
  • Comprehensive Medical and site Evacuation services are provided via Global Rescue.
  • Airport assistance and transfers
  • Overnight at our Manaus home based hotel.
  • Six (6) + days of fishing
  • Seven (7) nights on the Blackwater Adventurer
  • Single occupancy cabin
  • Gourmet meals; fine wines
  • Open bar
  • Charter flights
  • Fishing licenses, rods & reels & lures
  • Guided fishing (2 anglers/ boat)
  • Dayroom at our Manaus home based hotel

What's Not Included:

These Items are not included in the price of the trip.

  • Air transportation to Manaus, Brazil
  • Tipping
  • Passports
  • Visas (for those countries where required — U.S., Canada and Australia are exempt.)

Upgrades and Extras:

Acute Angling provides these necessary services, options and upgrades for its clients as part of our turn-key trip package:

  • International air transportation. We can advise or book Acute Angling clients on international carriers servicing Manaus, Brazil.
  • All fishing tackle for this trip is included - additional gear, species and location specific, is available through;
  • Complete passport and visa service is available from ItsEasy Visa Services.


Fish for the world's most exciting gamefish on the beautiful, comfortably air-conditioned, "Blackwater Adventurer" Floating Hotel.

The Blackwater Adventurer provides a new level of comfort, exclusivity and intimate group size in its pursuit of the world’s most exciting freshwater gamefish, the giant peacock bass. Live aboard our brand new air-conditioned floating hotel while fishing remote Amazon backwaters in nimble bass boats.

The “Adventurer’s” unique design, featuring a super stable, super-shallow-drafting barge hull allows it to go anywhere, while it’s superior mobility allows it to quickly move into regions with optimal fishing conditions. The never-before implemented combination of these two critical fishing mechanisms, allows the “Adventurer” to maintain superior fishing productivity in a region where fishing conditions often change on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis.

Return each evening to the comfort and security of the Blackwater Adventurer. As in all Acute Angling operations, our luxurious new vessel boasts superb meals, fine wines, impeccable service and an Amazon atmosphere so comfortable, you never want to leave. Purpose built fishing boats, professional guides, incomparable knowledge of the fishery, well-appointed cabins and a full, open, bar make this the most pleasant of Amazon fishing experiences.

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View from the Adventurer


The Luxurious Blackwater Adventurer

Built to fish - Our new vessel’s navigational design is different than anything Acute Angling has ever built before. The Rio Curicuriari, where it was conceived, is a navigational challenge; with 90 miles of rocks and rapids in its lower reaches, making it pretty much inaccessible by normal vessels. So, we built our new flagship on a super shallow-drafting barge hull and we use super-safe, Cessna Caravan floatplanes to deliver anglers in comfort and ease, bypassing the difficulties. This vessel has been been built to fish. Its broad 7 meter beam maximizes its functional interior space while its unique barge-style hull, drafting less than ½ meter, lets it pass any obstacle. The Adventurer can easily penetrate into otherwise inaccessible regions. But more important for an angler — You’ll spend your day on fast bass boats fishing productive, hidden backwaters, then return each evening to a comfortable, secure accommodation that doesn’t have to leave to reach a runway, can get into the most difficult waters and has so much mobility that it isn’t tied to a given river or location.

Blackwater Adventurer Cabin Interior Blackwater Adventurer Open Bar Blackwater Adventurer Upper Deck Blackwater Adventurer Dining Room

Designed for fishermen - With a debarkation deck that accommodates it’s full complement of 8 anglers, you get started on your fishing day quickly, without crowding, fuss or confusion. The list of the Adventurer’s unique and luxurious features is long. Here are just a few.

  1. Private bathrooms w/sink, toilet and hot shower in each cabin.
  2. Roomy cabins with plenty of storage space.
  3. Two+ meter high ceilings. Gone are the days when six-footers have to duck.
  4. Spacious dining room and lots of walk-around space.
  5. Big, wide, non-slip stairwells.
  6. Large cabin windows provide river views.
  7. Super-shallow draft for improved access - less than ½ meter (18 inches or less).

Comfort and Security - The "Blackwater Adventurer" will take you to some of the world's most remote fisheries, with more comfort than anyone could expect. And, as in all Acute Angling operations, you can expect the same high level of personal service and the same dedicated fishing expertise that will make the Blackwater Adventurer the ultimate way to access the incredible Amazon peacock bass.

Blackwater Adventurer Cabin Interior

Sample Itinerary

Day 0 — International Travel
Depart U.S. via International flight. Arrive in Manaus in the late evening. After clearing customs, our transfer guide will meet you and bring you to our Manaus home base hotel, where you’ll overnight.

Day 1 — Transfer to Yacht
Board a Cessa Caravan floatplane directly to the “Adventurer” in the early AM. Arrive before midday, relax and enjoy lunch and gear up for an afternoon of fishing.

Day 2 through Day 7
Six full days of fishing. Your angling day begins with a 5:30 AM wake up call followed by breakfast at 6:00 AM. Your guide will be ready to depart at first light, although you can remain aboard at your leisure. Relax for an hour at lunchtime each day. Return to your home base by 5:00 PM for appetizers, drinks and bragging, followed by a delicious dinner. Jungle hikes, spotlighting trips and catfishing can be arranged.

Day 8
Early morning, take the floatplane back to Manaus, arriving before noon. Relax in a dayroom at our Manaus home base hotel or arrange a city tour of Manaus. Depart Manaus via International flight around midnight.

NOTE - Trip dates and Itineraries may vary depending on air carriers schedules and availability.

Blackwater Adventurer - Peacock Bass Fishing

Current Availability

Rio Negro Basin

Fall 2021/Winter 2022 Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price Availability
FA-05 Dec 14, 2021 Rio Negro Basin Dec 21, 2021 $6250 6 Openings
FA-06 Dec 21, 2021 Rio Negro Basin Dec 28, 2021 $6250 8 Openings
FA-07 Dec 28, 2021 Rio Negro Basin Jan 4, 2022 $6250 2 Openings
FA-08 Jan 4, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Jan 11, 2022 $6250 2 Openings
FA-09 Jan 11, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Jan 18, 2022 $6250 5 Openings
FA-11 Jan 25, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Feb 1, 2022 $6250 4 Openings

Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price Availability
GA-02 Nov 15, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Nov 22, 2022 $6250 8 Openings
GA-03 Nov 22, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Nov 29, 2022 $6250 8 Openings
GA-04 Nov 29, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Dec 6, 2022 $6250 8 Openings
GA-05 Dec 6, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Dec 13, 2022 $6250 8 Openings
GA-06 Dec 13, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Dec 20, 2022 $6250 8 Openings
GA-07 Dec 20, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Dec 27, 2022 $6250 8 Openings
GA-08 Dec 27, 2022 Rio Negro Basin Jan 3, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-09 Jan 3, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Jan 10, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-10 Jan 10, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Jan 17, 2023 $6250 6 Openings
GA-11 Jan 17, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Jan 24, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-13 Jan 31, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Feb 7, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-14 Feb 7, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Feb 14, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-15 Feb 14, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Feb 21, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-16 Feb 21, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Feb 28, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-17 Feb 28, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Mar 7, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
GA-18 Mar 7, 2023 Rio Negro Basin Mar 14, 2023 $6250 8 Openings
HA-05 May 12, 2023 Rio Negro Basin May 19, 2023 $6250 8 Openings

*Note — Dates not shown are full.

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