Great Mobility - Consistent Productivity

Rio Negro Basin - Great Numbers and Trophy Peacock Bass

Great Mobility - Consistent Productivity

Rio Negro Basin - Mid-October – Mid-March

Blackwater EXPLORER

Arrive by charter flight and enjoy the full-featured comfort and security of a modern, air-conditioned mothership while you fish for the world’s largest peacock bass in the heart of the spectacular Brazilian Amazon.

On the Elegant Blackwater Explorer Yacht

Giant Peacock Bass (Cichla temensis), Catfish

Central Amazon Basin

Rio Negro Basin

Mid-October – March

Accomodation Type
Air-Conditioned Yacht

Hosted By
Lilian Da Silva

Double or Private Cabins


Giant Peacock Bass double header caught in the Rio Negro


Double Occupancy


Private Cabin

Trophy Peacock Bass caught on the Blackwater Explorer trip in the Rio Negro.
Rio Negro Peacock Bass Fishing Trip Information

This fishery is accessed by a Twin-Engine Embraer Bandeirante plane, and an example of the fishing boats used on this trip
Rio Negro Peacock Bass Fishing trip images

Great Mix of Numbers & Size
Great Group Atmoshphere

The Focus

Excellent Numbers and Size | Great Mobility | Consistent Productivity

The most consistent fishing trip in the Amazon! Our beautiful yacht roams the enormous Rio Negro basin from mid-October through March, concentrating on accessing productive waters. With hundreds of miles of complex, island-dotted archipelagos and dozens of fish-laden tributaries, this is the world's largest peacock bass fishery – and the Explorer is built to take advantage of it. Its great mobility and shallow-draft displacement hull let us go where conditions are best at a moment's notice.

Blackwater Explorer Rio Negro Fishing Trip

If you're looking for a laid-back trip with consistent action and a real chance at a 20+ pound trophy, this is the trip. Good daily catch averages (from 15 – 50 or more a day). Fish over 20 lbs. are taken here routinely.

Able to accommodate larger groups with Double or Single Occupancy cabins — Exclusive groups can close a date with from 10 to 20 anglers. Mixed groups are limited to 14. Charter flight access.

The Dinning Room and Upper Deck and Bar on the Blackwater Explorer.

Rio Negro Basin - Blackwater Explorer Yacht

What's Included

All of the following are included with the price of this “all-inclusive” 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-base hotel.
  • Six (6) + days of fishing
  • Seven (7) nights on the Blackwater Explorer
  • Double or single occupancy cabin
  • Gourmet meals; fine wines
  • Well-stocked open bar
  • Charter flights
  • Fishing licenses, lures, rods & reels
  • Guided fishing (2 anglers/ boat)
  • Dayroom at our Manaus home-base hotel

What's Not Included:

The only things that aren’t included in our packages are discretionary tipping and flights provided by commercial airlines. However, we will be happy to arrange and book your flights for you, with no service charge, as part of our “turn-key” trip package:

  • International air transportation. We recommend that you use our free service to arrange and book your international flights.
  • Tipping — discretionary
  • Passports — required
  • Visas — no visa is required for U.S., Canada and Australia.

additional FREE services, external services & Upgrades:

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

  • We will arrange and book your international flights for you, no charge.
  • All fishing tackle needed for this trip is included at no charge - Rods, reels, lines, even lures and fishing licenses are provided
  • Complete passport and visa service is available from ItsEasy Visa Services.
  • Single boat reservation upgrades are available upon request.


Fish for the world's most exciting gamefish while living aboard the beautiful, comfortably air-conditioned, "Blackwater Explorer" yacht.

Living aboard an elegant, air-conditioned yacht while fishing remote Amazon backwaters in nimble skiffs offers anglers the best of both worlds. Water levels and fishing conditions often change on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis in the Amazon. Our Blackwater Explorer yacht can readily keep anglers in the most productive water even in the face of sudden, changing conditions. Our great mobility allows us to access the most productive, remote Amazon waters, and when necessary, literally change river systems overnight. Endless miles of majestic, fish holding waters with hidden lagoons, winding creeks, placid lakes and sandy beaches. We concentrate on finding the rivers or regions with optimal water levels and productivity during each part of our fishing season. Our "turn-on-a-dime" flexibility allows us to find great fishing on every one of our trips. We boast extremely high daily catch averages (from 20 - 50, even 100 or more peacocks a day). Trophy fish in the teens are routine and plenty of monsters over 20 lbs. are taken each season. Great top water action and superb fly fishing opportunities. Anglers can also do battle with huge red-tailed catfish (up to 100 pounds) that are abundant in some of these river systems.

Return each evening to the comfort and security of the Blackwater Explorer. Our elegant yacht 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 well-stocked open bar make this not only the most productive, but also the most pleasant of Amazon fishing operations.

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Blackwater Explorer Yacht


Built to fish - Our "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 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. 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 others simply can’t get to.

Comfort and Security - The "Blackwater Explorer" will take you to some of the world's most remote fisheries, with more comfort than anyone could expect hundreds of miles away from the last vestiges of civilization. Hot showers, private bathrooms, personal air-conditioners, 110VAC in each cabin, reading lamps, storage cabinets - who could expect all this on an Amazon fishing adventure? You should! Spend your day on fast bass boats fishing productive, hidden backwaters, then return each evening to the comfort and security of the Blackwater Explorer. Added to this, the high level of personal service provided by our staff and the dedicated fishing expertise provide by our guides make the Blackwater Explorer the ultimate way to access the incredible Amazon peacock bass.

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Video Tour

· Beautiful, pristine surroundings
· Comfortable Accommodations
· Incredible Productivity
· Giant Amazon Peacock Bass

Some fishing trips are all about a single-minded purpose — This one is a lot more. It boasts access to the world's biggest peacock bass fishery with the world's biggest peacock bass, while bringing you to one of the world's most beautiful locations with crystal clear blackwater and sparkling white sand beaches.

Your trip starts with a spectacular charter flight over the central Amazon jungle in an Embraer Bandeirante to meet the Explorer in the season's optimal fishing waters. Here you'll find more creature comforts than you can imagine in the middle of the world's largest wilderness. The spacious cabins boast private bathrooms, air-conditioning, 110V electricity and hot showers. This is definitely not roughing it!

Our Blackwater Explorer yacht trip is our most popular and most consistently productive trip. This extremely comfortable trip is especially recommended for anglers whose focus is constant action with Amazon peacock bass. Our beautiful, air-conditioned boat was built specifically for the purpose of accessing optimal peacock bass water. Gourmet food, fine wines and first-class service will make you forget you're in the middle of the world's largest wilderness. Living aboard this elegant yacht while fishing remote Amazon backwaters in nimble bass boats gives anglers the best of both worlds. The Blackwater Explorer’s great mobility ensures that we are always in optimal fishing conditions and allows us to follow the dry season as it moves through the major basins in the Amazon.

Leo Stakos holds a striking peacock bass.

Don't want to fish every minute? Have a non-fishing partner? This is one of the few angling destinations where you can both be more than happy! Our staff will take you to visit Indian communities; join in a nighttime spotlighting foray; take nature-walks; enjoy shore lunches; or just take in the incredible surroundings; and when each day's adventure is over, return to our comfortable yacht. You can enjoy ice-cold cocktails and delicious appetizers while marveling at the spectacular sunsets from our upper deck bar and lounge area before indulging in a delicious dinner, complete with fine wines.

Join us on the Amazon's most popular fishing trip, the beautiful Blackwater Explorer yacht. Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure in an untouched land that time forgot.

Sample Itinerary

The Blackwater Explorer yacht — Rio Negro basin

Day 0 — International Travel
Depart U.S. via International flight. Arrive in Manaus, time depending on your itinerary. 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 our charter flight to the yacht in the early AM. Arrive before midday and receive a thorough orientation, then relax and enjoy lunch and get ready 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 the yacht at your leisure. Relax for an hour at lunchtime each day. Return to the yacht by 5:00 PM for appetizers, drinks and bragging, followed by a delicious dinner. Jungle hikes and spotlighting trips can be arranged.

Day 8
Early morning, take the floatplane back to Manaus, arriving before noon. Depending on your international flight itinerary, relax in a dayroom at our Manaus home base hotel or arrange a city tour of Manaus or head to the airport to depart Manaus via your International flight.

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

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Schedule and Availability

*Note — Dates not shown are full.

Rio Negro Basin - Great Numbers and Trophy Peacock Bass

Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price (Dbl/Sing)** Availability

** Price for a Double Occupancy Cabin vs. Private Cabin

Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price (Dbl/Sing)** Availability
HN-10 Dec 13, 2023 Rio Negro Dec 20, 2023 $5695/$6195 12 Openings
HN-11 Dec 20, 2023 Rio Negro Dec 28, 2023 $5695/$6195 9 Openings
HN-13 Jan 3, 2024 Rio Negro Jan 10, 2024 $5695/$6195 4 Openings
HN-14 Jan 10, 2024 Rio Negro Jan 17, 2024 $5695/$6195 2 Openings
HN-16 Jan 24, 2024 Rio Negro Jan 31, 2024 $5695/$6195 4 Openings
HN-17 Jan 31, 2024 Rio Negro Feb 7, 2024 $5695/$6195 4 Openings
HN-18 Feb 7, 2024 Rio Negro Feb 14, 2024 $5695/$6195 10 Openings
HN-19 Feb 14, 2024 Rio Negro Feb 21, 2024 $5695/$6195 OPEN
HN-20 Feb 21, 2024 Rio Negro Feb 28, 2024 $5695/$6195 OPEN

** Price for a Double Occupancy Cabin vs. Private Cabin

Fall 2024/Winter 2025 Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price (Dbl/Sing)** Availability
JN-07 Nov 18, 2024 Rio Negro Nov 25, 2024 $5695/$6195 OPEN
JN-08 Nov 25, 2024 Rio Negro Dec 2, 2024 $5695/$6195 OPEN
JN-09 Dec 2, 2024 Rio Negro Dec 9, 2024 $5695/$6195 12 Openings
JN-11 Dec 16, 2024 Rio Negro Dec 20, 2024 $5695/$6195 OPEN
JN-13 Dec 28, 2024 Rio Negro Jan 5, 2025 $5695/$6195 OPEN
JN-14 Jan 5, 2025 Rio Negro Jan 13, 2025 $5695/$6195 2 Openings
JN-15 Jan 13, 2025 Rio Negro Jan 20, 2025 $5695/$6195 OPEN
JN-17 Jan 27, 2025 Rio Negro Feb 3, 2025 $5695/$6195 12 Openings

** Price for a Double Occupancy Cabin vs. Private Cabin

Booking Info

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