Great Mobility - Consistent Productivity

Rio Negro Basin - Great Numbers and Trophy Peacock Bass

Great Mobility - Consistent Productivity

Rio Negro Basin - Blackwater Explorer Yacht

Trip Details

Species: Peacock Bass, also Catfish, Aruana and others (location dependent)

Country: Brazil (Central Amazon Region)

Fishery: The Rio Negro and its blackwater tributaries

Season: mid-October through March

Accommodation Type: Yacht Mothership

Hosted by: Barbara Silva and/or Paul Reiss

Format: Double (or single) Occupancy, air-conditioned, en-suite cabins.

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 we can’t include are discretionary tipping and travel services provided by other entities. However, we will be happy to arrange  these services for you, upon request, 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.
  • Tipping — discretionary
  • Passports — required
  • Visas (for those countries where required — U.S., Canada and Australia are exempt.)
  • Fly Fishing gear

additional services & options:

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

  • International air transportation. Our travel representative can arrange and book flights for Acute Angling clients on international carriers servicing Manaus, Brazil.
  • All fishing tackle needed for this trip is included at no charge - However, for those who just have to have something additional, specialized gear, species and location specific, is available through;
  • Complete passport and visa service is available from ItsEasy Visa Services.
  • Single occupancy cabins and single boat or 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 full, 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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Sample Itinerary

The Blackwater Explorer yacht — Rio Negro basin

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 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. Village visits, jungle hikes, spotlighting trips and catfishing can be arranged.

Day 8
Early morning, take the charter 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.

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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
FN-01 Oct 13, 2021 Rio Negro Oct 20, 2021 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
FN-03 Oct 27, 2021 Rio Negro Nov 3, 2021 $4850/$5350 11 Openings
FN-05 Nov 10, 2021 Rio Negro Nov 17, 2021 $4850/$5350 9 Openings
FN-06 Nov 17, 2021 Rio Negro Nov 24, 2021 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
FN-07 Nov 24, 2021 Rio Negro Dec 1, 2021 $4850/$5350 9 Openings
FN-08 Dec 1, 2021 Rio Negro Dec 8, 2021 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
FN-11 Dec 22, 2021 Rio Negro Dec 29, 2021 $4850/$5350 8 Openings
FN-14 Jan 12, 2022 Rio Negro Jan 19, 2022 $4850/$5350 1 Opening
FN-19 Feb 16, 2022 Rio Negro Feb 23, 2022 $4850/$5350 8 Openings
FN-20 Feb 23, 2022 Rio Negro Mar 2, 2022 $4850/$5350 8 Openings
FN-21 Mar 2, 2022 Rio Negro Mar 9, 2022 $4850/$5350 10 Openings

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

Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Trips

Trip No. Departure Area Returns Price (Dbl/Sing)** Availability
GN-01 Oct 14, 2022 Rio Negro Oct 21, 2022 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-02 Oct 21, 2022 Rio Negro Oct 28, 2022 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-05 Nov 11, 2022 Rio Negro Nov 18, 2022 $4850/$5350 4 Openings
GN-06 Nov 18, 2022 Rio Negro Nov 22, 2022 $4850/$5350 12 Openings
GN-10 Dec 14, 2022 Rio Negro Dec 21, 2022 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-11 Dec 21, 2022 Rio Negro Dec 28, 2022 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-12 Dec 28, 2022 Rio Negro Jan 4, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-13 Jan 4, 2023 Rio Negro Jan 11, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-14 Jan 11, 2023 Rio Negro Jan 18, 2023 $4850/$5350 11 Openings
GN-16 Jan 25, 2023 Rio Negro Feb 1, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-17 Feb 1, 2023 Rio Negro Feb 8, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-18 Feb 8, 2023 Rio Negro Feb 15, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-19 Feb 15, 2023 Rio Negro Feb 22, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-20 Feb 22, 2023 Rio Negro Mar 1, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-21 Mar 1, 2023 Rio Negro Mar 8, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings
GN-22 Mar 8, 2023 Rio Negro Mar 15, 2023 $4850/$5350 14 Openings

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

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