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You Get More When You Fish with Acute Angling

Seminars about the Amazon, the fish and fishing techniques are available on many of our trips.
Seminars about the Amazon, the fish and fishing techniques
are available on many of our trips.

Every business claims that they're the best, that they go the extra mile and all the rest of the marketing buzzwords we expect. Frankly, that’s precisely how we also describe our product. But we actually do those things! We provide extra services, unique options and exclusive opportunities to our clients;

Some extras, like our attention to detail, our pre-trip services, our single layer of responsibility and our remarkably fair and just terms and conditions are not so visible until you examine them carefully and compare us with others. Some are part of our extensive "all-inclusive" package, delivered with our "turn-key preparatory services" and are simply included from the moment you sign up for a trip. Some, are included as part of our trips, like catfishing, indigenous village visits, jungle hikes, seminars, shore lunches, spotlighting adventures and Brazilian barbeques and more. But, some of our extras and options are seen, felt and experienced separately, so we've outlined a few of them for your information in this section. Simply click on the options in the menu to the left to learn more about us, the extras we provide and how we actually do go the extra mile.

"All-Inclusive", "Turn-key" Trip Packages

When you select an Acute Angling "All-Inclusive", "Turn-key" trip package, that means there will be absolutely no loose ends and no surprise costs! Every aspect of your fishing trip that is under our control is provided as part of our "All-Inclusive" package, with "Turn-key" delivery. Here are just a few of the items now included in our Amazon trips — at no extra cost!;

  • Exclusive! IMG trip cancellation insurance. Covers the full price of your Acute Angling trip — Value (if you had to buy it) = $295 or much more, depending on client age (limited to anglers up to 75 years of age).
  • Exclusive! Global Rescue Plan. - Complete jungle to home extraction — Value (if you had to buy it) = $119 for 1 week coverage (limited to anglers up to 75 years of age).
  • Exclusive! Use of all fishing tackle, rods, reels, line! — Value = other operations charge as much as $500. We provide high-end graphite rods and Shimano reels — at no charge.
  • Exclusive! Complete lure packages, alll the lures you'll need are provided, on-site. — Value = $125 and up.
  • Hotel stays, as specified by your standard fishing trip schedule.
  • In-country charter flights to and from the fishery.
  • All airport and hotel transfers.
  • Open bar, 24/7, in each of our accommodations.
  • A full suite of preparatory trip support services and pre-trip materials, provided as part of our thorough reservation package.
  • Daily laundry service
  • No Surprises.
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We provide all lures, high-end graphite rods and top-shelf Shimano reels, strung with PowerPro braid, for all of our anglers, at no charge.
We provide all in-country charter flights, to and from the fishery.
We provide all in-country charter flights, to and from the fishery.
Exclusive! Global Rescue Plan.
Exclusive! Global Rescue Plan.

Maybe a better way to look at this is to consider the very short list of what is out of our control and thus is not available as part of our All-Inclusive packages.

  • International airfare — Airline schedules and ticket prices are not influenced by anyone in the real world — but, we'll get your flights for you at the best, commission-free, rates.
  • Passports and Visas (where required) — These are issued and charged for by their respective governments — but, our service will make obtaining your documents easy.
  • Tipping — You control this. It's discretionary, but we'll give you recommendations.
  • Extra-trip activities — you may choose to buy stuff (a beer in the airport, souvenirs along the way) or be involved in city tours, restaurant visits, or extra activities. We can arrange city-tours via Fontur Turismo. Our Manaus transfer assistant, concierge and client representative is always available to help.

Fishing with us is surprisingly simple with our all-inclusive package with turn-key delivery. Contact us for more information.

"Turn-key" Services — We do it all for you. Relax and enjoy!

Before your trip begins - Once you select an Acute Angling, "All-Inclusive", "Turn-key" trip package, we will be guiding and supporting you every step of the way! Every aspect of your fishing trip — from booking with our easy registration system, preparing for your trip with your personal online portal, using our free, non-commissioned travel services, to the travel industry's most thorough pre-trip information — It's all carefully managed by our unparalleled U.S. based customer service team . Here are just a few of the services provided as part of your Amazon trip before you even leave home — all at no extra cost!;

  • Simple and easy Registration. You can select your trip from our online availability listing and reserve your space with a quick phone call or email. Talk to us on the phone or in-person at any of our trade show booths.
  • Your Personal Pre-trip Portal. Once you select an Acute Angling trip, we provide you with your own, personal, online portal to guide and inform you every step of the way. You control all of your trip preparations right from your desk or phone. It's quick, easy and error-free since our staff verifies your preparation every step of the way.
  • Travel Guidance and Ticketing Our dedicated travel rep is at your disposal to help you select and book the best flights for you. This service is completely free, usually more economical that the bargain websites and ensures that your travel itinerary is correct.
  • Detailed pre-trip information Our pre-trip information package clarifies every aspect of your trip, ensuring that you know exactly what to expect.
  • We'll even even tell you how to pack! We've done this for a while — over two and a half decades worth to be exact. We'll make sure you have exactly what you need to maximize your comfort and enjoyment during your trip.
  • A full suite of support services and pre-trip materials are provided as part of our thorough reservation package. Our dedicated U.S. support staff and customer service team make sure that everything goes smoothly.
  • No Surprises. No Mistakes. We make it simple and easy.
Cabela's Club Signature Amazon Outfitter
We are proud to be recognized by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Club as the "best of show" when it comes to Amazon fishing.
Our Unique, personal pre-trip portal let's you prepare every aspect of your trip conveniently, right from your computer or phone.
Our Unique, personal pre-trip portal let's you prepare every aspect of your trip conveniently, right from your computer or phone.
Safe and secure charter flights.
All of our trips are in remote locations and reached by charter flights, safely and securely, with a federally authorized carrier.

Once you arrive in Brazil -We'll be there to meet you and we'll be holding your hand all the way — from the moment you arrive, through your entire Amazon Adventure, and right up until your departure for home — we'll be there, all the way. Our experienced Brazilian staff and incomparable operating teams will always be at hand, providing exemplary, first-class service.

  • Airport Reception. Our Manaus concierge staff will be waiting for you upon your arrival. They're easy to recognize in our Acute Angling livery.
  • All transfers. You'll leave the airport in an air-conditioned van, accompanied by our staff transfer rep, your concierge while in Manaus.
  • Our Home Base Hotel. Depending on your travel itinerary, you'll spend at least a night at our comfortable and friendly 4-star Manaus hotel. Our staff will be available to help with any needs you may have.
  • Charter Flights to the fishery We fish in remote, isolated areas. There are no roads! We bring you there, safely and securely in state-of-the-art chartered aircraft.
  • English-speaking host. Each of our operations has a dedicated, multi-lingual host — your representative and translator throughout your stay in our Amazon fishing adventures.
  • Thorough orientation. Our staff will make you at home the moment you arrive. They'll explain everything about the accommodations, the day's plans and how your trip will unfold.
  • Daily Laundry and Room Service. Pack light. We do laundry every day. Find your cleaned and folded clothing in your room when you return from your day of Amazon fish wrangling.
  • Chefs, waiters, bartenders. All at your service to make certain that you enjoy our great food, fine wines and open bar, just the way you like it.
  • The Amazon's best fishing Guides. Experienced, skillful, patient and polished, our guides are the best in the business. They will make certain that your experience is the best it can be. They'll change your lures, tie your knots and land your fish, ensuring your angling success and making each day on the water an absolute pleasure.

Acute Angling's Amazon trips are "all-inclusive" with "turn-key", first-class service. Contact us for more information.

COVID-19 Safety — Your health and well-being is our priority.

The world has become a bit more complicated. - We humans haven't seen circumstances like these in over 100 years — the 1918 influenza pandemic. Yes, that settled down long ago, but the flu is still with us and still an important consideration in our world. Today, COVID-19 has become our greatest health threat, although with vaccines, protective protocols and palliatives we have begun to send it into the background as we did the flu. But just like the flu, it isn't gone yet and maybe never will be. Nonetheless, the world is slowly reopening and life goes on. Today, travel takes more effort and more care by travelers and providers alike. Here's what we've done to make sure you are safe and secure on your journey.

  • Cleveland Clinic protocols. The Adventure Travel and Tourism Association has adopted and fine-tuned the Cleveland Clinic's COVID-19 protocols. We have adapted them precisely to our fishing operations and we practice these protocols on all of our Amazon trips.
  • Vaccinations. Every Acute Angling staff member is vaccinated. Amazonas state and the city of Manaus have progressed rapidly with vaccination. Today, the region has among the world's highest vaccination rate, surpassing the U.S. in percentage of vaccinated individuals. The region is the safest it has been since this all began.
  • Remote and safe locations. We fish in some of the world's most remote locations. The jungle is COVID free.

    Acute Angling's Amazon trips have been adjusted to meet the world's new reality and to ensure our angler's safety. Contact us for more information.
We Follow ATTA COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines
Based on the Cleveland Clinic's protocols,
we take every precaution to ensure your health and safety.
  • Cleveland Clinic Protocols.
  • 100% Fully Vaccinated staff.
  • Pre-travel testing assistance.
  • Remote and safe fishing locations.
  • Pre-return testing on-site.
  • Travel Insurance, with international healthcare coverage.
  • Full contingency plan.

Links for current information:

Current COVID status in Amazonas/Manaus
https://www.fvs.am.gov.br/indicadorSalaSituacao_view/60/2

Current COVID status in Brazil
https://covid19.who.int/region/amro/country/br

Current vaccination status, worldwide
https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations

Air Travel has become more complicated too -We can no longer just hop on a plane and fly anywhere in the world. Governments have implemented new regulations. Airlines are changing schedules. Testing has become the new norm. Our turn-key packages have been adjusted to make your travel as easy as possible in our world's current reality. Here's what we've done to make sure your travel is as easy and trouble-free as possible.

  • A dedicated travel representative. We provide a complete, cost-free, travel service to help you select and book the best flights for you. If airlines change flights, schedules or even cancel, our travel rep can quickly make the changes necessary to get you to us on time.
  • Pre-travel testing assistance. Until things change, you'll need a negative COVID-19 test before boarding an international flight. We can help you locate a provider near you.
  • Travel Insurance Coverage. Acute Angling's insurance provider (for anglers under 75) provides international healthcare coverage and will protect you if you cannot travel.
  • Return testing. We have contracted with a clinical laboratory in Manaus to ensure economical and timely testing that complies with current requirements for your return home. You are sampled immediately upon your charter flight return.
  • We have a contingency plan. Although it has never happened since our return to operation, if an angler were to test positive prior to departure for home, we have a thorough contingency plan in place.

    Acute Angling monitors current regulations and flight availability to facilitate our angler's compliance with commercial air travel requirements.

Kayak Fishing in the Amazon

Blending the Ultimate in Exotic Fishing with High-Adventure Paddle Sport.

Amazon Peacock Bass Kayak Fishing
We’ve added another dimension to our already exciting adventures – kayak fishing in the Amazon

Acute Angling is recognized as the Amazon’s premiere provider of fishing trips for peacock bass and exotic Amazon gamefish species. We’re known for expending our efforts, first and foremost, to find the kind of extreme adventure fishing experience that is fast disappearing from our planet. We go where others can't or won't to give anglers the opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind Amazon wilderness adventure. Now we’ve added another dimension to our already exciting adventures – kayak fishing in the Amazon.

Fully Equipped Ascend FS-10 Fishing Kayaks
Fully Equipped Ascend FS-10 Fishing Kayaks will prowl the Amazon for Exotic Species

Catching a powerful peacock bass, pugnacious payara or massive Amazon catfish is incredibly exciting, no matter how you approach it. So, imagine the intensity of experiencing this ultimate level of freshwater fishing up close and personal from a kayak! It is, simply put, the ultimate combination of primeval wilderness paddle-sport with exotic species angling. Acute Angling offers kayak fishing as a no cost option on all of its regularly scheduled Multi-species and Floating Bungalow fishing trips. We use fully equipped Ascend FS10 Sit-In Angling Kayaks. These are feature-packed boats designed for serious anglers, The FS10's advanced "V"-style hull design incorporates an extended keel with aggressive strakes and performance rocker for superior maneuverability, tracking, stability, and easy paddling on the water. The large open cockpit offers easy entry and exit with little restriction of movement while casting and retrieving. Deluxe seats provide an extremely comfortable ride and adjustable foot braces allow a comfortable fit for any size anglers. Bungees over the built-in multipurpose sternwell and bow make it easy to lock down your fishing gear while moving from spot to spot. A trained fishing guide with a motorized back-up bass boat and complete resources will always be near at hand to help with tackle, techniques or navigation and will always keep you in sight for any other assistance needed.

Here’s what one of our clients, said about his Amazon kayak fishing adventure on our Rio Travessao multi-species variety trip;

Peacock Bass Kayak Fishing on The Rio Travessao
The Rio Travessao offers kayak anglers the best of both worlds … awesome fish and spectacular waters.

We get up at sunrise, my guide takes me five miles up river in our fishing boat. I slide into my kayak as the guide moves the aluminum bass boat away … then abruptly comes back and shakes my hand like he will never see me again. Wow! This is surreal! All alone...200 miles from civilization. I’m a little uneasy. Then, on my very first cast I hook a monster Peacock … It pulls the kayak around like its nothing. The feeling of landing it all by myself with no guide is exhilarating.

 

Catching peacock bass, wolfish, bicuda and others in an Ascend FS-10 kayak
Sandy caught peacock bass, wolfish, bicuda and more from his kayak. Anglers fish from stable and fully equipped Ascend FS-10 sit-in fishing kayaks.

For a while afterwards, I just drifted taking it all in … Me and the river …. howler monkeys, caiman, river otters, hundreds of butterflies, macaws, a toucan … things you would never see if you were in a noisy motorboat The guys in the bass boats may have caught a few more fish but they missed out on the experience of a lifetime. This one day was worth the whole trip and will forever be etched in my memories as the best day of my life! Totally Awesome! Thank you! This separates the men from the boys:) Sandy Blauvelt, TX

Kayak fishing in our lowlands peacock bass fishery
The peaceful waters of our lowlands peacock bass fishery will lull you into a paddler’s reverie — until the explosion of a monster peacock bass shocks you into awareness!

Our floating bungalow camp offers kayaks and takes you away from the crowds. Here, kayak anglers can paddle their way down calm lowlands rivers and fish in placid lagoons and backwaters. But that’s where the peacefulness ends, however. Once you hook up with a big, psychotic peacock bass, you’ll understand why kayak fishing is more like hand-to-hand combat than anything you’ll experience on a bass boat.

The Rio Travessao
The Rio Travessao has it all… fast-moving descents, rocky-defiles, placid back-waters and still pools.

Our Exotic Species Lodge in the protected Rio Travessão features an amazing array of fierce fishes of the Amazon; Saber-toothed payara; giant wolfish; feisty peacock bass; acrobatic bicuda; chunky pacu; ponderous redtail cats; agile sorubim and the Amazon’s biggest goliath catfish, the gigantic piraiba. Here, kayakers and anglers will find not only extreme multi-species fishing opportunities, but also a challenging, rapids-laced, waterway. There has never been a kayak fishing trip like this! If having real adventure in your travel is your idea of a good time, then this is the ultimate in adventure travel!

Kayak fishing is available to anglers at no extra charge, but should be requested in advance. For more information about Acute Angling and our Amazon fishing trips, and for any questions, specific information about kayak fishing or to arrange a trip, please call us, toll-free at 866 832-2987 or contact us via email.

Kayak fishing for peacocks is a question of who is catching whom… a big peacock will tow you behind! But if you land it, the result is a kayak selfie.
 
A peacock bass caught from a kayak on the Rio Travessao

New - Acute Angling Photo Gallery

See what our Amazon anglers have caught; or show off your Amazon catch.

Amazon Photo Gallery
Acute Angling’s Amazon adventurers can create their own, online photo gallery and share it with whomever they wish.

Anglers take lots of photos — to remember their experiences, to capture the spectacular scenes and scenery and to share them with others. We’ve helped with those goals a bit in the past by publishing some of your trophy shots in our newsletter and throughout our website, but now we’ve taken it to the next level. All Acute Angling clients now have access to their own Acute Angling Photo Gallery account, where they can share their images. They can share only with select people they invite, or they can make them available to the entire fishing universe of the internet. Acute anglers can show the world their trophies, their memories and their artistic impressions … but most of all, they can share their Amazon fishing mojo!

If you have fished with us, you can request your own personal gallery by clicking below;

Contact us

Arapaima Day Trip

New Guaranteed hook-up, Catch up to 3 big arapaima per day in our exclusive fishery. Plus—Tambaqui, Matrinchão, Cara, Pacu, small peacocks

Once again, we've found a way to provide our Acute Anglers with special options and special treatment. We've created a brand new 1-day arapaima add-on to any of our regular trips, and we guarantee at least one hook-up!

185 pound arapaima
We’ve caught them over 225 pounds here. This guy was 185.

Arapaima can be tough. Most of the waters that hold them are loaded with food and are replenished each year by the flood pulse. By the time these beasts start getting hungry, the rains come and they leave their temporary dry season lakes to rejoin the river-spanning flooded forests. Under these conditions arapaima are choosy and lazy, preferring slow moving baitfish and inhalable shrimp. They just won’t bother with artificial baits under these conditions. But we never stop searching—we’re always looking for the next fishing opportunity. In a recent exploratory, we found a great solution; a chain of 5 isolated lakes independent of the floodplain; fishable during our entire season and with hungry fish that take lures and flies!

Did I say they take lures and flies? You can bet on it and we will! (presuming you have at least a basic ability to deliver a lure). If you don’t hook up at least once, we’ll refund your entire trip cost! If you don’t hook up at least twice or land at least one fish we’ll give back half the trip cost. How’s that for a guarantee! Here’s why we’re so confident. In the first morning of our exploratory here we quickly probed three of the five lakes and hooked up with big arapaima on swimming plugs, jigs and flies. Better yet, they just crushed Zara Spooks, exploding on them the way you’d expect a 100 pound peacock would (if a 100 pound peacock existed, that is)! We hooked up 9 times between two anglers with huge adult fish from 80 to 200 pounds, all in a single morning. We were so taken with this fishery that we spent the afternoon hiking around and figuring out how our anglers would best access each of the five lakes.

A fisheries census taken on these lakes shows the total population of adult arapaima here to be around 1000 fish. We’ve set a daily limit of three fish per angler to protect this fishery, so it will be a long, long time before they start wising up to anglers. We think we’re making a pretty safe bet, so we’ll continue to offer our guarantee.

What happens if you limit out on arapaima? Why you simply switch tactics and gear and fish for big tambaqui, chunky cara açu, pacu and small peacock bass. You can even take an ultralight spinner or bring a light fly rod and fish for matrinchão. Catch all you can. You’ll have the rest of the fishing day full of unusual fish to add to your list.

We want to protect this fishery. Arapaima are notorious for succumbing to excessive stress and handling, so we’ve instituted a 3 per angler per day limit. We want to minimize breakoffs or extended struggles, so we’re providing the rods and reels and line (you may bring your own only if it has the same or better capability). Fish must remain in the water to be unhooked by your guide; you may join in for photographs and the release if you wish. Your English-speaking guide will make sure you are successful and help with all fish handling aspects of the day.

Here’s the program. This one-day trip is only available as an add-on to an Acute Angling trip. It is not available to other anglers. The trip includes:

  1. One extra night at our Manaus home base hotel
  2. Pick up and return to our Manaus home base hotel (approx. 1 hour drive time).
  3. Delicious lunch, Amazon style.
  4. One day guided fishing.
  5. All conventional rods, reels, line. Not included: lures, fly fishing gear.

We have negotiated an exclusive agreement for this privately owned fishery and it will be available throughout our entire fishing season as an add-on to any of our four fishing trip types. Price per angler is $1250 USD. Anglers will fish two to a boat with a Brazilian guide. We prefer to limit access to 2 anglers per day if at all possible, so dates should be arranged well in advance to be certain you can adjust your travel and attach this side-trip successfully to your existing trip schedule.

Call us, toll-free, for more information. — 866 832-2987

Acute Angling’s Amazon Explorations

Amazon Exploratory Fishing Trips
Sometimes our explorations find unbelievable and unexpected sights — sometimes they are also a limit to how far we can go.

The term “Exploratory Trip” has been used to describe just about any kind of Amazonian travel - from Teddy Roosevelt’s famous jungle journey to a luxury sightseeing cruise. But we’re fishermen and what we care about is finding fish. So, this section is devoted to describing our unique exploratory trips and clearly defining how they work and what they entail.

I’m an impatient fisherman and it's the impatient fisherman's dream to go where the fish don't make you wait. That's why the most unexplored and unknown regions are always my first choice. Every time I hit a stretch of new water, my eyes open wide and my fishing antennae go up? Who knows? This just might be the place where I end up surrounded by schools of aggressive, swirling, feeding fish, all of them, just as impatient as I am. Find out more and perhaps you’ll join us on our next exploratory journey.

Warning - Exploratory trips are not for everyone. They can sometimes include basic accommodations, simple meals, untrained staff, and unpredictable itineraries. You’ve got to be in it for the adventure or you’re better off with our tried and true scheduled trips.

How Do the Exploratory Trips Work?

Scouting out the fishing deep in the Amazon
Before any large scale exploration is planned, the Acute Angling team generally operates a short preliminary exploration, often checking out a location with nothing more than a boat full of camping gear and their fishing tackle.

Over the years we’ve operated several dozen exploratory trips. Some have been fantastic, providing us with new fisheries (like the Rio Travessao or the Rio Curicuriari), while some have shown us that the waters we’ve explored just don’t hold up to the standards of productivity we demand. So, we’ve learned to do our exploring in two stages.

Our first stage is generally a quick (3 days or so) visit, usually just a core Acute Angling team, but sometimes we invite a client or two. We eat fish, sleep in a tent or hammock and take care of our personal ablutions off in the woods … and we fish. As you might imagine, we’ve done this a few times before and we’re pretty quick about taking the measure of a place. If we’re catching the type of fish we seek and enough of them, we have the baseline information to determine that a more detailed effort is justified.

Amazon Exploratory Fishing Trip Camp
Sometimes exploratory trip accommodations are pretty simple — a few tents on a beach and a floatplane to get you there.

That leads to a full scale exploration, the type we invite anglers to join us on. Sometimes the accommodations are basic; as in safari style tents. Sometimes we are able to move in with more comfortable accommodations; such as our floating bungalows or an air-conditioned boat. We use the mechanism that provides us with the best access to the fishery.

We usually plan on three or four weeks and up to eight anglers per week. This is the true test of a fishery. How will it hold up to pressure? What have learned that we didn’t see on our preliminary visit? What species are we finding? Is this a place that deserves to become part of our regular schedule? We figure it out together. Our exploratory anglers always have a very special Amazon experience. They enjoy a visit to a unique, pristine river, catch a species mix they might never otherwise encounter and take away lifelong memories. Even when they don’t lead to new destinations, our exploratory trips always provide first class fishing adventure. Who knows where we'll be the next year?

Fly-in Floating Bungalow Amazon Exploratory Fishing Trip Camp
Sometimes things are a bit more civilized, like when we use our comfortable air-conditioned floating bungalow cabins.

Watch for our newsletters or updates to the "Our Trips" section to learn about where we’re going next and what's available. Or just give us a call, toll free at - 866 832-2987. We'll be happy to tell you all about it. Whether it's right for you or not, is a question you'll have to determine. What is unquestionable, however, is that no one but Acute Angling offers you extraordinary opportunities such as this. We go where no one else dares.

 

Want to hear about someone’s exploratory experience? Read Steve Townson’s article about his adventures on our Exploratory trip to the Rio Pacu a few years ago.

 

Surviving an Amazon Exploratory Trip While
Filming a TV Fishing Show… by Steve Townson

Steve Townson with a Payara
Author, Steve Townson, and a toothy Rio Pacu friend.

Where do you start? Well, first you gotta have an outfitter worth his weight in gold. Then you have him find you a pristine, virgin bit of liquid in Brazil (that means a far-away river full of fish, not an unopened bottle of Brazilian Cachaça). Once this is set, you call up the big boys, the guys with budget sheets and storylines who then send in a man with cameras, lenses and tripods and all sorts of gizmos to start a real-live shoot in the Amazon. Hah, they won’t know what hit them when I finish with them!!

So with all this in mind, Acute Angling partners, Paul Reiss and Wellington Melo sorted us out a trip where we could find all of the above and perhaps even more. Off we went, out into the wilderness of the Northeastern frontier of the Amazon Basin, no holds barred. Now as a Brit, and as I want things to run smoothly on the production side, I wanted, no, I demanded another Brit as a cameraman. You know the sort, an understanding, calm, willing to go that extra yard type; won't mind the blood and snot and bugs sort of guy. Once James was on board, he set off to meet me. To say his trek was long is an understatement; leaving on a Saturday morning from London, to São Paulo via Madrid, Sunday on to Belem and then overnight in the Amazon town of Monte Dourado. I crossed my fingers in hopes of finding him in one piece on Monday, with all his cases and cameras waiting for me after over 50 hours of travelling.

Steve Townson on TV
Steve has joined us on many trips and filmed many shows with Acute Angling. He can be seen on TV as the “Fish Finder”

So it goes like this. Steve leaves Manaus with gang in a floatplane. Fly 2 1/2 hours, re-fuel in Santarem, then a 1 1/2 hour leg to the Pacu, drop off the remainder of the gang and supplies and then onwards, upwards to Monte Dourado to pick up James the cameraman and get back to camp.

On arrival at the empty airport, my man was not there, his UK cell number unobtainable and the woman I had arranged to pick him up the day before was not taking my calls. “Great” thought I, “Now what do I do?” After an eternity, Jimbo finally arrives in an old rust bucket of a car with two very classy looking chicks in high heels and a big smile on his face. "Explanations later please, c´mon let’s get started filming! First a quick PTC (that's ‘Piece To Camera’ to you not 'au fait' with TV jargon). then off we went skywards with piles of beer, soft drinks, food and supplies onto base camp one!

Now, anyone in the film industry knows, proper storylines must be strictly adhered to, right? UHuuuuuh, NOT HERE IN THE AMAZON! Things just don’t work out as one might plan. Day one and two brought fret and worry from James as the fish were just not playing ball. We thought surely to make a fishing show, we needed a few fish, right? Around every bend, in every eddy, behind every rock, fish were there for the taking … or were they??? Something just wasn't right. To the frustration from my cameraman, all I could do was joke, “Maybe we should have been here last week”!! “Not funny Steve” was the reply!! “You promised me fish and loads of ‘em and that's what I want”! Well, it took till day three, to understand the right catching methods and the wily ways of this distant river’s fish. We could finally see it in our grasp.

Not to be flummoxed, we and our motley crew set off miles upriver the morning of day four, where a temporary camp was set up to take us weary anglers in and feed and water us after a long day of travelling and fishing. This was home for the next two nights. Mile after mile was covered getting to this promised land. And we did it. We arrived. Hot, burnt, tired and with some fish under our belts. Great, the storyline was actually coming together, tales of far-flung, never- fished before waters, animals and all manner of beasts were all around us. The crazy thing was I caught most of my best fish within 200 yards of this camp!

Day five and even further upwards we went. We fished in some of the most beautiful surroundings and amazing mountainous backdrops I have ever seen. When some of the group started to catch Payaras immediately in one deep pool, I though surely I would too. I thrashed the water to a froth for what seemed like ages until finally I had one single hit. But this wasn’t an ordinary fish, oh no. This guy must have had two bowls of Cheerios for breakfast because he immediately stripped out over 150 yards of 65lbs line. Now, our ‘guide’ Raimundo (actually a “Brazil Nut” courier) decided the best thing was to follow the fish backwards in the boat! If you have never done this before in a rock-strewn river, then don’t! Although this might sound fun to most of you, well, you’ll end up in the drink, just like moi! The engine hit a rock (Really, how did that happen??) and in I went, radio mike and all. The end result was a cracking 20lb Payara and a very wet fishing show presenter. After all, we wanted good footage, right? Any Brit show-man would do the same surely for Queen and country?

Day six and off we set downriver and back to base camp. We fished all the way down and had plenty of action; Sorubim Catfish on lures and cut-baits, Peacock Bass on Spooks and jigs, Payara and Bicuda that stretched our arms and lines and Redtail Cats and other denizens of the deep on cut-baits. We even caught Pacu using Brazil nuts as bait. And how about that great shore lunch? Peacock and Piranha, yum. That evening, back at camp, our ‘guide’, with me having promised him ‘a little extra’ if he could wing it, seals the deal to have the mutually shared camp harpoon that night. The storyline would show us living off what we caught etc., showing that we don’t really need a rod and line to survive in the deep, dark, mysterious Amazon jungle. Well would you believe it, said harpoon suddenly got broken. “Don't worry, we'll do it “amanha, it'll be fixed by then”! Okkkkk, we'll see. Last night ... remember …. So our producer rewrites this into the storyline and all is set. Day seven and our last full day, we fish the lower reaches below base camp with some smaller Payaras and Bicudas being caught. While filming my attempts at fly fishing, I missed a huge Payara at my feet but was rewarded by a large Peacock Bass from the rapids below a beautiful waterfall setting. Another string to our bow, as it were. Oh, and I got a chunk taken out of the knuckle of my left index finger by being too smart with a Piranha. Loads of blood for the camera. Great stuff!! Right then, we got film, we got fish, we got ……. did I mention Raimundo, our Brazil nut courier as a 'guide'? Anyway, we finally had a storyline, what we now needed was more of the above to complete at least two episodes. How about that spearfishing we were promised, ? Hmmm.. . Unfortunately it never made film. Now a typical producer likes his t’s crossed and his i’s dotted so this just wouldn't do. “But James, this is South America” said I. “Too bad” says big Jim, “we have to do it, it’s in the storyline”.

So, in the morning, while we had three hours to wait for the plane to arrive, I said , “maybe we can fix the storyline with that one unusual fish that no one has probably ever seen on TV before? Let's give it a go, we’ve still got a few hours to go yet. Maybe a big ugly thing with fangs and whiskers and teeth and spikes and stuff, that farts and burps for the camera?” So we wended up river with a bag of 20 inch worms dug up from the deep South and cast out our lines. Literally with only 15 minutes to go before the bell went, my reel started singing. Not the usual slow taking of line but a furious zzzzrrr rrrrrr rrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr that made me jump and grab the rod in a panic. Was this the one we needed? After 10 minutes I brought a magnificent Sawside Catfish or Cuiú to the boat. Weighing in at just over 25lbs I thought it was a good enough size to show off about. And I had never seen another on TV with its crazy side moon-shaped scales and sharp spikes, so I truly believed we had done it. Back to camp we went with a smile on our faces. I have since learnt that the World record for a Sawside Cat is 24.5lbs!! If only I knew that info before, I could have acted my shirt off, you know, played up to the camera a bit more, but then that wouldn't be real TV, would it?

SO folks, that’s a wrap, that's how you do it. Really easy, eh? Just grab a cameraman by the shorts, shoot realms of film and deal with it when you get home. Yeah right!! The hard work has only just begun. Now back to real life and the editing room in the UK. And we’ve still got the VOs to do, (that's Voice Overs to you)! …. By Steve Townson

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