Who are we? We’re the owner, operator, outfitter and organizer of the Amazon’s best fishing trips. We are a team of experts providing the information, services and support to ensure that you successfully realize the fishing trip of a lifetime. Based in two continents we manage, and coordinate a team of over 50 professional guides, chefs, mechanics and housekeeping staff. Here are some of our key people;
Paul Reiss, PhD. - Principal owner, founder and president of Acute Angling. After a successful entrepreneurial career, he fulfilled a lifelong biologist’s dream by founding a business that allows him and our angling clients to explore the world’s vastest wilderness while pursuing its fiercest sportfish. With over two decades of field experience, three fluent languages and a PhD in Neotropical Ichthyology, he is the sporting world’s foremost expert on giant Amazon peacock bass. There is no one better qualified to answer your Amazon fishing questions and deliver your Amazon trip.
Garry Reiss - Partner and General Manager - An accountant by training and former CFO and general manager of an independent mid-size company, Garry has the administrative acumen and experience to make sure that all of Acute Angling's complex scheduling, service responsibilities and business functions mesh into a seamless whole. Always available in our U.S. office, he is also the person who implement's every facet of your pre-trip planning and coordination. As Acute Angling's General Manager, Garry is the person to call with all of your administrative questions, requests, special needs and special planning.
Helen Reiss - IT Manager - Fishing is what we do best, but managing the information necessary to make your experience with us seamless requires software. After a life-long career in the Pharma industry performing precisely these IT focused roles, Helen has created a new client accessible system, unique in our industry, that will give you direct access to your own personal, cloud-based portal to manage your pre-trip preparations and follow-up. Gone are the days of paper forms and mailing in responses. Just log on, type-in, click and complete. Record-keeping, reporting and trip management is automatic, secure and with data accurately recorded and maintained. Although automation has reduced our paper-pushing burden, it will in no way diminish the hands on service and support we are known for. Quite the contrary, in fact! With our new systems are in place, Helen has become another member of our always available customer service group, able to help with any questions or user needs.
Norberto Guedes - Partner, operations and logistics manager - a wilderness expert, former shipbuilder, Amazon lumber expert and fishing camp manager, Norberto is responsible for the management and day-to-day operation of the Blackwater Explorer yacht and our Floating Bungalow operation. Well versed in the Amazon's network of rivers and routes, he coordinates supply delivery, staffing and maintenance of our two peacock bass focused Amazon operations, keeping them always working smoothly.
Wellington Melo - Partner, operations manager - a former commercial airplane pilot, Florida sportfishing guide and Brazilian government policy implementer, Wellington is our chief negotiator with Indigenous peoples and the corresponding responsible government agencies. He constantly searches for new fishing opportunities and organizes all of our exploratory trips into new waters. He coordinates the day-to-day management, supply and staffing of both our Multi-Species variety lodge and our periodic exploratory safari camps, Wellington is also the popular, bilingual camp host in both of these operations.
Daylla Guedes - Manager - An attorney by training, Daylla is our bilingual "boots on the ground" in Brazil. She is our legal representative, ensuring that all of our documents, permits and licenses are properly in place. She also spearheads the process of obtaining the permissions we need to operate in the wide range of fisheries we visit. Finally, Daylla is responsible for coordinating all of our complex logistics. Floatplanes, charters, transfers and hotels all come within her purview. Under her supervision, our logistics routinely fall flawlessly into place.
Maria Marta Alvarez - Travel Specialist - Well-versed in the schedules of both U.S. and South American airlines, Maria is the go-to person to arrange all aspects of your travel. As our representative with Dumonde Travel, Maria knows our schedule and knows precisely “when-you-need-to-be-where” in order to coordinate properly with your fishing trip. Your travel, when booked through Maria can also be modified by her, even while you are travelling. This is often an important consideration when charters are affected by untoward weather. Maria can have your connections rescheduled and in place even before you arrive at the airport. She is also available to extend your trip with additional travel to Brazil's tourist destinations. Want to spend a few days in Rio, visit Florianopolis or see Iguassu falls; Maria can arrange it all to fit seamlessly into your schedule.
And an entire team of polished professionals - It takes more than just a bunch of managers to make an operation like this function smoothly. Our team of dedicated staff includes Barbara Francisca, the popular bilingual, live-aboard host of our Blackwater Explorer trips and Heraldo Regis, host of our floating bungalow operation; Luiz Eduardo, our savvy, bilingual transfer agent, always there to pick you up on arrival and deliver you to each of the stops along the path of your fishing adventure; Marizete Guedes, Ruth Guedes and Erico da Silva, all of whom produce the most incredible food imaginable in the middle of the world's most remote rainforest; Tomas, Raimundo and Nelson, all mechanics par excellance, who keep our generators running, our air-conditioners cooling and our motors humming in each of our operations. Along with our expert guides and hard-working support personnel, they put the polish on our fine-tuned Amazon operations.