2019 Giant Peacock “Exploratory” fishing trip
If giant fish don’t interest you,
don’t read any further.
In September of 2018, we operated a 3 week exploratory trip on the Rio Curicuriari. Far to the most remote western edge of the Amazon basin, this protected river is the Rio Negro’s last unexplored giant peacock bass tributary. Although 3 weeks was hardly enough time to learn all aspects of this big river system, one important fact jumped out at us immediately … There are huge fish here! This beautiful blackwater river, completely enclosed within a remote Indian reservation, holds honkin’ big peacock bass that have never been fished before and never seen a lure.
We found four clear facts;
- There are huge fish here.
- This is not a numbers fishery.
- We are missing a ton of information about this fishery
- We’re going back to explore further!
This river has already shown us that it is a potential world record fishery, so we have extremely high expectations for our return. Our short visit produced an astounding 22 fish over 20 pounds in a short three week visit and a total of 54 trophy fish. Keep in mind that this doesn’t consider the amount of trophies lost … We estimate that as least as many trophy fish were lost as were landed, including some giants that simply overwhelmed our anglers.
This time around, we plan a four to six week Exploratory and we expect it to fill in the blanks about this fishery. We are planning to use an operating mechanism that will allow us to cover more water faster, with complete measuring instrumentation to precisely determine fishery parameters and with an array of fishing tools such as sonar and fish finders. Meanwhile, we are sending in 2 trained guides to probe the river every few weeks. They are fishing it and determining its behavior and productivity to help us home in on the best dates. We are also collecting and reviewing the last 10 years of rainfall, water level and overall system hydrologic data collected by Brazil’s version of the U.S. Geological Service.
We know there is a large contingent of peacock bass anglers whose primary goal is giant fish on surface lures … perhaps even a shot at the world record … and we know it’s quite possible here. Therefore, we have implemented an early registration program to accommodate those anglers who wish to ensure a space and also to help us gauge the necessary level of logistical demand in order to select the most appropriate operating mechanisms. Although we do not yet have precise dates scheduled, we are accepting fully refundable deposits for anglers who wish to pre-register and ensure their access to the available spaces. We expect to have a firmed up calendar by year's end.
Here’s how Early Registration will work;
We’ll designate our groups as # 1 (probably early September) through group # 6 (likely mid-October). Anglers can guarantee a space, risk-free, by contacting us by email or toll-free at 866 832-2987) and pre-registering for their preferred group number - up to 8 anglers per group.
A fully refundable deposit of $2000 per angler is required to hold a pre-registered space. Once dates are determined, registered anglers will be contacted and given the option to confirm their date, to adjust their date as necessary or to cancel their space for a full deposit refund. Upon confirmation, anglers will receive a complete reservation package with all information and materials necessary to go forward. Total trip price is $7950. Pre-registered anglers will receive a discount.You can buy cheaper trips and more expensive trips, but you can’t buy this kind of experience anywhere else at any price. Call us, toll-free, for more information. 866 832-2987.
The 2019 Curicuriari Exploratory will provide customer comfort levels equal to our regularly scheduled trips. Anglers will arrive via a 3½ hour floatplane flight. This is an extremely remote region, creating significant logistical challenges thus we have not finalized our operational mechanism, although we are leaning toward a mobile, air-conditioned operation.