BRAZIL - RIVER PLATTE

Location

At the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Negro, 3' south of the equator, and 1000 miles inland. The Amazon Basin is about as large as the United States.

The Fishing

This is the true jungle: you are surrounded by rainforest with the sounds of toucans, macaws, and howler monkeys everywhere. You fish in primal jungle lagoons. For the duration of the fishing trip guests will be in the middle of an Unini [Native Brazilian] reserve. One surprising feature to this trip is that there are not many bugs: the tannin content of the water prohibits much insect breeding. The Lodge seeks out trophy Peacock Bass in obscure, unpopulated [except by fish] watersheds. With its extremely shallow draught, the caravan of barges bases itself about 4-6 hours upstream of the other fishing traffic. The beauty of the floating cabins is that guests will be sleeping right in the midst of the best peacock bass waters, meaning that there are no long boat rides and no time wasted driving to the best fishing locations. Guests are already there! River Platte's fly-in floating cabins are the perfect fishing tools, providing headwaters access, mobility, comfort and luxury. River Platte selects locations with productive secluded lagoons, hours away on the fastest bass boats from the melee of competing house boats and lodges congregated on the Rio Negro's main channel water ways.

This unique mobility allows guests to fish in areas above the natural barriers: shallow water, sandbars and rapids that prevent passage of sport fishing yachts and commercial fishing boats. The record-holding Peacock Bass was from this exact area, caught in 1994 weighed in at 27 pounds. There are no expensive daily fly-outs. There are no crowded waters. This is one of the most unique fishing adventures we've ever come across and is ideal for guests who are looking for some first rate Peacock Bass fishing in a truly extraordinary environment.

Fly and Spin welcome!



Trip Information

Documents Required

When coming to Brazil, you must be sure that your passport is valid for at least six months after the date of entry. Check with your local Brazilian embassy or consulate whether or not you require a visa to enter the country.

Visas Required

US and Canadian citizens, Australians and New Zealanders and people of other nationalities require consular visas to enter Brazil.

Boats and Equipment

16 feet to 21 foot bass-boats with 40 h.p.outboards. To get in and out, there are 3 Cessna Turboprop floatplanes

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Species

peacock bass, pacu, pirapitanga, jacunda, apapa, tambaqui, pescada, pirarcu, picuda, armana

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Season

mid-September to mid-March

Capacity

8 anglers in the Barge float cabins 16 anglers on the Blackwater Explorer

Accommodations

There are two different options available. The 'Barge Camp' consists of a linked caravan of 6 barges with very shallow draught (less than 6 inches), and are highly maneuverable. This portable fishing camp can go almost anywhere! Each small cabin-barge is a roomy 10x15 foot steel-frame barge accommodating 2 anglers with carpet, screens, insulation, and its own bathroom. Each also has its own kitchen, freezer, fridge, phone, and air-conditioning. 14 staff (guides/crew/chefs) also travel in the caravan. Each of the floating cabin operations are managed by a knowledgeable fisherman, experienced in handling the logistics inherent in Amazon fishing operations. Since the groups are small, the staff and bilingual host offer uniquely personalized hands-on attention. Breakfast room service, laundry service and guest satellite phone are a few of the available amenities. The alternative is an amazing floating hotel, the 76 foot Blackwater Explorer, a 3-story riverboat with 10 double staterooms. The boat features a bar, many bathrooms and two dining areas. It accommodates 16 anglers with 14 person crew to meet guests every need.

Getting There

Guests will travel to Miami on Thursday for the 8.30 pm flight to Manaus, which takes about 5 hours, arriving in the middle of the night. You will overnight in Manaus, and in the morning the lodge will arrange the ground transfer for the charter flight out to the barge, (takes about an hour.) You must pack everything you need in a duffel bag, rather than a hard shell suitcase and its weight must not exceed 36 pounds, as the same small plane must carry 8 anglers and all of their luggage. You must bring your own fly rods and reels as the lodge does not supply fly gear. Please remember that it all counts in the weigh-in. The lodge does however furnish top-quality spin gear for guest use.

What's included

  • Charter flights to and from Manaus
  • Ground transportation
  • 6 guided fishing days
  • Hotel room for one night on arrival/departure days
  • Bass boats for 2 anglers
  • Fishing licenses
  • All meals
  • Accommodation in Barge Camp or Blackwater Explorer
  • Wine, beer, liquor

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Manaus
  • Brazilian Visa (about $135)
  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • Food and drink in Manaus
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline
  • Luggage overweight charges
  • Special transfers and hotel rooms if not part of larger party
  • Satellite phone calls ($5 per minute)

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