MAO - Brazil
October to March
12 Anglers per week.
Three species of Peacock Bass.
Located in the middle stretch of the Aqua Boa River in the Brazilian state of Roraima.
Home to all three species of Peacock Bass – the Butterfly Peacock, the Spotted Peacock and the Temensis Peacock.
SEASON OF OPERATION
October through to March
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
The lodge runs on a Saturday to the following Saturday bases.
Aqua Boa Amazon Lodge is located in one of the Amazon rainforest’s last remaining tracts of uncut and uninhabited rainforest on a clear water peacock bass fishery. The lodge provides fishermen with a level of comfort, friendly service, and sense of privacy in the rainforest that will make anyone feel at home. Of course, one look out at the white sand beach in front of camp, and you will know immediately that you are someplace far from home.
The lodge sits on a high bank overlooking a long bend in the river flanked by rain forest on one bank and a natural savannah on the other. The lodge is charming, comfortable and very Brazilian. Clients stay in individual bungalows that are air conditioned, comfortable and well furnished. Built in 2001, the lodge has every amenity imaginable. There is a phone/fax line, wireless internet, satellite TV, a well stocked library, 24 hour electricity, a game room, 20 meter swimming pool, fully stocked bar and great indoor and outdoor eating area. The food is prepared by a professional Brazilian chef and is excellent.
I would also add that the Aqua Boa is the perfect place for anyone to experience the Amazon. The wildlife and bird life is abundant. During a typical week, you will see Tapir, Giant Amazon River Otter, Howler Monkeys, Capuchin Monkeys, Soldier Storks, Macaws, Parrots, Toucans etc.
12 Anglers per week.
Fly-fishermen from around the world have been astounded and charmed by the spectacular and unspoiled rain forest surroundings and of course also by the ultimate fly-fishing experience of sight-fishing for the jungle’s fiercest fighting fish, the Peacock Bass. In addition to the Peacock Bass, fishermen can fish for Piranha, the Pirarucu, the Aruana, the Pacu, and the countless other species that inhabit the Aqua Boa.
This destination is perfectly suited to fly-fishing. When at normal levels, the water is so clear, that most strikes are visible and a good percentage of your days will be spent sight fishing. It should be noted, however, that the sight fishing opportunities are dependent on light and water levels. Many anglers visit the Aqua Boa Amazon Lodge strictly to sight fish for peacock bass, arowana, pacu and a host of other jungle species. While it does limit the productivity of your day, the experience of sight fishing to peacocks on white sand is we think something no fly fisherman should miss. It should also be noted that Aqua Boa is the Amazon’s first fly-fishing only peacock bass lodge. Single barbless hooks and catch and
release are required of all guests.
To understand peacock bass, you need to first consider their habitat. Most everything in the Amazon is being eaten, or is in the process of eating something else. As a general rule fish in the Amazon are built tough with razor sharp teeth or brutal strength. This makes for interesting fishing as some fish will cut you off and others will pull you straight into the structure and tangle you up. Peacock bass do not have the razor sharp teeth, but there is not a fish that is tougher in fresh water. They are happy to break rods and the toughest mono trying to get away.
Peacock habits vary to a large degree depending on the size of the fish. Small to mid-size peacocks tend to congregate around structure for both food and protection. Large peacocks tend to feel a little more comfortable in not getting eaten by predators. Over time they become bullies and roam the lagoons and river channels in packs.
Peacock bass are a pursuit predator, which means that they will keep after their prey until it is either in their belly or on the shore. It is not uncommon to have large peacocks drive shoals of baitfish onto the shore. Believe it or not, we have seen peacocks fly out of the water in unsuccessful attempts to get small birds. Certainly it sounds ridiculous. After your trip, our guess is that you will believe it.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
The fishing boats are motorized 18 foot aluminum skiffs with poling platforms and four stroke motors. They will accommodate either one or two people fishing at a time.
Guests will fly into Manaus Brazil, to the Eduardo Gomes International Airport, one day prior to their trip, on the Friday and overnight. Early Saturday morning you will be transferred to your charter flight, approximately two hours in length, which will take you to the Aqua Boa Lodge. Once you’ve arrived to the lodge, staff will assist you to your bungalow to settle in before your half day of fishing begins. You will depart the lodge the following Saturday to make your 9 AM charter flight back to Manaus. For guests looking to stay in Manaus on the front or back end of their trip, please let us know, we’re happy to assist with your booking.
Slipstream is a full-service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.
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TRAVEL 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. A tourist visa is required of all travelers to Brazil. Do not forget to get one or check to make sure that your current visa is valid. Please give yourself plenty of time for the application process. It can take up to 3 months to obtain a visa.
RATES FOR 2018-19
Fall Rates (Oct - Dec): $5,150 USD, DBL
Summer Rates (Jan - March): $6,150 USD, DBL
Thanksgiving / Christmas (Nov 17 - Dec 1 & Dec 15 - 29): $4,300 USD, DBL