BRAZIL – NOT THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD

BRAZIL – NOT THE SAME OLD SAME OLD

Fishing for the mighty peacock bass in the jungle rivers of the Amazon could be the best ever for reasons extending beyond the potential for hooking up with giant peacocks.

With good water levels and the fishing season already underway in the Uatama and Jatapu rivers, the first group on the water was enjoying plenty of action.

After two days of fishing at the first of October, the group had already caught 144 peacocks, including two 15-pounders and one 21 pounder as they began to zero in on the hot spots.

Besides the ongoing action, the first group and those to come will be better equipped in bass boats powered by brand new Yamaha four-stroke outboard engines along with new trolling motors.

And once again the anglers will enjoy the luxury and amenities of the Otter mothership with its 88-foot length, 25-foot beam and four decks. It’s the biggest and best, but draws only two feet of water to allow reaching the best areas.

Since fishing in the Uatama and Jatupu rivers is now limited to permit-only, anglers will be exclusively fishing waters where peacocks haven’t seen a ripping Woodchopper lure for nearly a year.

But let’s talk about the upcoming big-fish potential based on the previous season’s catches of 20-pound-plus peacocks that are the dream of Amazon anglers.

Beginner’s luck certainly rewarded Robert Zavanut on the Rio Negro last February when experienced what he described as an “unreal” and “fantastic” day.

After a short tutorial on how to rip a Woodchopper, the first timer was rewarded with an 18-pounder by 8 a.m. and a 22-pounder by 9 a.m. and then topped off his way with a behemoth of nearly 25 pounds in the afternoon.

Nowadays, however, the majority of peacock fishermen are experienced repeat customers who have found one visit to the Amazon is simply not enough.

And a repeat trip experience certainly paid off for Chip Pruitt of Little Rock, Arkansas.

He not only caught the biggest peacock of the year at 25 pounds, but also successfully went mano a mano with peacocks weighing 22 and 23 pounds respectively.

For total numbers, one the best action-packed trips last January was a group catching 944 peacocks, including 59 over 10 pounds, 12 over 15 pounds and one over 20 pounds.

On an overall average, groups fishing the Uatama, Jatapu and Rio Negro rivers catch about 700 peacocks or about 58 per angler, according to Ron Speed Jr.

The total can include nearly two dozen over 15 pounds and up to a half-dozen or more over 20 pounds.

There are, of course, exceptional exceptions of sheer numbers action, as Drew Daniel himself memorably experienced one morning when he and his partner caught 38 peacocks between eight and 15 pounds, all in one hot spot and on Woodchoppers.

All things considered, it’s no wonder anglers who have experienced the Amazon ambiance and the ferocity of peacock action keep coming back.