Amazon Fishing Cruises
The Amazon region offers some of the finest game fishing in the world
Fishing in the Amazon
The Amazon basin and its surrounding drainage is home to some 3,000 freshwater fish species, which is roughly a third of all the freshwater fish species worldwide. This extraordinary aquatic biodiversity has also created the richest freshwater sport fishery in existence.
The majority of Amazonian gamefish belong to three large groups (orders):
- Catfish (Siluriformes)
- Characins, including dorado, payara and pacu (Characiformes)
- Cichlids including the king of all freshwater gamefish, the peacock bass (Perciformes).
The list of Amazonian freshwater gamefish is as extensive and exotic as the Continent of South America itself. Depending upon the region, there are as many as twenty different species that will take a fly or lure - often with strange names and peculiar appearances to match their fighting prowess.
The adventurous angler will find no harder fighting or more exciting gamefish anywhere in the world - in a stunningly beautiful location - and Rainforest Cruises is happy to present three amazing live-aboard options for anglers to test their mettle against these fish in the Brazilian Amazon, ranging from a luxury yacht to unique floating bungalows.
Please note there are also game fishing options at various Amazon lodges - in both Peru and Brazil - which may fit better with some anglers' timeframe or budget. Contact us to find out more.
You don’t have to sacrifice comfort in the pursuit of world-record class Peacock Bass in Brazil’s Amazon!
The Captain Logan offers the finest combination of luxury mobile accommodations, first-class food, hospitable crew, and the most experienced guides on the shallow-draft 95 ft. aluminum-hulled Captain Logan mother boat, while experiencing the best fisheries in Brazil's vast and epic Amazon region.
Starting in Manaus, and then flying by charter plane to further upstream on the Rio Negro, the Captain Logan offers a nine-day itinerary, of which at least six days are spent fishing. The goal during these days is to give anglers the chance to catch as many of the biggest Peacock Bass - as well as Catfish, Piranha and Arapaima - as possible. And then after a hard day's fishing, the ship's kitchen offers delicious food in cosy surroundings, washed down by a beverage or two, followed by a great night's rest.
Living aboard the Blackwater Explorer Yacht, while fishing remote Brazilian Amazon backwaters in nimble bass boats, provides anglers with the best of both worlds: incredible mobility and relaxed comfort.
The yacht's great mobility - based on a low draft and high-tech displacement-style hull - allows access to the most productive, remote Amazon tributaries even in the face of sudden, changing conditions. Endless miles of majestic, fish-holding waters with hidden lagoons, winding creeks, placid lakes and sandy beaches.
The yacht's captain specializes in finding the rivers or regions with optimal water levels and productivity, according to the fishing season, and the result is high daily catch averages: from 10 - 50 peacock bass a day; trophy fish in the teens are routine; and many monsters over 20 lbs. are taken every week. Anglers can also do battle with huge red-tailed catfish (up to 100 pounds) that are abundant in many of these river systems, and go fly-fishing.
The remote and protected, Rio Tucano - Rio Arara complex, in the Sao Gabriel region of Brazil's Northwestern Amazonas, is one of the few remaining bastions of unpressured peacock bass populations. The waters in this remote and beautiful region hold huge, feisty peacocks that have never seen a lure, and lagoons that have never seen a fisherman!
Anglers will get all the benefits of an unexplored and unexploited fishery, known to hold the world's largest specimens of peacock bass, on a trip that operates in comfort, security and certainty: arriving by floatplane and spending the week in a comfortable, air-conditioned floating bungalow camp.
Needing only a foot of water in which to navigate, the Floating Bungalow Camp can access the farthest, untouched reaches of pristine, floodplain fisheries, where larger yachts cannot go.
Even though it is not like Rainforest Cruises' conventional Amazon river cruises, the floating bungalow camp provides the perfect blend of mobility and infrastructure to ensure the ultimate fishing experience, with a surprising degree of comfort and total security.