Peacock Bass – Colombia
Peacock Bass – Colombia
|Location:||Amazon – Colombia|
|Target Species:||Peacock Bass|
|Other Species:||Payara, Sardinata, Black Pacu|
|Terrain:||Jungle rivers, tributaries and lagoons|
|Peak Seasons:||January – March|
|Price (7 days):||From: $4300.00/person|
Adventure, adventure and more adventure…this is what we live for. We have secured a very unique destination in the northern part of the Amazon Jungle in Eastern Colombia. This is a real adventure with a four-hour 4 x 4 ride into the jungle, staying in a tented camp while fishing the Rio Orinoco for large payara and sardinata before moving to another tented camp on the banks of Rio Orinoco to fish for monster peacock bass. From casting poppers into a feeding frenzy to sight-fishing pocket water for large specimens of your target species, the seven days fishing in the jungle makes this the perfect mix of both boat and shore fly fishing, a true jungle experience and sought after species to target on fly. While doing this you will experience true jungle wildlife, comfortable accommodation as well as great food and gold drinks.
The domestic commercial flight will take us to Puerto Carreño in the east of Colombia where the borders of Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia meet. From there we will pack the 4×4 vehicles and travel 4 hours south to the Rio Orinoco Camp. Two days later we will be entering the Tuparro National Park and spend four days at Awia Camp on the banks of Rio Tuparro before returning to Rio Orinoco Camp.
This part of the Amazon and Colombia is very difficult to access which means that very few people get the opportunity to fish it. These rivers are tributaries to the greater Amazon River and holds various species of fish to target.
Peacock bass, like large mouth bass, prefer structure such as trees, rocks, aquatic vegetation, sand bars and drop offs. This is where most small bait fish hide and where peacock bass hunts. Their tough mouths often make it difficult to set the hook which can easily result in a lost fish on the first jump. They will eat both subsurface flies as well as poppers off the surface and do not hesitate to attack large flies. Although freshwater fish, these fish grow big and are very strong. A good quality 9wt or 10wt rod is recommended with a good quality reel and sinking, intermediate and floating lines. This part of the Amazon holds large peacock bass even though the rivers are much smaller than lower down in the catchment. We will however not only be fishing the rivers. There are many lagoons in the jungle holding substantial numbers and size fish. A full tackle and gear list will be provided upon booking.
Although peacock bass is our target species, we will be fishing two locations holding different species. The Rio Orinoco holds large numbers of very large payara and sardinata, two sought after predators on fly. There are also catfish, black pacu and martrinxa.
Day 1. Arrive in Bogotá. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 2. Travel to Orinoco Camp
- Fly from Bogotá – Puerto Carreño.
- 4 Hour transfer by 4 x 4 to Orinoco Camp
Day 3. Fish for payara and sardinata
Day 4. Transfer from Orinoco Camp to Awia Camp while fishing along the way
Day 5. Fish peacock bass
Day 6. Fish peacock bass
Day 7. Fish peacock bass
Day 8. Transfer from Awia Camp to Orinoco Camp while fishing
Day 9. Fish for payara and sardinata
Day 10. Transfer from Orinoco Camp to Bogota
Day 11. Travel home