Peacock Bass fishing is very reasonable despite the last couple of days rain which was forecasted in our previous report. Last Saturday thru yesterday , only 2 ½ days, a total of 1024 fish were landed by 33 anglers, 53 of which were in the 8 - 16 lb class, 2 in the 17-19 lb class. (Last week, Jan 21-28, a total of 3826 Peacocks were landed by 19 anglers).
We have moved 5 of our 6 Floating Cabins to the Branco basin where forecasts continue to predict very little rain, except, next week-end. At our operations, water levels have fluctuated upwards and is almost at the jungle-line (see water level picture bellow) but, if 10-day forecasts are correct, peacock bass fishing should improve at our Exclusive-Private Waters: Omero, Xeurini, and Tapera.
The Branco Basin 10-day forecast, except for next week-end, continues to be of low rain probability (30-40%). You may wish to click on Caracarai and Boa Vista which are the two towns at the north Branco basin’s sphere-of-influence.
However, on the Negro basin tributaries, water levels continue getting higher and, except, for the Araca all tributaries are not fishable. Due to high water, 3 weeks ago, we have moved our Floating Cabins from our Exclusive Private-Water Jufari to the open-to-the-public upper Araca where regretfully we must continue to fish along with other sport fishing operators. Although there continues to be a 10-day forecast of high rain probability (60%) in the Negro basin, the upper Araca is still low and it should hold up for another 1-2 weeks. You may wish to click on Barcelos and São Gabriel da Cachoeira which are the two towns on the Negro basin’s sphere-of-influence.
If forecasts hold, our parties arriving at the end of this week should expect good peacock bass fishing at River Plate’s Exclusive Private-Water fisheries on the lower Branco basin and reasonable fishing at the open-to-the-public upper Araca.
- South (Tenharim Indian Reservation on the Marmelos). See area in pink in Fishery Map. Water levels are high which is normal this time of the year.
- Mid-South (Muhura Indian Reservation – Rivers: Preto, Matupiri, Igapo Acu, Tupana). See area in beige in Fishery Map. Water levels which were perfect during Set-Oct are now very high which is normal for this time of the year.
- Mid-North (South bank Negro tributaries) See area in purple in Fishery Map: Tributaries are high since there continues to be lots of rain again in the upper Negro basin. Since there is no hope for water-levels to drop, we moved our Floating Cabin IV out until next September.
- North-West (The head waters of all South bank Negro tributaries including the Unini River) See area in purple in Fishery Map: Tributaries are high which is normal this time of the year. Careful! Despite the recent amount of bloggs , e- blasts, postings ,etc stating that the Unini will be opened to a limited number of outfitter, this is not factual .The Unini continues to be closed and there is no certainty if it will be opened and, less even, as to whom will operate.
- North (North bank Negro tributaries). See area in blue in Fishery Map. The upper Negro Water levels are a bit high but fishable. The “remote area”, open to the public, on the upper Araca continues to be fishable but it is getting more congested with fishing pressure from the melee of fast boats (which travel daily2-3 hours) and competitor’s floating cabins. River Plate has an unfinished fully licensed landing strip in this remote area waiting for a future private – water fishing lease.
- North-East (Río Branco tributaries). See area in blue in Fishery Map: All west and east side tributaries, including River Plate’s Exclusive Private-Water fisheries, are still fishable, specially at their respective lower ends since the Branco levels are comparatively low (see yesterday’s picture taken on the Tapera). We have five Fly In Floating Cabins in this area. Normally, it should be good fishing from December 15 to March 15 but, with LA NIÑA who knows?? Forecasts are predicting that the 3-year LA NIÑA anomalies cycle finally cease by this coming May.