The World of Peacock Bass
Official Newsletter/eZine of the Peacock Bass Association
© Larry Larsen, Executive Director
In This Issue:
- New Yacht Operation at Angler's Inn Amazon
- Ownership Changes at Amazon River Adventures
- "Guaranteed Arapaima" 1-Day Add-On Option
- Article On Brazil's "River of Giants" Published
- Global Rescue to the Rescue
- Tips to Avoid Illness While Traveling
- We Get Mail (
Two Amazon Trips Awarded in Photo Gallery Contest, Fly Shop Publishes 2018 Catalog and Planner, World Record Peacock Bass
- CLUB CONCIERGE
- Member Comment/Reprint Policies
New Yacht Operation Offered at Angler's Inn Amazon - There will be a new
peacock bass yacht operation sailing the Amazon tributaries this coming season, according to owner/outfitter Billy Chapman, Jr, who has 40 years of experience in the Amazon. The Anglers
Inn Amazon I
yacht is 113 feet long and four stories of pure floating luxury, according to the long-time Central and South American outfitter. "Our new
shallow-draft mothership includes well-appointed suites with hot showers, two comfortable beds on the floor (no bunks here), powerful air conditioning and the
Anglers Inn menu," says Billy. "Our gourmet chef will prepare delicious hors d'oeuvres, ribeye steaks, all sorts of fish, ample side dishes, and incredible desserts
that our customers demand year after year. There's also a full open bar with top notch red and white wine available on demand." The outfitter acknowledges that
there are bigger boats, but they can't get into some tributaries when the water levels are low. "The bigger boats
can't move as fast as this one and the smaller ones can't handle the long runs in the
larger fisheries where the biggest specimens call home," Billy continues. "With a maximum of only 16 clients onboard at a time, there's no waiting in line for meals,
no running out of hot water, and no crowded fishing areas. We're able to give our customers this level of luxury on an exceptionally agile boat because we also have
an 80-foot companion boat carrying all supplies and staff. Our crew and guides speak exceptional English, and they make it their personal mission to see that every
wish is met." The new operation features all new equipment, such as custom-built, heavy gauge aluminum boats with full casting decks, Yamaha four-stroke engines
and Minn Kota trolling motors. Each boat will also have life jackets, BogaGrips, first-aid kits and even the latest Humminbird depth finders to search out the deep holes
for catfish. "We provide new St. Croix Rods and a complete tackle package, so there is no need to pack heavy tackle boxes or rod tubes," he adds. "Our ten-day
package includes six full days of fishing and a hotel in Manaus for two nights upon arrival and a day room upon returning from the jungle." Billy personally plans to
attend to every group next season. For more information, contact Billy Chapman, Jr. at email@example.com or phone 1-800-468-2347.
Ownership Changes at Amazon River Adventures -
Pamelah Howard and her recently founded sportfishing
company, Global Angling Tours, Inc., have taken over
the reins of Amazon River Adventures as the new owner. Pamelah has been working in the Amazonas sportfishing industry for 18 years and for the past 6
years was Amazon River Adventures' Manager of Operations for the outfitter/agent. As the primary staff member handling all daily activities, from marketing,
customer acquisition, administration, logistics planning and management of all other aspects of the company, continuity will be exemplary. Her plans are to continue
providing 5-star customer service to Amazon River Adventures clients and being hands-on as the liaison between the U.S. and the Brazilian fishing destinations.
Her past management has also included worldwide client services to Mexico and Alaska. Internationally, Amazon River Adventures will continue to book exotic
Amazon trips and soon will be adding additional international destinations to the mix. Upon asking her
plans for the near future, Pamelah replied, "My vision has always been to house multi-destinations under one roof, and I
plan to get started immediately with reputable fishing destinations - both domestic and international. I want to assure our
long-time returning anglers, and those new ones along the way, that this new venture will still be providing quality
customer service and the best fishing that can be had in the Amazonas." The new owner wants clients to leave their
fishing destinations with lots of big fish tales and memories that last a lifetime. "You
have to love this business to be in it, and I believe everyone in it will agree that the fierce and exciting strikes of the Peacock Bass, the camaraderie and awesome photos
are what make it all worthwhile," she continues. "It is joyful to see the excitement and wonder on the angler's face when they experience the Amazon for the first time. The
angler's very first experience of a powerful hit almost jerking the rod out of their hands, battling the brute for several minutes, and finally landing that monster Peacock Bass
from a black water lagoon is simply unforgettable." Pamelah will continue sending clients to Aniak River Lodge, Alaska which is her favorite Alaskan wilderness/bush
experience offering both fly rod and spin anglers a shot at a whopping 11 species (including Alaska's largest Leopard
Rainbow Trout and/or one of 5 species of Salmon) throughout its summer season! Pamelah Howard/Amazon River
Adventures is now booking the Amazon Peacock Bass trips for the 2018/2019 & 2019/2020 season. For more
information, you can continue to reach the company at the same toll free number (800) 398-5837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Guaranteed Arapaima" 1-Day Add-On Option – Acute Angling clients can catch up to 3 big arapaima
(piraracu) per day in their exclusive fishery, according to co-owner Paul Reiss. "Most of the waters that hold them are loaded with food and are replenished each year by
the flood pulse," says Paul. "By the time these beasts start getting hungry, the rains come and they leave their temporary dry season lakes to rejoin the river-spanning
flooded forests. Under these conditions arapaima are choosy and lazy, preferring slow moving baitfish and inhalable shrimp. They usually won't bother with artificial
baits under these conditions." But in a quick 2-day exploratory last year, Paul found a chain of 5 isolated lakes independent of the floodplain that are fishable
during their entire season.
According to the outfitter, they are hungry fish that take lures and flies. "If you don't hook up at least once, we'll refund your entire trip cost," boasts Paul. "If you don't hook up at
least twice or land at least one fish we'll give back half the trip cost. How's that for a guarantee! A fisheries census taken on these lakes shows the total population of adult
arapaima here to be between 1000 and 1200 fish. We've set a daily limit of three fish per angler to protect this fishery, so it will be a long, long time before they start wising up to
anglers. We are offering our guarantee for the entire 2018/2019 season here." Here's the program as Paul describes it: This one- day trip is only available as an add-on to an Acute
Angling trip. It is not available to other anglers. The trip includes; 1. One extra night at the
Bristol Hotel 2. Pick up and return to the Bristol (approx. 1-hour drive time). 3. Delicious lunch, Amazon style. 4. One-day guided fishing. 5. All conventional rods, reels, line. Not
included - lures, fly fishing gear. "We have negotiated an exclusive agreement for this privately-owned fishery and our anglers will fish two to a boat with a Brazilian guide," Paul
explains. For more information, contact Paul or Garry Reiss at Acute Angling at 1-866-832-2987 or email preiss@AcuteAngling.com.
Article On Brazil's River of Giants Published - My article, "To Brazil for Giant Peacock Bass" and several photos were just
published by Florida Sportsman in late April and below is the free digital link to it on the web for all to see: http://www.floridasportsman.com/2018/03/30/brazil-giant-peacock-bass/ . I
took this great Untamed Angling trip this past December. The magazine also published a photo of me and my 25-pounder that I
caught on the Marie River in their May print issue (also linking to this article). For more information, contact Rodrigo Salles at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their operation-specific website at www.marieriver.com .
Global Rescue to the Rescue
- Professional angler and world-traveler Oliver White was helping to clean up after a
hurricane in the Bahamas when he was bitten in the hand and medical help was nowhere to be found. Oliver talks
about why he puts so much trust in Global Rescue's services in this video: https://vimeo.com/243311442 . "More often than not, it's the little things that turn into really big
problems when you're in really remote places," he says. "Having Global Rescue allows me to focus on what I'm really good at which is managing the experience and taking care of
people while they're fishing and letting Global Rescue take care of the safety and security if anything goes wrong." For additional info, click here.
Tips to Avoid Illness While Traveling
- The fear of falling ill while traveling shouldn't deter anyone from adventure
, according to Global Rescue. Their team of physicians, nurses, and critical care paramedics are standing by 24/7/365 to
provide medical advisory and evacuation services to their members worldwide. When you're traveling, anything can
happen, so Global Rescue has several tips for staying healthy and avoiding illness on your
next trip. The fear of falling ill while traveling shouldn't deter anyone from adventure. One of the best tips is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly a lot! Something as simple
as washing your hands regularly can make the difference between a great, relaxing trip and a nightmare. "The majority of health care professionals agree that good hand-washing with
soap and water is the best way to sanitize your hands and protect against germs," says Devon Davis, MD, Associate Director of Medical Operations at Global Rescue. "However
, if you are in a place where you cannot wash your hands, hand sanitizer is a good alternative. Though if you are going
to be using hand sanitizer, it is important that it has at least a 60% alcohol content, or it may
not be as effective as desirable. A few other tips are to consult your doctor prior to traveling so that you can take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are prepared for any
health concerns you may confront. You should also make sure you have all necessary medications and vaccinations to stay healthy and have the proper medication to deal with
any conditions you may already have before traveling. You should exercise regularly, but hopefully the peacock bass will keep you busy battling them. And, you should get plenty of
sleep. "When people don't get enough sleep, their immune system gets down, and that can predispose them to getting
sick," Davis says. "When you're traveling, you are also often enclosed in small spaces with a lot of other people on
planes, buses, etc. thus exposing you to illnesses that others might be carrying."
We Get Mail
Here are some of the emails and news releases we have received with topics that might be of interest to all
members. I always encourage PBA Members to email brief comments or news to us.
Two Amazon Trips Awarded in Photo Gallery Contest - Acute Angling's unique client Photo Gallery went live on their
website last year, and since then, over 70 of the outfitter's clients have opened a personal photo gallery on it, according to
co-owner Paul Reiss. "They have posted hundreds of excellent Amazon fishing photos and all became eligible to win one of 2
free trips and 18 other great prize," he says. "When our contest closed, April 1st, our panel of five Amazon experienced judges went to work. The results were: Ralph Hayes and Christi
Bender each won a Free Trip. Six clients won a $1,000 trip discount, and they were Rick Klotz, Frank Cholewa, Jimmy Hicks, Gary Weathers, Julayn Pistone and John Ducksbury." A
dozen other winners were awarded Lure Kits by the outfitter/tackle dealer. "We want our website to be a place
where our clients can share their Amazon experiences, photographic expertise and fishing mojo with the world! And
yes, to bring our fishing family more closely together and provide everyone who's ever fished with us an opportunity to
tell their Amazon tales, we're planning more contests in the future!" For more information, contact Paul or Garry Reiss
at Acute Angling at 1-866-832-2987 or email: preiss@AcuteAngling.com.
Fly Shop Publishes 2018 Catalog and Planner - The fly Shop new digital
flip-page catalog and International Travel Planner featuring their trips and fly fishing gear and flies is now online, according to a release received by PBA.
They offer two full pages of warm water flies for South American anglers. Here's the link: http://www.theflyshop
.com/FlipBook/y18catalog/mobile/index.html#p=1. They also have a digital flip-page Fly Tying Catalog that has just been published. For those wanting a
print version of either catalog or more information, contact The Fly Shop at 800-669-3474 or simply email a catalog request to email@example.com.
World Record Peacock Bass Application Rejected -
The potential All-Tackle world record for speckled peacock
bass, a massive 14 kg (30 pounds 13 ounces) fish, that Marcel Griot of
Miami Florida caught on November 22, 2017 was not accepted. according to Jack Vitek, IGFA World Record Coordinator. "The primary reason
was that it was not weighed on land, as our current rules state; it was weighed only in the fishing boat," he explained. "Although not required,
we also would have liked to see a girth measurement. The more information we have, the easier for us to make a decision on acceptance."
The giant fish was caught while Griot was fishing Brazil's Marie River with the outfitter Untamed Angling. For more information, contact Rodrigo
Salles at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.marieriver.com .
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