Sportfishing in Peru for friends, families, and groups!


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Imagine fishing along the world's largest river, in the midst of the world's largest rainforest! And the fish to be caught are some of the world's largest and hardest fighting!

And the Amazon River is just one of the great fishing locations in Peru!
An incredibly diverse country geography, with a surface area of larger than France, Spain, and Germany together, Peru offers a great variety of ecosystems and therefore opportunities for fishing of all types - mountain and jungle rivers and lakes, along with a rich Pacific Coast. With 85% of the climates of the world, a large portion of Amazon Jungle, the Andes Mountain Range, and thousand miles of Pacific Ocean Coast, Peru is considered a true "dream destination" for both, fresh and saltwater sport fishing.

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Peacock Bass fishing
Paraya fishing
Rainbow Trout fishing
Flounder and Sea bass fishing
Lima Day fishing
Deep Sea fishing



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PEACOCK BASS

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Explorations Inc. is proud to offer sport fishing in the Amazon for Peacock Bass since 1993. We design our itineraries for people with a love of fishing and the outdoors who are looking for adventure in relative comfort. Our Peacock Bass trips are out of Iquitos, Peru, located on the Amazon River. Fishing season is August to November when the waters are low and the fish are concentrated. The areas fished are productive for many other exotic species! Besides the colorful Peacock Bass, and the red-bellied, black and white species of piranha. Other aggressive species include arawana, with its upturned mouth, famous leaping ability and aerial displays when hooked; payara with their awesome teeth; pacu and oscars also provide tough fights; several species of catfish such as the suribim will also hit lures; and many more species hardly even known to man inhabit the region. One must often be alert to avoid hooking a caiman or fish hawk which are also attracted to lures. Your prime fishing competitors are the pink and grey species of freshwater dolphin and the impressive giant paiche (or pirarucu) which matures at lengths of 6 to 9 feet. It is not uncommon to catch these prehistoric looking, mostly just babies from 10 - 25 lbs, with the largest caught to date being approximately 130 lbs.

We offer two different fishing programs to consider (see sample itineraries below):
1. We can arrange a private ship charter for you and your friends! This mothership style offers the best fishing opportunities and is good for groups of 6 to 12 anglers.
2. For individuals, couples and small groups, we can arrange a stay and fishing from a jungle lodge and camping which is less expensive than chartering a ship.

The Butterfly Peacock Bass: Cichla Ocellaris / Cichla Monoculus

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The Peacock Cichlid, also called the Peacock Bass, is found from Central America down through the Amazon waterways. Its name comes from the ocellus at the base of the tail reminiscent of a peacock's plumage, and from the fact that its shape and habits superficially resemble North America's Largemouth Bass. In the Peruvian Amazon it is often called by its Brazilian name, tucanare. The predominant peacock bass species in Peru are the Cichla Ocellaris known as the “Butterfly Peacock Bass”. The butterfly peacock bass is a yellowish-green color, with three black bars on the side and often with red-orange pectoral, caudal and anal fins. They have massive mouths, and voracious appetites making explosive strikes ability to break heavy lines and straightens hooks. Typically size up to 12 pounds and are not as large as its big brother, the Cichla Temensis that are popular fishing targets in Brazil.

FISHING TACKLE
You will need to bring you own equipment. (We provide specific recommendations and see overview below.) Fishing techniques include spinning, casting and fly-fishing from aluminum boats with a maximum of 2 anglers per boat unless other is requested. Peacock Bass are a strong, fast, and love cover, so your tackle and gear can be important. We suggest at least 3 rods of medium action, from 6'6" or 7 foot. Bring at least two reels with a capacity for 200 yards of 10 to 30 pounds line. Spinning tackle can be very effective for peacock bass fishing and is most appropriate when working small to medium-sized topwater lures, jerkbaits, spoons and jigs, but is not as effective when fishing large topwater plugs. For many peacock bass anglers, one of the biggest break-throughs to help them catch more fish has been the advent of the new braided "superlines". We suggest bringing sizes from 20 to 40 pounds. Anglers that simply just won't fish with braided line should select a monofilament line with similar characteristics as the super-line, that being low stretch, abrasion resistant and the heaviest break strength for the diameter. For large topwater lures consider using between 17 and 30 pound monofilament. Peacock bass takes a large variety of lures, include in your tackle box a combination of sizes and colors of Topwater lures,
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Walking Baits, propeller Riping Baits, poppers, Sub-surface Lures, Jerkbaits, Rattling Baits, Casting spoons and Bugtail Jigs. Lure's colors like fire tigers, oranges and chartreuses are the favorites.
About the size of the lure, from 3½ to 5 inches is ok. Take a special look in the hooks and rings; they should strong.
For fly fishing, a 9 foot, 8 or 9 weight rod with a medium to fast action. Reels should hold a floating weight forward line. Use a 15 to 20 LB backing line. Consider 12-20 pounds leaders and tippets. The Peacock Bass take a variety of large bucktail streamers, deceivers, medium size poppers in same combination of colors like lures; red, white, yellow, blue, with flash, but prefer heavily dressed.

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Peacock Bass Ship Charter Program

The ships we prefer to use have air-conditioned cabins, with twin beds and private baths/showers. The trip is limited to approximately 12 anglers. Traveling on the upper part (over 2,300 miles from the mouth) of the Amazon River and its tributaries, you will fish pristine areas far removed from cities and civilization. You will be fishing in the middle of a sea of green - the vast Amazon rainforest.

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Fishing challenges with exotic species await you! The most infamous are the colorful tucunaré, or Peacock Bass, and the red-bellied, black and white species of piranha. Other aggressive species include arawana, with its upturned mouth, famous leaping ability and aerial displays when hooked; payara have awesome teeth; pacu and oscars also provide tough fights; several species of catfish such as the suribim will also hit lures; and many more species hardly even known to man inhabit the region. One must often be alert to avoid hooking a caiman or fish hawk which are also attracted to lures.

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fish in Peru's largest nature reserve, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, with catches of 40 - 100+ fish a day being common. This vast wilderness of almost 7 million acres, or 10,800 square miles, is protected from fish netting, and by virtue of being seasonally flooded, it is not populated. It is a very productive habitat for aquatic wildlife and the fishing should remain strong or even get better with each succeeding year! The lush tropical setting adds a great dimension to the outdoor experience. While fishing in remote jungle rivers, lakes and lagoons, you are likely to see monkeys, sloths, brilliantly plumed birds overhead in the orchid-laden trees, caiman and river turtles throughout the waterways. Often spotted in your fishing waters and your prime fishing competitors are the pink and grey species of freshwater dolphin and the impressive giant paiche (or pirarucu) which matures at lengths of 6 to 10 feet. (Usually on every trip several of these prehistoric looking fish are boated, mostly babies from 10 - 25 lbs, with the largest caught to date being approximately 130 lbs.)

This special fishing adventure and custom boat charter takes you to a remote part of the globe; to areas void of commercial fisheries and sportfishing lodges. Excluding occasional local natives, dolphin and water birds, you should see no other fishers! The all-inclusive (air, lodging, meals, fishing excursions) format helps to insure that the only hidden surprises are the daily natural wonders and catches, not additional charges.

Sample Ship Charter Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday: Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, you are met at the airport by local staff personnel who will assist with your luggage and then transfer you into town to a nice hotel in the upscale suburb of Miraflores for the overnight stay.

DAY 2, Saturday: An early morning flight to Iquitos takes you from the urban jungle to the rainforest jungle and your first look at the world's largest river, the Amazon! You are met the airport and transferred into town to the dock where you board a speedboat to catch up with the ship which has been sent ahead upriver (in order to save travel time). Leaving Iquitos, you can absorb the dramatic scenery of the town's waterfront as vestiges of civilization quickly give way to native thatched houses along the shore.
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Once aboard the "mothership" and cabin assignments, the local guide provides an orientation about the ship and the week's upcoming activities during the buffet lunch. This day (and all night) is spent traveling upriver, although there is usually time for a short stop at one of the few jungle towns (such as Nauta), for last minute items and a walk around. In the evening you relax and enjoy the beauty of the world's largest rainforest! Sunsets are a special time in Amazonia as they can provide an unbelievable myriad of colors. Later, the dark Amazon sky becomes nature's own planetarium with its open expanse of brilliant stars. You can look for the Southern Cross constellation, shooting stars, satellites, and even the visible band of the Milky Way as the ship continues up the Amazon River.

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DAY 3 - 6: During these four days you will not only have a great fishing experience, you will also have a great life experience. Each day brings you new opportunities to observe some of nature's greatest spectacles and scenic fishing locations. The smaller boats and the determination of the guides provide you with access to backwater lakes and lagoons.

The exact daily schedule is mostly set by the location, weather, fish and your angling desire. The normal and suggested routine is to schedule a 6 AM daybreak (after coffee and toast) fishing excursion, returning to the ship around 10 - 11 a.m., when hunger and heat sets in. After breakfast, resting/socializing and a buffet lunch around 1 - 2 p.m., you head out again in the launches to fish until sunset. Upon your return to the ship, a delicious full buffet dinner is served. Some nights (and at mealtimes) the ship may be moving to different locations, if not, you are always welcome to try your luck fishing for the great variety of catfish found in the Amazon rivers.

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DAY 7, Thursday: The ship heads back to Iquitos and going with the flow of the Amazon River allows for less travel time on the return. There is usually time for a short morning fishing session further downriver and another stop later in the day for village walk to better see how the local people live. Although there are no tourist shops where we go, it is usually possible to barter or purchase some souvenirs such as paddles, spears, blowguns, gourds, baskets and other native items.

DAY 8, Saturday: After breakfast and arrival in Iquitos (for those connecting through Lima), you have some free time in town to explore, relax or shop in this unique town of the rubber boom era. Iquitos and its markets are full of activity and interesting sights. Motorized rickshaws are the principal means of transportation in town and a ride on one is well worth the inexpensive price! The local staff personnel will assist with the transfer to the airport and check-in for the midday flight to Lima. You are then met at the Lima airport and for the holdover (until the night flights back to the USA), we will transfer you into Miraflores (to the hotel previously stayed in for the first night) and have a day room available to store luggage, etc. In the evening, the local personnel will transfer those with night flights out back to the airport. During the afternoon you have free time to walk around, shop, relax, etc., or you can arrange independent optional explorations, activities, museum visits, etc., with the local personnel. Those returning to the USA will be assisted with connecting flights departing Lima this night, arriving in the USA early on Sunday morning, allowing for morning connections back to their home city. (For an additional $95/pp/dbl you may choose to overnight in Lima this Saturday night, or Iquitos and fly out either the next morning or next night - hotel and transfers included.)
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Note: COPA Airlines now has flights through Panama City direct to Iquitos on certain days, eliminating the need for Lima overnights if desired.

Your riverboat, takes you up river from Iquitos, Peru, to the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers and into the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve.


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Peacock Bass Muyuna Jungle Lodge Program
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 Fish for the demanded peacock bass (Cichla ocellaris) in the lagoons of the Amazon River, within the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. Muyuna Lodge is located in the Yanayacu River, which is part of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve.  The recovery of wildlife and fisheries are not the only tangible results:  there is neither illegal logging and hunting.  According to the statistics, the conclusion is that this is unique in Loreto, perhaps in the entire Peruvian Amazon.  Approximately 98% of the wood is processed in Loreto, from illegal.  For this reason, we can take you to lakes being involved with conservation. Residents and volunteers of Conservation Area Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (ACRCTT), constantly are participating in training workshops on monitoring and surveillance organized bye the Project Support PROCREL.

As part of the experience of making a fishing trip with Muyuna Lodge, you will have the opportunity to visit preserved lakes, and surely you will Catch & Release many species of Amazonian fish. Fishing the Amazon region for peacock bass and other exotic fish species has become a very popular activity for avid anglers.  Peru is a great place to consider for these fish and Muyuna Lodge offers trip packages design specifically for adventurous anglers. On our fishing tours we target Peacock Bass, Araguana and Paco (Piractus brachipomus).
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The best time to fish for peacock bass in the Amazon River is July-November, months we offer the Fishing Trip.  These are the driest months in the Amazon and are ideal for fishing.  During the remaining months of the year the rivers and lakes are flooded causing most fish species to venture into the flooded rainforest and leave the isolation of the rivers and lakes. The predominant peacock bass species we have in Peru are the Cichla Ocellaris known as the “Butterfly Peacock Bass”. The butterfly peacock bass typically grow to around 12 pounds (5 kilos) and are not as large as its big brother, the Cichla Temensis that are a popular fishing targets in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. In fact, it has a large mouth with lower jaw projected.  It presents a notch between the spiny and soft dorsal fin.  It is brown yellowish color with three or four dark bands at the sides of the body and an ocellus on top of the base of the tail fin, to confuse predators. In addition, it is a meat eater; most of the time it eats fish and river shrimps.  It breeds in captivity. It meat is very popular in the local market. Furthermore, it reaches, sometimes, a length of 50 centimeters. This fish extremely belligerent element that passes by will inevitably swallowed.
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A 5 days tour is recommend to be able to have a camping experience combined with the lodge stay, which give access to more remote preserved lakes.  You may also add additional days of fishing.

Jungle Lodge 5-Day Itinerary

1st Day (lunch / dinner):
• Pick up from the Baggage Claim in Iquitos Airport and transfer to
• Iquitos (or from the Iquitos Hotel to Muyuna Office) for shopping and last minute coordination.
• Transfer to the port. 
• Transfer in a speed boat for 3 hours, 140 kms. (74 miles), upriver from Iquiots, bye the Amazon River, one of the 7 New Natural Wonders.  
• Lunch buffet. 
• Boat excursion to Corriente Lake, where there are possibilities to fish for the peacock bass and other species.
• Dinner buffet.

2nd Day (breakfast / lunch / dinner) Full Day:
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• Early breakfast.
• Excursion to Laguna Bufeo, where we will establish a base camp form the place to perform the different fishing activities in Bufeo and Huito Lakes. 
• Sport fishing all day, where fishing WARRANT Muyuna different sizes of peacock bass and other fish species typical of the Peruvian Amazon River tributaries.
• Muyuna staff awaits at base camp, where lunch will be served, in the middle of the pure and virgin rainforest.
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• After lunch, return to the remote Laguna Huito.
• Sport fishing all afternoon.
• Return to Muyuna Lodge at sunset to enjoy a well deserved rest
• Dinner buffet.

3rd Day (breakfast / lunch / dinner):  Campming night:
• Early breakfast.
• Expedition to the Tipashiro or Juanachi Lakes (depending on access and river level), by boat or on foot.  Catch and release peacock bass, acarahuazus, gamitanas, pirañas, etc.
• Buffet lunch at Muyuna.
• Expedition to another distant creek, which will host a night of camping. There is a beautiful sunset, only interrupted by flock of birds flying over the water.
• Dinner outdoors.

4th Day (breakfast / lunch / dinner):
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• Breakfast outdoors.
• Fish in this lovely place all day, just interrupting you for lunch time, with a very nice and tranquil landscape.
• Late return to Muyuna.
• Dinner buffet. 

5th Day (breakfast / lunch):
• Breakfast buffet.
• Share in the morning with the friendly people of the forest, in the village of San Juan de Yanayacu.  The visit is very spopntaneous, travelers sometimes play football with them or just walk around their homes.  It is time to talk with artisanal fishermen, and learn their secrets.  Also, here, you can buy crafts that they made based on seeds and vegetable ivory.
• Lunch buffet.
• Your experience of fishing in the Amazon rainforest will end. Transfer by speed boat for two hours back to civilization.

Location
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The most important advantage of MUYUNA is the strategic location. MUYUNA is located in the Yanayacu river banks at southeast from Iquitos city, the capital of the Peruvian department of Loreto, very close to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, with its 2’080,000 hectares, it is the biggest in Peru. In our fast boats, the trip takes about 3 hours. From Iquitos, we sailed upstream through areas of unexplored primary rainforest in comparison to the now sadly exploited secondary forest which is downstream from Iquitos.

Thanks to the remoteness of the lodge, in Muyuna we GUARANTEE observation of birds, monkeys, sloth, dolphins, fish, caimans, butterflies, etc. in their natural habitat.

Muyuna is located in the Yanayacu River that means “black water” (in Quechua—Inca’s language), because of the darkness given by the minerals that it brings from the highlands. Take note that there are several rivers with the same name. This Yanayacu, is the one that is located three hours upstream.

The ten lakes that are around Muyuna also have black water, making easier the fishing and a bird watching excursion, as it is the food base for the ecological chain.

Being located in a small tributary of the Amazon, where there is only one entry, there is no presence of fishing boats, or lumber, not many tourists (mostly only going to MUYUNA). The place is intimate and solitary, surrounded only by nature.

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Muyuna was designed and built by people from the community of San Juan de Yanayacu keeping strict relation to the architecture. Since the level of the Amazon and its tributaries can vary a few feet, is constructed on stilts. The rooms are fresh and are hermetically protected-mesh screens on the windows and roof. There is a large dining room for socializing and hammocks to enjoy the leisure time. Muyuna Lodge is a small and intimate lodge. Distribution is done according to what the customer needs (single bungalows, double or matrimonial bungalows, family bungalows, etc.). In addition, each cottage has a full ensuite and modern bathroom. All rooms have a terrace with hammock overlooking the forest or the river where you can see, for example, dolphins swimming in flood season. You can be pleased by colorful sunsets and by the deafening silence of the rainforest at night.
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There is no electricity in the lodge and lamps give a magical touch to the tropical night. The hallways are also lit. Due to the low population density in the area, there are no antennas, therefore, no cell signals. We are in constant communication with Iquitos office by radio. In the afternoon, using a small generator, we can charge the batteries of cameras and lap tops.

Muyuna employs residents of San Juan de Yanayacu, besides having strong ties to the community; giving a much-needed financial support. Muyuna and their activities are done in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. The residents grew by having the forest as their habitat, not fashion, electricity, Internet or luxuries. Our intention is not to change their habits, so when during the excursions, you go to the village, the visit is very spontaneous.

Muyuna Lodge is not a Resort. The bungalows are basic, but comfortable and clean. There are no electricity, no internet, no cell signal, no newspapers. What we try to do is to preserve the natural environment.

Rooms
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The bungalows are fresh and are hermetically protected-mesh screens on the windows and roof, but maintain the privacy. Distribution is done according to what the customer needs (single bungalows, double or matrimonial bungalows, family bungalows, etc.). In addition, each cottage has a full ensuite and modern bathroom. All rooms have a terrace with hammock overlooking the forest or the river where you can see, for example, dolphins swimming in flood season. You can be pleased by colorful sunsets and by the deafening silence of the rainforest at night.
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The lamps give a magical touch to the tropical night, as there is no electricity in the lodge. The hallways are also lit.
Due to the low population density in the area, there are no antennas, therefore, no cell signals. We are in constant communication with Iquitos office by radio. In the afternoon, using a small generator, we can charge the batteries of cameras and lap tops.

Weather
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As in the entire world's rainforests, in Iquitos, we enjoy a tropical climate. Every day of the year is hot and humid. Many books and the Internet say that the rainy season is from December to April, but the reality is different. Rains occur throughout the year and are unpredictable. Rarely last for hours and the higher the intensity, the faster it passes.

From April to June, the water level of the Amazon River rises. Muyuna stays above water and is more often to use canoes. It's a nice time to see pink dolphins in front of the cabins.

The white sandy beaches are formed from July to September. This is the best time to fish and have a nice picnic in the beach.

You can visit Muyuna for nature tours any time of the year. Not that one season is better than the other, they are different. We can do many activities and you can see animals with or without rain.

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PARAYA

Another great fishing and toothy Amazon challenge! The Payara: "Hydroclycus Scomberoides"

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Paraya is in the CYNODONTIDAE FAMILY; also called peixe cachorro, dog fish, saber toothed dogfish, tiger fish, guapeta or vampire Fish in various locations. Payara inhabit freshwater rivers and lakes in South America from the Orinoco to Paraguay River basins. The distribution of large payara is limited to a few places in Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana, Peru and probably Ecuador. They prefer fast moving water, but are found in still waters of lakes and rivers as well. The outstanding characteristic of this fish is the pair of enormous saber like teeth protruding from the lower jaw of the broad upturned mouth. The upper jaw contains two corresponding holes to accommodate the four to six inch teeth when the mouth is closed. The payaras elongated, compressed body and enlarged pectoral fins are ideal for the violently turbulent water that these top end predators seem to prefer.
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Payara are generally dark blue to olivaceous dorsally, blending to silver along the sides and belly. Payara are among the gamest of South Americas freshwater fishes, leaping when hooked and making long fast runs. They are picivorous predators that attack upward, stabbing prey with the large canine teeth and then swallowing them whole and head first. The fishing season in Peru starts mid July and finish the lasts days of October. Full moon is not recommended.

LOCATION
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In Peru we find this amazing fish only a few minutes by plane from Cuzco! in the beatiful department of Madre de Dios, one of the most pristine and unspoiled areas in the Amazon rainforest, housing more species of animals than any other place on earth. Officially created in 1990, the Tambopata - Candamo Reserved Zone is located east and south of Puerto Maldonado. It comprises 1.5 million hectares (3.5 millions acres) of the Madre de Dios and Puno regions and protects a diversity of landscapes and wildlife, including pristine oxbow lakes with herons, kingfishers, caimans and giant otters, amazing clay licks ("collpas") visited by hundreds of macaws, monkeys and tapirs. Like all the animals in this National Reserve, fishes are wild and ferocious, big and strong. Payara is one of them.
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Though plentiful now, the distribution of payara is limited, and anglers must be cautious to preserve this fantastic fishery, taking care to release fish in good conditions.

Puerto Maldonado, the Capital of the Madre de Dios Department is located in the confluence of Madre de Dios River and Tambopata River. Waters of Tambopata River born in Puno and receive a lot of tributaries rivers. The water is clear brown and warm in the dry season and muddy in the rainy season. The weather is dry and sunny climate from June to October and extremely humid during the rainy season from November to May. The waters of Tambopata River offer us a variety of fishes such as Payaras, Tambaqui (Giant Piranha), Catfish (Zungaros, Piros, Surubim, etc.)
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We usually fish for Payara with spinning, casting and fly fishing tackle. There's a lot of black volcanic rocks in the river, the Payara hunt sardines very close to the bottom of this rocks. Technique is easy and consists in cast lures or flies from the rocks and retrieves very close to shore. The fish will appear from the bottom to take the lures and run fast to the middle of the rivers current. A different technique is used for Tambaqui fishing, they takes only fruits and fish meat, so we use sardines for bait and hooks and weights with multifilament lines on the reels. A reel with bait-runner system is recommended. This fish is very strong and the fight is so hard! Same techniques we use on all the catfishes.

FISHING TACKLE
You will need to bring you own equipment unless you want to purchase while in Lima. (We provide specific recommendations and see overview below.) Payara are a strong fish, very fast, with a big tail and a couple of big canines in the lower jaw and two holes in the upper to receive them. They live in extremely fast water and take both lures and flies with a savage force. We suggest is at least 2 rods of medium-heavy to heavy action, from 7½ to 9 foot, bait casting or spinning. For Fly fishermen a slightly heavier 9-10 weight fly rod is our suggest. As the same of th
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e rods, at least 2 reels with a capacity for 200 yards of a 20 pounds line, similar like a Shimano Bait runner 4500 or 6500, Fin Nor 12 or the Penn 6500. If you are fly fishermen, a reel with good capacity of line like all the large arbors 7/8 or 9/10. O all kind of lines from 20 pounds to 65 pounds, we prefer the multifilament like Spider Wire, Power Pro or a simple Dacron. Good leaders and swivels are highly suggested, bring plenty of them. Fly fishing line must be a sinker tip tappered line to present the flies more closer to the bottom. Good lures include Rapala Magnum, Rapala Countdown, Rebel Fast Track, Spoonbill and bigs windcheater, and all types of lures that swim on fast waters and dives quickly. Because of the dark color of the water, lure's colors like fire tigers, oranges, red heads and chartreuse are the favorites. Plastic lures will be punctured by the teeth of the payara and will lose their action, wood lures work better. Don't worry about the size of the lure, from 4½ inches and up is ok. Take a special look on the hooks; they have to be extra strong (4x). For fly fishing, rod and reels should be slightly heavier 9-10 weight fly rod combined with any strong reel with a 200 yds capacity of 20 pounds baking line.
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A multi-tip fly line will be great but prefer sinking lines. The Payara take a variety of large streamers, but prefer heavily dressed on a 4/0 heavy saltwater tarpon hook. Payara will most often be close to the bottom, but can be enticed to strike dry flies. Handle with care, for these fish have two long saber teeth that protrude from the lower jaw upward through sockets in the upper jaw. To deal with those teeth, a wire shock tippet is required. Expect fish up to 15 lbs, much bigger fish are a possibility. Flies: Clouser Minnows, Jigs, Lefty's Deceivers, Poppers, Streamers.

Sample Trip (5 Days, 4 Nights, 3 fishing Days)

INCLUDES: Professional guides and mates, professional spinning fishing tackle, boat for moving between the fishing spots, fast boat from Puerto Maldonado to the Lodge in Tambopata River, the accommodations in Tambopata River and Puerto Maldonado, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), soft drinks during the fishing, all the baits, fishing license at the National Reserve, all ground and fluvial transfers.

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Normally arriving into Lima the day before, you are met at the airport and transferred your hotel. The guide can recommend a good restaurant if your arrival time is before late night. Depending on the International flight arrival time we can suggest if the group can stay in Lima the first night or take the connections to Puerto Maldonado directly.

Day 1 (Arriving to the Lodge)
Our Guide in Puerto Maldonado will meet you and transfer you by road to the Puerto Maldonado hotel on the banks of the Madre De Dios River. Here you will prepare to board your boat for the four hour transfer into the forest. Lunch box is provided during the trip. On arrival you will settle into your comfortable room and have time to explore. We also take time for rest and preparation of the tackle for the next fishing days. Lunch and dinner included.
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Day 2 (Fishing)
Breakfast at the Lodge and then departure to the first of our fishing spots. Here we have the day to fish. A box lunch is provided along with hot coffee and drinks. We return to the lodge before the light fades and have a typical jungle fish dinner. The evening can be spent relaxing and prepare the tackle for the next fishing day.

Day 3 (Fishing)
Breakfast at the Lodge and then departure to the best fishing spots. Today you have another chance to catch the big one at the Baltimore Rapids. Again a packed lunch is provided and refreshments for the day. We return to the lodge to take the dinner. The evening can be spent relaxing and prepare the tackle for the next fishing day.

Day 4 (Fishing)
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Breakfast at the Lodge and departure to the Collpa area. A combination of lure and bait fishing day. Again a packed lunch is provided and refreshments for the day. We return to the lodge to take the dinner. The evening can be spent relaxing and prepare the tackle for the next fishing day.

Day 5 (Return to Lima)
After breakfast we load our boat for the return to Puerto Maldonado where you are received and will be transferred to the airport in Puerto Maldonado to return to Lima. Afternoon arrival to Lima, transfer to the airport to take your international flight.

We invite you to enjoy with us the exciting bites, hard fighting & high jumping of this ferocious gamefish in one of the biggest rainforest of the world!

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RAINBOW TROUT

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Peru provides many different scenic places to fish in the Andes for the popular wild Rainbow trout. We fish locations high in the Central Andes Valleys of Peru. In our fishing trips to the Andes, you will be able to witness the typical life of the Andean people, making for an incredible fishing and traveling experience. The fishing season starts on mid April and finish early December.

The Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. The steelhead is a sea run rainbow trout (anadromous) usually returning to freshwater to spawn after 2 to 3 years at sea. In other words, rainbow trout and steelhead trout are the same species. The fish is sometimes called a salmon trout. Several other fish in the salmonid family are called trout, some are anadromous like salmon, whereas others are resident in freshwater only. The species has been introduced for food or sport to at least 45 countries, and every continent except Antarctica.

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Rainbow trout are predators with a varied diet, and will eat nearly anything they can grab. Their image as a selective eater is only a legend. Rainbows are not quite as piscivorous or aggressive as brown trout or lake trout. Young rainbows survive on insects, fish eggs, smaller fish (up to 1/3 of their length), along with crayfish and other crustaceans. As they grow, though, the proportion of fish increases in most all populations. Some lake dwelling lines may become planktonic feeders.
Where is possible to catch Rainbow Trout in Peru

One of the areas fished is in the Valley of Cañete, where the river flows 215 km down from the Pichcahuaria Range and the foot of Mount Ticlla, in the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The river offer us a perfect scenery for practice the trout fishing, with nice pools, good volume of clean water and good quality and quantity of food for the fish. The upper part of the river has 10,000 feet over sea level. The high volume of water in the river makes a good number of small lagoons with nice falls between them. This area has the unique fresh water coral in the world and there you will find hundreds of regular size fish from 6” to 18”.
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Lakes and lagoons that are out of the river canyon have big fish. We provide small boats with electric motors to troll lures like rapalas or flatfish. Normally these lagoons are up to 12,000 feet above sea level. We use 4X4 trucks to explore more than 70 Km of river which have hundreds of nice pools, currents and lagoons. We fish with conventional or fly fishing tackle. On conventional tackle we use spinners like Mepps, Blue Fox, Panther’s Martin or similar from sizes between number 2 to 4 with light tackle spinning rods and reels. On fly fishing tackle we use rods numbers 4/5 and recommended to use nymphs and wet flies.

The particular area of Cañete where we fish, is one of the few Natural Landscape Reservations in Peru. For this reason the communities do not allow outside hotels or similar investments. The communities have their own hotels and we are using one of them. The hotel has nice and clean rooms with spectacular views, bathroom inside each room, TV cable, international phone calls. All meals are prepared by your guides using a lot of organic ingredients of the zone. There is a dry and sunny climate most of the, with a rainy season from lasts days of December to March. Being high in Andes Mountains the rivers and its towns are very cool especially at night. The wind blows hard in the month of August especially in the first quarter moon. The water temperature in winter and spring time (May to November) is closer to 40° Fahrenheit.

FISHING TACKLE
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For this package, we can provide tackle and/or you can bring your own. (We provide specific recommendations and see overview below.) Casting, spinning or Fly fishing tackle is suggested to cast from the river shore. The Rainbow trout are wild in Peru Rivers and takes lures and baits. We sugges at least 2 spinning or casting rods, one 5’6” footer 2 piece light action and one 6’ medium action. As the same of the rods, at least 2 reels with a capacity for 120 yards of a 6 pounds line, similar like a Daiwa BG10 or Penn 4200SS. Monofilament Lines of 4, 6 and 8 lbs. Stren and Silver Thread are highly recommended. All kind of spinners like Mepps aglia, XD, Blue Fox, Panther’s Martin in different sizes from 1 to 4 and assorted colors. For lake fishing, Rapalas Tail Dancer and Flatfish X4 or Y4 in assorted colors. We suggest you to bring a 4/5 fly fishing rod-reel with a forward-sinking fly line, 4X-3X leader and 3X Tippet line. Bring more Nymphs than other flies but consider to bring Mayflies and Wet flies too.

Sample of the Trip (4 Days, 3 Nights, 3 Fishing Days)

The tour package includes assistance though the whole trip, all ground transfer in a Toyota 4x4 truck, all typical peruvian gourmet meals and beverages while fishing, professional fishing tackle, waders, accommodations at Hotel, american style fishing guide, roundtrip from and to the Hotel or Airport.

Day 1
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Early pick up from your hotel or International Airport in Lima and departure to Cañete River. (2 hours land transfer, breakfast in the highway). Fishing starts up to 6,000 feet over sea level by 9:00 a.m. Arrival to our hotel by 2:00pm, time for lunch and fish in the river all afternoon. Return to the lodge by evening. Dinner and prepare the tackle for the next day.

Day 2
Breakfast at the Hotel and departure to the fishing spots, Piquecocha lagoon, Huancaya falls and Vilcas Falls. Full day fishing with picnic lunch at the river. Return by evening to the rancho. Dinner.

Day 3
Breakfast at the Rancho and departure to the Vilcas lagoons and falls. Full day fishing with picnic lunch at the river. Return by evening to the Hotel.

Day 4
Breakfast at the Hotel and departure to the fishing spots downstream. Half day fishing and return to Lima by the same initial route. Evening arrival to Lima for late night flights out or transfer to your hotel.

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FLOUNDER & SEA BASS

The Pacific Coast of Peru is one of the richest marine habitats in the world. Good fishing areas are within a few hours or less from Lima.

Flounder ”Paralichtys Adspersus”
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Its common name in English is Flounder (or sometimes fluke or sole), and its local Peruvian name in Spanish is Lenguado. It has eyes on left side, separated by a flat space without a ridge; mouth long, 44% of head length, ends under rear of eye; teeth are large canines, especially at front of mouth; 21-26 gill rakers; dorsal fin begins over upper eye, eye-side scales rough, large fish with small accessory scales between larger body scales; blind side scales smooth; lateral line extending onto head, with branches to upper eye and below lower eye, strongly arched over pectoral fin. Eye side brown to grey, with or without pale and dark spots and blotches, fins lighter than body, unpaired ones marked like body, pectoral and pelvic with small dark spots, often in rows on pectoral. Their Habitat is in sandy bottoms from 1-35m from Ecuador to Chile.

Sea Bass "Cilus Gilberti"
Common Name Sea Bass, local name in Spanish) is Corvina. The corvina, also known as the corvina drum (Cilus gilberti), is a saltwater fish of the Sciaenidae family (commonly called croakers or drums). It inhabits mostly tropical to temperate coastal waters of the Southeast Pacific along Central and South America. The corvina is similar in appearance to its relatives the weakfish and spotted seatrout. Its body is blue-grey on top, silvery overall with small scales, and is elongate and somewhat compressed in shape. It has a large mouth and a dorsal fin which is deeply notched between spiny and soft parts. The corvina is found along the South American Pacific coastline from Chile to Panama. It inhabits soft bottoms at a depth of 5 to 50 meters. It reaches 100 cm in length.

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The best fishing spots for Flounder and Sea Bass in Peru are the beaches of Ica and Arequipa, both Departments are located on the Southwest Pacific Coast of Peru. The city of Ica, capital of the department of the same name, is located 300 km south from Lima in a valley which, despite its lack of water, is an ever-growing agricultural oasis. Its cotton fields are extensive, as are its fields of Lima beans, asparagus, pecans and grapes for wine production (Ica is considered the grape and wine capital of Peru). The territory around the city was previously inhabited by some of the most important cultures of ancient Peru: Paracas, Nasca and Wari. Today Ica is a friendly city and the departure point for visiting some of the best beaches on the Peruvian coast, as well as the famous Nasca Lines. From the city of Ica you can reach some of the most beautiful beaches on the Peruvian coast. There are several packed dirt roads leading west, across the desert, to the ocean.

The fishing season for this spot is the whole year. The better months are January, May, June, September, October, November and December. No moon and second Quarter are the best’s moons. The weather is a dry and sunny climate year round, with a yearly mean temperature of 22C (72 F). As with the entire coastal desert, the temperature varies greatly during the day; it can reach as high as 32C (90 F) during the day and fall as low as 8C (46 F) at night. The wind blows hard in the month of August specially in the first quarter moon. The water temperature in winter and spring time (May to November) is 16C.

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The cold waters from the Humboldt current offers us a variety of fishes such as Flounders, Sea Bass and Grunts. We use Toyota 4X4 trucks to explore more than 150 Km of beaches and the fishing technique is casting lures, natural baits or flies from the shore. Peruvian’s Flounders and Sea Bass takes artificial lures like Countdown Rapalas, all kind of Suspending lures like Yo-Zuri or Matsuo, Krokodile Spoons, Rebel and Cotton Cordel sinking lures. They prefer natural colors like blues or black with silver sides. Also we use natural baits like white anchovies or silverside fish.

FISHING TACKLE
For this package, we can provide tackle and/or you can bring your own. (We provide specific recommendations and see overview below.) The fishing technique is to cast from the shore with lures, baits or flies. Peruvian Flounders and Sea Bass are predator fishes and take lures and baits. They live close to the shore between the rocks and sand. We suggest is at least 2 spinning or casting rods, both 7 footers 2 piece, one medium action and the other medium heavy action. As the same of the rods, at least 2 reels with a capacity for 180 yards of a 12 pounds line, similar like a Daiwa BG15 and the Shimano Bait runner 3500. Monofilament Lines of 10, 12 and 14 lbs. Stren and Silver Thread are highly recommended. All kind of suspending minnow lures of 4 ¾” and 5” like Rapala Husky Jerk, YO-ZURI Arc minnow, Rebel Fast Track, and some spoon like Lurh-Jensen Krokodiles of 1.5 oz. The flounder lives very close to the shore and it is possible to fish them on fly fishing gear. A number 6/7 rod with a fixed reel with multi-tip fly line, 10 pounds tipped line and streamers like sardines or silversides are recommended.

Sample Trip (4 Days, 3 Nights, 3 Full fishing Days)

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For this tour, we can provide two new, well-maintained Toyota 4x4 Land Cruisers, FJ105 and 4Runner trucks with space for 3-4 anglers each. There are several good choices for accommodations. We normally use a private cabaña made of wood with 2 big rooms, bathroom, kitchen and dinner area. Assistance is provided the whole trip, all ground transfer in a Toyota 4x4 truck, accommodations in our beach cabaña, all typical Peruvian gourmet meals and beverages while fishing, conventional spinning tackle and natural baits, waders, English speaking fishing guide, roundtrip service from and to your Lima hotel.

Day 1
Early morning departure from Lima to Ica city (3 hours land transfer), breakfast on the route. Arrival to Ocucaje valley where we start entrance in the dirty road to Lomitas Beach (1 1/2 hours). Arrival to our Cabaña, prepare the tackle and start fishing. Lunch by midday consist of sandwiches, sodas, fruits and beers. Return by evening to the rancho, dinner. This day is considered ½ fishing day.

Day 2 and 3
Breakfast at the Rancho and departure to the fishing spots. Full day fishing with picnic lunch. Return by evening to the rancho, dinner, overnight.

Day 4
Breakfast at the Rancho and departure to the fishing spots. Half day fishing and return to Lima by the route Lomitas-Barlovento-Paracas. Arrival to Lima late evening. Transfer to your hotel or airport depending on your schedule.

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LIMA DAY FISHING

Do you have an extra day in Lima, come and enjoy fishing with us!

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We want to show you some of our beautiful beaches that offer us a variety of fishes such as Flounders, Sea Bass and Grunts. We use our well equipped Toyota 4X4 trucks to explore the beaches and desserts. The fishing technique is the surf-casting. Peruvian's Flounders and Sea Bass take artificial lures like Rapala minnows, all kind of suspending minnow lures, Krokodile Spoons, also natural baits like white anchovies or silverside fish.

One of our choices is Punta Salinas, 70 miles North from Lima, it takes 2 hours to be there and is a quiet and safet place to enjoy the fishing.
The fishing season is the whole year round. No moon and second Quarter are the best's moons. Only restriction is size of the waves, as it determines if the fishing is good or bad. The weather is dry and sunny climate from September to April, with a temperature average of 22C (72 F), and a little cold the rest of the year 17C. The water temperature in winter and spring time (May to November) is 15C.

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For this package, we provide all the tackle, but you can bring your own. Peruvian Flounder are a predator bottom fish and take lures and baits close to the shore between the rocks and sand. We suggest and provide at least 2 spinning or casting rods, both 7 footers 2 piece, one medium action and the other medium heavy action. As the same of the rods, at least 2 reels with a capacity for 180 yards of a 12 pounds line, similar like a Daiwa BG15 and the Shimano Bait runner 3500. Monofilament Lines of 10, 12 and 14 lbs. Stren and Silver Thread are highly recommended. All kind of suspending minnow lures of 4 ¾" and 5" like Rapala Husky Jerk, YO-ZURI Arc minnow, Rebel Fast Track, and some spoon like Lurh-Jensen Krokodiles of 1.5 oz.

Sample Trip (One Full Day)

The package includes assistance for the whole trip, all ground transfer in a Toyota Land Cuiser FJ105 or 4Runner 4x4 truck, all typical Peruvian meals and beverages while fishing (breakfast and Lunch), 1 day of fishing, full tackle and natural baits, waders, American style fishing guide, roundtrip from and to your hotel.

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6 am: Pick up from your Hotel in Lima and departure to the fishing area.
7 am: Breakfast stop in Chancay for a typical Chicharron Sandwich (fried pork meet) and best quality Peruvian Coffee
8 am: Arrival to the fishing area, arranges the tackle and start fishing.
12 pm: Lunch that consist in sandwiches, soft drinks, water, beers and fresh fruits.
1 pm: After a small break start fishing for the rest of the afternoon.
3 pm: Return to Lima city.
4 pm: On the way, visit an authentic Pre-Inca cementery of the Chancay Culture, a cultura that was specialized in fishing.
6 pm: Arrival to Lima, transfer to the hotel. End of our services.

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DEEP SEA FISHING

Perhaps best known in Peru is Cabo Blanco, the fishing paradise of Ernest Hemingway, where he was inspired to write "The Old and the Sea". Also known as the Marlin´s Boulevard, it is home to Tuna, Swordfish, Black and Striped Marlin, Bonito, Dolphin (also called Mahi Mahi or Dorado) and Barracuda. In the coastal trolling you will find Grouper, Conger and Sea Bass.

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Peru, located on the western side in the center of South America, has 2,800 kilometers of Pacific Ocean coast. The cold waters of the Humboldt Current influence over 75% of the coast; the northern 25% of the coastline is influenced by warmer tropical currents. Therefore, deep-sea fishing for Black Marlin, and yellow fin tuna is possible offshore along the northern coast and inshore in the northern mangrove swamps you can find Sea bass, snook and grouper.

Peru’s northern coast is an exceptional zone for deep-sea fishing and great place to start a fishing adventure. Along the northern coast, the cold Humboldt marine current and El Niño current converge to produce conditions unique in the world. This one of a kind phenomenon is why Punta Sal and its adjacent zones are a fishing lover’s dream come true. From Punta Sal, which is just about an hour south of Tumbes, you can start an excursion which will take you in search of impressive marine species such as the striped marlin, the black marlin, the yellow-finned tuna, the wahoo and dorado. Actually, it was on these waters that a black marlin weighing 1,560 pounds was captured, setting the world record.

The best time to fish for striped Marlin is the months of June and July. The black Marlin passes through the tip of the northern coast a few months later in August, September, and October. Between October and December from the shore of the sea you can see also whales and dolphins in the area.

Just contact us for assistance on your adventure.

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