Marie River in Brazil has been fishing extremely well in its inaugural season, with more big peacock bass being caught than anywhere else. This is where the world record peacock bass on the fly will surely be caught – it’s only a matter of time.
Here’s a recent trip report (by John Sherman):
Our week was a challenging one due to water levels. The river rose 10ft the week we were down there and the fishing was about 1/2 to 1/3 as good as previous weeks, the water was on the rise every day, with the exception of the second to last day. With that being said everyone in the group had multiple good days and 4 fish over 20lbs were landed! My first fish was a 19lb’er and my second fish hooked broke a TMC 600 SP 3/0 (easily in the 20lb class), and my third fish hooked was a 20.5 all in the first hour of the 1/2 day of fishing! What a way to start!! We had a few slow days where we caught about 10 for the boat and a few excellent days where we were well over 30.
I can imagine how good the sight fishing would be with the right low water conditions (Almost all of the white sand gravel bars had multiple feet of water over the top of them). I saw three fish on the trip and got all 3 to eat. I think you will attract many of the saltwater flats anglers down there by properly promoting this aspect of the fishery.
I was very impressed with how well the operation was run, given it was the inaugural season and with the remoteness of destination. The staff, food, boats and guides were all excellent. The way the Native guides worked with the Brazilian and Argentina guides were like they’ve been doing it for 10+ years, and both guides provided value while fishing.
Season is impressively good and the numbers tell the story:
Oct 1- Oct 29th – 4 weeks opening season:
Average number of Peacocks caught per week: 460
Average number of 10 plus pounders per week: 23
Average Number of 18 plus pounders per week: 12
Total number of 20+ pounders in 5 weeks of 8 anglers: 22 (Average of 5,5 fish over 20 pound class per week)
Prime of the season is September-November, with the cost of a week currently set at US$5,950 + US$595 for the reserve fee. This is based on the 2014 season, but little change is expected for the 2015 season.
For more details on Marie River or to enquire on availability please contact Steffan Jones or call us on 01980 847389.