The end of season fishing report from Piraracú makes exciting reading for any angler keen to target the extraordinary and ancient arapaima. Here’s the the round up from the lodge:

At the end of our 2022 season in Pirarucú, our eighth season, we can honestly say that our high expectations were met, and in some cases, exceeded. Among the highlights were broken records, and amazing fishing overall.

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A monster arapiama landed at Pirarucú

Throughout our season, which spans from September through November, the water levels were lower than usual. Most rivers in the central Amazon watershed reacted this way, thanks to the natural phenomenon of La Nina. This reality made our logistics a little more challenging than seasons past, but on the other hand, the weather gave us tremendous fishing conditions.

The final numbers this season ended with an average of 215 arapaima landed. This is quite an amazing figure, breaking down to almost one arapaima landed per angler per day. That is practically unheard of, so we were more than pleased with those statistics.

Celebrating a catch at Pirarucú

The average size was outstanding, with more than 30 fish over two metres. It is because of these numbers that our guides named this season “The Season of Monsters”. To go along with that name, we decided to create the Monsters Award, giving names and numbers to every angler who landed a truly giant arapaima with us.

Monsters Awards
5th Place – 225 cm. – Andrés Castilho – Brazil
4th Place – 229 cm. – Milton Gareca – Argentina
3rd Place – 230 cm. – Paul Burton – USA
2nd Place – 233 cm. – Eduardo Castro – Brazil
Largest Fish of the season – 235 cm. – Ken Dawes – England

For more information on fishing in this wonderful location (great for non-fishers too) please contact Alex Jardine or call us on 01980 847389.