EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Back in 2010 season, Steve Townson and our Brazilian associate sat down and threw around a few ideas on how we could reach out to even more remote fishing areas where no-one has ever been before.
Even with a shallow-drafted yacht or ‘motherboat’, there are still limits to where we can travel. We wanted more but what could we do to achieve this mission? We needed something pretty special. So a plan was born. We would build the first floating fishing camp with an even shallower draft, which could be put on the move at a minute’s notice, through even the hardest-to-reach and far-flung areas of the Amazon and with adventure fishing in mind. Over the following months, Steve set the guidelines and designed the camp to exactly the right specifications. This camp had to be comfortable, have spacious staterooms with en-suite bathrooms. It had to have a good-sized dining room and lounge area, a kitchen, bar, the works. It had to be just right for our clients.
Construction started on our floating camp over the winter and Steve oversaw each stage. We have now modified the design and are proud to say that the end result is fantastic. “2013 saw the launch of our NEW perfectly mobile fishing camp for the Amazon jungle that we call Cabaçeiras Floating Pontoon Camp. It is towed along by a small support boat to the upper reaches navigating through otherwise un-passable waters and sand banks.
We can now take guests fishing in literally virgin waters, where monster Peacocks are lurking and some that have never seen a lure before. Imagine a secluded lagoon that is untouched in every way. Peacocks busting up on baitfish everywhere, wildlife wherever you look, white sandy beaches along the edges and surrounded by beautiful jungle. This is our quest for the coming seasons.
Our floating camp is ‘one-of-a-kind’ and has been set out to very high standards in every sense. The whole structure has been built on a double-pontoon system 16m long x 6.50m wide with a draft of less than 20cm, even when loaded with anglers and gear.
Each stateroom of 3m x 2.7m accommodates two anglers comfortably, with large twin beds, individual air conditioning and en-suite bathroom with a hot-water shower, sink and toilet. There is ample wardrobe storage and hanging space for clothes, luggage and private items.
The six guests’ staterooms are situated in the front half of the 1st floor of the camp, two on either side and separated by a corridor, allowing for a total of 12 anglers per week only. We wanted to keep these groups small and cosy.
There is a fully-stocked bar and fridges in the dining room. A generator supplies 110v power to all rooms and an ice machine provide a 24/7 supply for the ice chests and all drinks. The fully-equipped kitchen is downstairs and is strictly the domain of our resident cook!
Cabaçeiras (pronounced ‘Cabasayrers’) will moor up to a white sandy beach in the evenings and guests can sit out with their feet in the water and a few ‘sundowners’ and bragging before dinner is served or even afterwards, under the stars.
Day 1: TOUR STARTS: Arrive in Manaus, transfer to the Quality Hotel and overnight.
Day 2: Early transfer to airport and floatplane to the river and camp. Start fishing when ready!
Day 3 - 8: Six days of guided Peacock Bass fishing.
Day 9: Return by floatplane to Manaus and transfer to airport for flight home. TOUR ENDS.
Our ‘Cabaçeiras’ Floating Camp package pricing (based on double occupancy) for a duration of of 9 days, 8 nights (7 nights at camp) and 6+ days fishing.
$4,250 * based on double occupancy
A 50% deposit is required to reserve places when booking. The remaining payment is due 90 days before actual trip starts.
Single supplements can be quoted for
Airport transfers, one night on arrival in hotel room in Manaus (based on double occupancy), return floatplane flight Manaus/Cabaçeiras with 6+ days fishing, fishing licenses, all accommodation aboard the Cabaçeiras floating camp, all meals, drinks, laundry service etc
International airfares into Brazil and national airfares to Manaus, Brazil; meals and drinks apart from at the Cabaçeiras camp, tips to hotel porters, staff and guides; costs associated with passports and visas (Citizens of the EEC do NOT need visas for Brazil); costs associated with any medical advice and medications for your trip; hotel stays (if necessary) elsewhere and for additional days, insurance.
* Above prices are stated as a guide and may be subject to currency and seasonal variations. Please enquire for exact prices for the dates you are interested in at time of booking.
* Flights to Brazil and onto Manaus are not included, but we can help you arrange them.
* A strict 15kg weight allowance will be enforced on each trip for all floatplane flights.
Through our travel agent partners we are able to secure excellent rates for all your international and domestic flights and travel insurance that are not included in our packages.
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‘Cabaçeiras’ is the only completely self-contained, floating camp in the Amazon.
Primarily the Rio Negro and Rio Branco, plus the Madeira watersheds
September to March
Peacock Bass ~ Suribim ~ Traira ~ Bicuda ~ Dogfish ~ Jacunda ~ Catfish ~ Pescada ~ Arauana ~ Piranha
Peacock Bass fishing camp trip to allow our anglers to reach the headwaters of some of the Amazon’s tributaries that no other angling boats can reach
9 day package with 6+ days’ fishing
No of Days
We have six fully carpeted 16-foot ‘Tracker-style’ boats for the new fishing camp, with raised casting decks back and front (with American-style swivel seats if needed), front electric trolling motors and brand new 40hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboards.
Two anglers per boat will be taken fishing by an experienced and local native guide. We will fish the numerous lagoons (some land-locked and hidden), smaller rivers and tributaries.
Peacock Bass anglers will tell you that once you have a big Peacock blow up on their surface lure, you’ll be hooked for life! There is nothing more exciting than seeing that big fish explode on your Woodchopper, Spook or other surface bait. The strike is nothing less than awe-inspiring. It is loud, aggressive, fast, furious and shocking all in one.
Peacock Bass are structure loving fish, although spawning fish are often seen with their young dimpling the flat mirror glass surface of a quiet lagoon. Anything passing in its territory is enemy No1 and they will attack it with ferocity like no other fish. If they don’t want to eat it, they want to kill it and that is NO exaggeration. Baits have to be worked fast here in the Amazon. Nothing slow swims in the Amazon and stays alive for long.
In the rainy season, the waters rise incredibly. A river that is only 100m wide within its banks in the dry season, may be 20 or more kilometres wide in the rainy season, spread way out into the flooded ‘Varzea’. Fishing during that time is like finding a needle in a haystack as the predators have followed the baitfish far back into the jungle. Once the rains stop and the levels recede back out of the jungle and into the river banks, this is prime time to catch this magnificent adversary.
Key structures that Peacock Bass love to inhabit are entrances to lagoons, points of beaches and trees, shoulders between a bank and an island, blow-downs and lay-downs, stands of trees and individual trees, sandy beach troughs made by the current, rocks etc.
Best surface baits to use are Woodchoppers and other propbaits, walk-the-dog style lures like Spooks and other cigar-shaped baits and Poppers. Best sub-surface lures are lead-head jigs, minnow-style baits like Rapala X raps, Yozuri Crystal Minnows, Cotton Cordell or similar. Jigs can catch you over 150 fish a day, although many will be smaller than when using the larger baits. Fly fishing is a great way to fish in the right conditions, off sandy beaches, in lagoons and in the many river systems. You can catch over 200 Peacocks a day with large, flashy streamer flies.
Depending on current water levels at the time of our trips, we will fish only the upper reaches of the top-producing, tannin-stained, blackwater Peacock Bass fisheries in the world, where logistically no other operations can reach due to the long distance away from Barcelos and the shallow water and sandbanks.
This includes the Caures, Ciuini, Alegria, Araca, Urubaixi, Padauari, Preto, Arirarra, Itu and many others.
We will be literally hundreds of kilometres away from any modern civilization and yet we can still produce excellent meals from our fully-equipped kitchen. If you have any special requests, please ask away and we will try and accommodate you.
For breakfast there will be an assortment of fresh fruit, juice, cereal, home-baked bread, toast, eggs, bacon, sausage and meat, pastries, cakes, pancakes, jam, hot coffee and tea and any beverage we have onboard.
Lunch will either be with sandwiches, fruit and cakes in a packed lunch box before setting off fishing in the morning, or a shore lunch with freshly-caught Peacock Bass on a home-made green sapling BBQ.
Dinner will be served once all anglers are back from their day’s fishing and have washed and showered and are ready to eat. Dinner includes soup, hot meat dishes, fresh fish, vegetables, salads, desserts and fruit, coffee… and the bar is always open!
Drinks are available 24/7 including all soft drinks, bottled water, ice cold beer, local Rum and Cachaça Sugar Cane liquor. A cool-box with your choice of drinks and filled with ice will be taken along each day while fishing. We advise anyone wishing to drink hard liquor to bring their own along with them.
On one of the evenings we will have a Luão or beach BBQ dinner with all the staff, guides and guests joining in. This is a great way to get to know everyone involved in our team effort. Table and chairs are laid out on the beach and a big BBQ pit is made in the sand. Fish, sausage, chicken, pork and steak are all cooked and served while you enjoy your drinks under the stars.