This mighty leviathan is the one Amazonian fish that every angler wants to catch and is the Holy Grail of all the Amazonian species. Arapaima lurks in the many ponds, lagoons and lakes (over 50 in this system alone) off the river. This fish is prehistoric in every sense, it’s an air breather, but it’s an incredibly delicate fish for its size at the same time.
Arapaimas ‘roll’ on the surface to gulp air and they easily give their presence away. With our strict catch and release policy, ALL Arapaima are not harmed in any way. They are revived carefully and released quickly to fight another day.
These incredible river monsters grow in excess of 4.5m and reach over 500lbs! The areas where we fish have many Arapaima and we target them using big flies and lures or with live, cut or whole dead baits.
To catch an Arapaima on a fly must be up there with the ultimate fishing experience to be had by any angler in the world! Heavy 10-12wt. outfits and big flies are a must here.
We also fish ‘lighter’ outfits with medium-sized lures to trigger amazingly strong and aggressive strikes from big Arapaima. A heavy or medium-heavy set-up with 65lbs braid provides some of the best sport fishing for these leviathans.
Huge Cats, from the unusual up to big bruising bullies are found in the deep holes of the river system proper. All can be caught on cutbait, livebait or whole dead fish.
Two species of Surubim or Shovel-nosed Tiger Cats (incuding the easily-caught and very odd, elongated ‘Paleta’ or Firewood Shovel-nose) are both fast, sleek and strike hard. These hieroglyphically-marked predators are also caught on lures. Growing to over 50lbs, they are powerful fish to catch.
The Flat-whiskered Cat is a dynamite of a fish for its size. Averaging 15lbs, they max out at about 25lbs and are the tastiest fish in the Amazon.
The express train Redtail Cats must be rated as the hardest-fighting Cats in the whole Amazon for their size. An 80lb Redtail will take you all over the river and strip line in reel-smoking, screaming runs.
Monster ‘Amarillos’ Jau Cats to over 180lbs are the Rottweilers of the river dwell in the rocks and fast water and will take you deep in their caves! Gentle persuasion followed by brute force is needed to land these giants.