Jaguar Explorer Camp

Jaguar Explorer - Guyana Adventure Fishing Vacations

Trip Summary

Destination Essequibo River
Country Guyana
Season September to April
Trip Type South American Jungle Fishing Camp
Species Arapaima, ‘Yellow’ Peacock Bass, Bicuda, Hymara / Wolf Fish ~ Payara ~ big Black Piranha, Pescada / Cobi ~ Couti ~ huge Red Pacu and Silver Pacu ~ MONSTER Lau/ Piraiba Cats ~ Redtail Cats ~ Tiger / Shovel nosed Cats ~ Jandia Cats & many more species
Description Jungle Adventure Fishing and camping trip - in search of River Monsters!
Cost $3950 per angler (all costs are in US dollars)
Duration 9 Day Trip with 7 Days’ Fishing

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Trip Introduction

Amazon-Angler hosts small groups of anglers deep into unspoilt rainforest on the Essequibo River, exploring even more Amazonian waters in beautiful Guyana.

Apart from local subsistence fishing, these wild river systems have areas that have rarely seen a rod or line. This beautiful river runs through virgin rainforest, cascading over huge rocks and boulders, creating deep pools and runs for Giant Cats and many other predatory species of fish to be caught on baits, lures and flies.

We fish from September to March inclusive. It is typically warm with temperature over 70º F at night and 80-90º F during the day, but it feels cooler most of the time due to plenty of breeze.

The Fishing

PREDATORS GALORE… There is such a diversity of predatory species to be caught in these rivers. With lures, flies, jigs, spoons, cut baits and other baits, dozens of different fish will keep the avid angler busy the whole trip. Our top species count to date is 47!

Hard-fighting ‘Yellow’ and ‘Lake’ Peacock Bass are two of the toughest and meanest Cichla species found in the Amazon Rainforest. These amazing predators can be caught on medium-sized walk-the-dog lures like spooks and skitter walks, small poppers, propbaits and on jigs, flies and minnow baits. They will smash topwater lures with abandon and there is nothing like the strike of a Peacock exploding on a lure worked across the surface. The bigger ‘Yellows’ can reach over 17lbs.

The slash-and-grab Payara/Vampire Fish and the Pike-like Bicuda visibly chase surface lures, minnowbaits, jigs and flies in the faster water. They are often seen crashing on baitfish on the surface. Payara will take cutbait/strips too.

Arowana/Monkey Fish grow huge here and also make a regular appearance. They will annihilate topwater lures, minnowbaits, jigs and flies. Giant Black Piranhas and Coby/Pescada can also be caught using cutbait, or small lures, spoons and deep-jigging lures in the deeper pools and runs.

MONSTER ARAPAIMAS AND CATFISH… We really do have some RIVER MONSTERS here, with massive Arapaima gigas and also huge Cats, from the unusual up to big bruising bullies. All can be caught on cutbait, livebait or whole dead fish.

Arapaimas are old, ancient beasts that are very prehistoric-looking, with armoured-plating over their entire bodies, yet they can be so delicate after being landed. They live in quiet backwater and bays, usually in low oxygenated water and grow to over 500lbs and 4m in length! We only use circle hooks for these Giants to avoid any belly-hooked fish. Great care is needed to revive these Leviathans before returning them to the lagoon.

The two species of Surubim or Shovel-nosed Tiger Cats here 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 Leopard or Jundia Cat is a dynamite of a fish for its size. Averaging 15lbs, they max out at about 25lbs and are one of the tastiest fish in the Amazon.

The express train Banana Fish or Redtail Cats must be rated as the hardestfighting 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.  Jau Cats are the Rottweillers of the river and 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. THE King of all our Cats, the Giant Freshwater Shark/Lau-lau /Piraiba. This leviathan grows to over 400lbs and when hooked, roars off at 50 miles an hour. It may take you a couple of hours to land one of these huge fish.

There are so many other species for the avid angler to catch who is willing to go that extra mile. Anglers can catch nut, fruit and berry-eating fish like big Red and Silver Pacu, Couti, Aracu and many more scaled species all day long. All these smaller scaled species make for great fresh Catfish bait too! The weird and wonderful are also still to be discovered by many foreign fishermen and we have them all. Plenty of European anglers enjoy what is classified as ‘coarse fishing’, and an angler could easily ‘bag-up’ with sweetcorn, nuts, fruits, potato, fish strips or freshwater snails.

The Accommodation

The all-new Jaguar Explorer Mobile Camp Trips are run in the main Essequibo River between two separate camps. We offer so much to do and see for solo anglers, couples, fishing partners, families (with kids of 9yrs and above) and small groups, with a maximum ten anglers at one time.

Based way above a local Amerindian village, we have miles and miles of river to explore as far as King William Falls and below in and around our landlocked Arapaima lakes and the main river system. 

The two campsites will provide our anglers with two unique fishing areas – upriver for Giant Arapaima in the jungle’s lakes and lagoons, Redtail and Surubim Cats, Peacock Bass and Payara, and downriver for the many of the bigger Cats, more Peacock Bass and Payara and much, much more.

Each camp will be set up under the trees in the shade with a great view of the river to wake up to. ‘Safari-camp kitchens’ will supply our guests with wholesome camp cooking and three meals a day. Each of our anglers will have his/her own tent with a mattress.

Travel Plan

DAY 1: Arrival and transfer from Cheddi Jagan (GEO) International Airport (or Ogle) to Kanuku Suites and overnight

DAY 2: Morning flight to jungle village airstrip. Boat transfer from village to Camp 1. Fishing if time allows.

Day 3 – 9: Three full days fishing at Camp 1, followed by travel by boat to Camp 2 on Day 6, fishing on the way down. Days 7, 8 and 9 with three more full days fishing.

DAY 10: Early flight back to OGLE Airport arrivaing mid-late afternoon, transfer to Kanuku Suites and overnight.

DAY 11: Transfer to CJIA or Ogle and onwards journey home.

What Does it Cost?

DURATION 9 Day Trip with 7 Days’ Fishing
COST $3950 per angler (all costs are in US dollars)
OCCUPANCY Single anglers, partners, families (with children 9yrs and above), small groups all welcome. Each person will have their own tent.
INCLUDED Transfers from CJIA or Ogle and two nights at Kanuku Suites with Continental breakfast (one night on arrival and one night at end of trip), return flights Ogle/airstrip/Ogle, eight nights at camp with seven full days guided fishing, daily laundry, all meals, water, soft drinks and beer at camp. Price also includes Amerindian Community fees.
NOT INCLUDED International airfares, tipping (we insist on USD $150 per person to be divided between all guides and camp staff), meals and drinks other than in camp and liquor or other drinks other than above, costs associated with medical advice and medications for your trip, lures, fishing tackle etc.
  • Costs are based on double occupancy at Kanuku Suites, sharing boat with fishing partner or other solo angler.
  • Prices are stated as a guide and may be subject to currency and seasonal variations.
  • Terms and conditions of payments: 50% as deposit on reservation, 50% due 90 days before arrival in GT.
  • A full tackle guide and gear list will be provided once a deposit payment has been received for reservation of trip.
  • 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. Please ask for Details.
  • Please check that you have had a Yellow Fever Vaccination and bring your Vaccination Certificate with you in case you are required to show it (Yellow Fever Vaccinations are now valid for life). Also inquire with your doctor for any other medications or vaccines needed.


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