Rio Juruena Lodge

Amazon Giant Wolf Fish and multi-species Fishing Trip Vacation

Trip Summary

Destination The Rio Juruena in Northern Mato Grosso State
Country Brazil
Season June to November
Trip Type Comfortable riverside family-run lodge
Species Huge Wolf Fish ~ Peacock Bass ~ Bicuda ~ Payara ~ Matrinxã ~ Jataruana ~ Pacu ~ Redtail Cats ~ Jau Cats ~ Surubim Cats ~ Piraiba Cats
Description Full-on fishing trip ideal for families, groups, solo anglers as well as partners, couples etc
Cost from $3050 per angler (all costs are in US dollars)
Duration 8 Day Trip with 6 Days’ Fishing

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Trip Introduction

Great all-round trip with a very comfortable Lodge.

In this particularly productive and varied watershed, there is a huge diversity of species to be caught, but the Jewel in the Crown on this particular river is the largest Wolf Fish in the world inhabit the rocks, pools, fast rapids and beaches here.

Days are typically warm with temperature over 70º F at night and 80-90º F during the day, but it can feel cooler most of the time due to plenty of breeze. This is a full-on fishing trip ideal for families, groups, solo anglers as well as partners and couples.

The Fishing

WOLF FISH: In this particularly productive and varied watershed, there is a huge diversity of species to be caught, but the Jewel in the Crown on this particular river is the HUGE Wolf Fish that inhabit the rocks, pools, fast rapids and beaches. They literally explode on any bait, lure or fly that passes in front of them. An incredibly agile fish for such a beast, it can reach over 50lbs in this fishery.

Wolf Fish are the most aggressive of all Amazon predators and the most dangerous to handle near the boat. They have many names, like the Crocodile Perch, Alligator Fish, all nasty, big and deadly! Wolf Fish love top water lures and will smash them with such ferocity. Spinnerbaits, big Minnows, in fact just about any big lure is fair game to a Wolf Fish!

 The best chance to catch a really huge Wolf Fish is by using cutbait or livebait. When using cutbait, it’s cast into a deep pool and the angler waits ….. he feels a mere nibbling, nearly like minnows pecking at the bait. Often a Wolfie will just lie there having swallowed the bait, so it’s usual practice to lift and drop slowly if in doubt. Once hooked a big Wolf Fish will launch into the air like a rocket and twist and dive and give an angler one of the best fights he will ever have.

PEACOCK BASS: We have the beautiful Cichla miriniae Peacock here and like all Peacock species, they will hit most lures with abandon. Medium-sized top water prop and stick baits and poppers work well, as do jigs, flies and minnow baits. These Peacocks reach a max. 14-15lbs. They are found in a few lagoons along the river, around rock bars and banks and sometimes on points and sandbars.

BICUDA: Very large Bicuda inhabit the rapids and well-oxygenated waters and will literally blast small top water prop and stick baits and poppers right out of the water. They are truly the acrobat of the Amazon, jumping and twisting non-stop and can reach 12-14lbs. Bicuda can also be caught on most lures including small-medium minnow baits, jigs, flies and spoons. They do not take being kept long out of water so photos must be taken swiftly and the fish returned as soon as possible.

PAYARA: These ‘silver missile’ Vampire Fish are the speedsters of the river. With their big lower canines and mouth full of sharp dagger-like teeth, they will strike at most lure, even top waters….. Deep-diving lures and minnow baits are the norm here, but Payara also take cut bait and live bait, especially when fishing for Wolf Fish. Once hooked they will jump and somersault all over the river. The fight is brutal but usually short-lived and the sheer size of these fish make them appear much heavier than they really are.

MATRINXÃ and JATUARÁNA: Both species are similar in looks and in their feeding habits, except Matrinxã reach a max. of 8lbs where Jatuarána will get to 14+lbs. Both species will take worms, small poppers, stick baits and minnow baits, small cut baits, and fruits when in season. They are incredibly hard fighting and acrobatic and a much sought-after table fish. Delicious, especially the ribs.

PACU: Another great eating fish, the Pacu can be caught on many baits, especially worms and fruits. Again, the ribs are delicious and the fish is hard-fighting. With a few different species here, the largest reaches around 10-12lbs.

NB. For some inexplicable reason, there are NO Piranhas in this watershed!

CATFISH:- While the Rio Juruena is not primarily a big Cat river, there are still plenty of species to be found on live and cutbait:

REDTAILS: With brilliantly painted red tails, these lumps will take baits and run straight for cover. Dirty fighters but brutally tough, they will fight and fight and tire the angler out! Cut and live baits are used to catch these heavy fish that can reach 80+lbs.

JAU: Like Japanese Sumo wrestlers, these gnarly Cats are mostly found in fast, deep, rocky water just out of the current. They can be anything from a yellow coloration to green, black, grey, marbled and all of the above. They are usually spotted and have a yellow mouth and long whiskers. A great fighter that aims straight back into the rocks when hooks. Caught on live and cutbaits and can reach 60-80lbs here.

JUNDIA/LEOPARD CATS: These beautifully-marked orange/brown fish with long whiskers and honeycombed markings all along it body and fins, have smaller mouths than unusual for Cats. They will take smaller baits but will often ‘pick’ at a larger bait, and keep on dropping it and coming back to it. For such a small Cat (25lbs max.) it fights much harder for its weight on strong tackle.

PIRAIBA/FILHOTE: These are the largest Cats in the Amazon but surprisingly they do not grow to the Giant proportions as do their cousins in most other Amazonian rivers. Reaching a max. 100lbs, they still give an incredible fight and will strip line off the reel in an instant. Taken on dead and live baits, these are the Kings of the Amazon!

SURUBIM: We have two species of Surubim or Shovel-nosed Cats in the Juruena, the Cachára and the Caparári. Cachára get to 30-40lbs while the bigger Caparári reaches over 70lbs. Long, streamlined fish with beautiful hieroglyphic markings on their bodies, they can be caught sometimes on lures and jigs, but mainly with worms, live baits and small cut baits.

The Accommodation

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are air-conditioned, fitting 2-3 anglers per room.

There is a large dining area with a big kitchen that supplies sumptuous meals three times a day. A relaxing lounge area with wide screen TV is nearby for pre and post-dinner drinks and Brazil’s famous Caiparinhas.

Travel Plan

DAY 1: Anglers fly from São Paulo to Cuiabá. Onwards flight via Azul Airways leaving at 12:30pm and arriving in Alta Floresta at 1:45pm. Private charter flights (4 persons per plane) leaving at 2.30pm, arriving at the lodge at approx. 4.00pm. Overnight at lodge.


DAYS 2-7: Six days guided fishing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge (siesta after lunch).

DAY 8: Mid-morning charter flight back to Alta Floresta for 2.15pm flight back to Cuiabá. Onwards flight back to São Paulo and home.

What Does it Cost?

DURATION 8 Day Trip with 6 Days’ Fishing
COST from $3050 per angler (all costs are in US dollars)
OCCUPANCY Cost based on Double Occupancy
INCLUDED Return flights Alta Floresta/Lodge (with payment conditions as stated above), all food and beverages while at lodge and while fishing, daily laundry, lead weights for bottom fishing and 6 days guided fishing, (based on double occupancy).
NOT INCLUDED Visas, international and national flights, meals and drinks while not at the lodge, medicines, tips, hard liquor, wine, fishing tackle, lures, jigs etc.

7 Nights and 6 Days Fishing excluding charter flights:
USD $3050 pp (based on double occupancy).

USD $2500 (divided between max. 4 anglers).

4 Anglers in Plane
USD $3675 Total Cost including charter flight per person

3 Anglers in Plane
USD $3885 Total Cost including charter flight per person

2 Anglers in Plane
USD $4300 Total Cost including charter flight per person


  • A 50% deposit is required to reserve places when booking. The remaining payment is due 90 days before actual trip starts.
  • 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.
  • While we are fishing in clean, low pH water, there are generally no mosquitos and no need to take Malaria prophylactics, although we do have no-see-ums in the mornings and late afternoons so insect repellant is recommended.
  • A full tackle guide and gear list will be provided once a deposit payment has been received for reservation of trip.
  • Tips – we suggest $150 pp for your guide and $150 pp for the lodge’s staff.
  • 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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