Hi, I’m Steve Townson and the reigning Amazon Peacock Bass World Champion. I’ve specialized in jig fishing for Giant Peacock Bass for many years and I won both the 2006 and 2007 International Amazon Peacock Bass World Championships using exclusively ‘Stevie Stinger’ Jigs.
My partners are a Brazilian fellow angler and wife team who I have known for many years. All of our jigs are made in Manaus, Brazil. While the husband pours and hand-paints each jig head, his wife, together with a helper and myself, ties all our jigs. We believe these bespoke jigs are the perfect product for any new or veteran Peacock Bass angler to use at a very reasonable and affordable price.
All materials are imported into Brazil to ensure the best quality in all our jigs. The heads are hand-cast in ‘Ultra Minnow’ shapes (Do-it molds), in both 1/2oz and 5/8oz sizes (14g and 17g) with extra-strong 4/0 and 5/0 Eagle Claw 4101 jig hooks respectively (bigger hooks tend to hang up on trees and structure more easily so we use a max. 5/0). Each jig head comes with 3D or standard eyes and is color-coordinated with the actual jig body to present an even more extended profile.
‘Stevie Stinger’ Jigs are responsible for catching fish all over the world, with Pike and Perch in the UK, Zander (European ‘Walleyes’) and Wels Cats in Spain, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass in the States, Barramundi and Salmon in Australia, GTs, Barracuda and other reef fish in Mauritius, Tiger Fish and Nembwe in Zambia and Namibia and most importantly in our main field of action, Peacock Bass, Payara, Pescada, Aimara, Bicuda, Aruawana, Sardinata, Golden Dorado, Arapaima and many more species throughout the Amazon and South America.
‘Stevie Stingers’ are tied with premium, extra-long buck tails, Mirror Flash for a more reflective and natural-looking presentation and all have extended tails tied onto 80lb monofilament, making the total length of 6 ½ inches.
The biggest problem facing jig fishermen in the Amazon is Piranhas. They will tear jigs apart if they are in the area. We have seen it all! Jigs that are so elaborately tied and therefore more costly to make, which get destroyed in seconds by these ferocious predators. For this reason, we have simplified our design using basic products to directly reduce costs to the angler, while still maintaining a great design that attracts big fish.
Being made in Manaus, ‘Stevie Stinger’ Jigs are available to all Peacock Bass anglers arriving in the city before their trip commences. Anglers and groups can now pre-order the required amount of jigs for their specific trip, which will then be delivered to them on arrival at their hotel or to their trip representatives.
Although we tie ‘Stevie Stingers’ in these ten top-producing colors, any different personalized color combinations can be used to suit clients’ individual tastes. Just let us know which you would prefer and we will create them for you. Jigs of all colors and sizes will catch Peacock Bass and many anglers have their own preferences.
We also supply our jigs to fishing stores in Manaus and Sao Paulo and to some of the top operators and outfitters in the Amazon.
Although most jigs will catch many different species of fish, the ‘Stevie Stinger’ was specifically designed by us to attract our main target species, the Giant Peacock Bass of the Amazon.
We guarantee that if you use them correctly, and because they give a more subtle approach in difficult conditions, our jigs will catch more Peacock Bass than any other lure in your tackle box, from 1/2lb to 20+lbs. The largest fish to date to come on a ‘Stevie Stinger’ weighed in at an incredible 26lbs, caught on a spinning outfit and 30lb line by my fishing partner while trolling on the Rio Alegria, a smaller tributary to the Rio Negro.
You may ask, “Can such a small bait catch huge fish?” The answer is absolutely. Because we use jigheads with strong single hooks instead of lures with sets of trebles, our jigs will allow for a better hook-up rate overall. This jig is our #1 go-to lure and the best all-round prospector for Peacock Bass. I have personally caught more than 40 Peacocks weighing over 20lbs, most of them while using ‘Stevie Stingers’ , with my biggest at 25lbs.
Most baitfish in the Amazon have a slim profile and we ‘matched the hatch’ as best possible. With extended tails and colour-coordinated streamlined heads, when the jigs are submerged, the presentation creates the required shape and size. Buck tail tends to pulse when stripped and is irresistible to most fish. In the Amazon there are no fish that move slowly and unless the jig is worked back to the boat fairly fast, Peacocks will tend to leave it alone.
Using either a 7-7’6” M-M/L spinning rod and 2500 spinning reel or a 6’6”-7’ M-M/H baitcasting rod with a 200-sized baitcasting reel and 30-50lb braid (any thicker diameter line makes casting to distance more difficult), jigs can be cast far and long and into hiding places where a marauding Peacock Bass may be lying in wait. The retrieve used is similar to that of a fast-stripped streamer fly and not jigged vertically up or down. Jigs can be used with the rod tip pointed down to the water and either ‘nodded’, ripped, swum or swept to reproduce a baitfish fleeing or in distress, causing them to dart and pause, dart and pause.
Jigs should be cast or flipped to any likely-looking Peacock Bass holding structure, beside trees and brush, undercuts of banks, sandbars, points and troughs. And there can be nothing more exciting than sight-casting to patrolling Peacocks on sandbars as they can be seen turning and exploding on the jig.
‘Stevie Stingers’ can also be trolled behind the boat. Having fished all the way into a big lagoon, this is a great method to fish the way back out again, especially to catch pairs of larger Peacocks hanging out in the deeper, cooler areas. The jig is let out approx. 50m behind the boat and the angler ‘nods’ or ‘jerks’ the rod tip to create the same ‘pulse’ as when casting. Loosen off the clutch though, as many rods have been broken or ripped out of anglers’ hands this way. Remember you’ll be fighting the fish as well as the speed of the boat!
‘Stevie Stingers’ are also some of the best follow-up lures for a missed fish. If a large Peacock Bass swirls or slaps at a topwater lure and misses it, immediately cast a jig in the hole and hang on! A smaller offering will often catch the fish rather than a larger lure.
An even deadlier method to catch large Peacock Bass is to fish ‘fry balls’. Peacocks will protect their offspring with their own lives and are particularly aggressive at this stage. Silently arrive into a lagoon and search the flat surface for signs of fry balls, not making a sound. Any clink of a rod on the gunwale and they will submerge and disappear for a while. Guides are very good at spotting fry balls as they are looking from a lower elevation than a standing angler. They are made up of hundreds of constantly-moving baby Peacock Bass that gently dimple the surface, just under which the parents are patrolling. Cast over and past the fry ball, rip the jig through it and wait for the mega strike to happen!
Peacocks will annihilate jigs anywhere in their vicinity. If the female is caught first, you can guarantee the male will be at least 20% bigger, so a female of nearly 17lb will have a male partner of at least 20lbs or bigger. It is not uncommon for both anglers to get a double hook up when fishing fry balls. If the fish are returned quickly, they will immediately make their way back to their fry to fight another day.
*Delivery is included to either your hotel, to Manaus airport on the day of your arrival, or directly to your trip representative in Manaus.
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We advise anglers to use a minimum 50cms of double line with an extra strong snap lock attached when fishing our jigs. The double line will act as a leader and the snap will make it easier and quicker to change out jigs and also gives them a better action. As Peacock Bass have bucket mouths and tend to engulf smaller lures like jigs, this double line gives that extra protection against their rasping teeth.
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Green and yellow with black stripes, red throat and black tail (being cannibalistic, Peacock Bass will nail this jig that resembles their own kind).
Green and fire orange, black stripes with green tail (to entice aggressive fish to attack hard and fast).
Black and yellow with stripes, red throat and black tail (Arucu baitfish imitation, one of the most common baitfish in the Amazon).
Black and orange, stripes with black tail (killer combination for blackwater Peacocks).
Black and pink, black stripes with a black tail (Jacunda imitation, perfect for smaller streams and rivers).
Pink and blue with pink tail (pretty combination which has accounted for some huge Peacock Bass in bright sunny situations).
Black and white, red throat and black tail (a great color for all Peacock Bass in any situation, but especially where the baitfish tend to be smaller);
Red and white with red tail (a highly-visible jig for stained water, although it works great in all conditions);
Red and yellow with black tail (a great all-round jig and our top producer for both stained or clear water);
Green and white, red throat with green tail (when most other colors are slow in producing, we have found that this one seems to wake them up);