Cabeçeiras Houseboat

Giant Peacock Bass Fishing in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest

Trip Summary

Destination Southern tributaries and the Rio Negro and tributaries, Amazonas
Country Brazil
Season Aug - Sept Southern tributaries and Oct - Feb Rio Negro and Northern tributaries
Trip Type Houseboat adventure fishing trip deep in the jungle
Species Giant Peacock Bass, Arowana, Traira/Wolfish, Bicuda, Piranha, Jacundá, Matrinxá, Surubim Cats, Redtail Cats and Piraiba/Filhote Cats
Description Large Houseboat accommodation for a max. 8 anglers (*one cabin per angler) deep in The Amazon Jungle, targeting Giant Peacock Bass and other species
Cost $4450
Duration 9 nights, 10 days with 6+ days fishing


Trip Introduction


Amazon-Angler’s 'Cabeçeiras' Houseboat Peacock Bass trip in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest is an exciting adventure fishing trip for Giant Peacock Bass.

Our 'all inclusive' jungle adventure trips are based out of Manaus by floatplane on a large Houseboat on our Southern Fishery and also on the Rio Negro and tributaries. As well as big Peacock Bass, our anglers can catch other species that hit lures and flies too.

We operate these trips from August - September in the Southern area and October to end February in our Northern fishery and these are prime times to target Giant Peacock Bass and other species as the water levels have dropped and the fish are easier to target. Most Cats can be found also, depending on water levels at the time.

The Fishing

The tributaries in our Southern area and in the Rio Negro Northern area have lagoon after lagoon, filled with hard-fighting Peacock Bass (Cichla pinima in the Southern Region and Cichla temensis in the Middle and Northern Region) that can reach up to 24lbs and 30lbs respectively. Fish hold up in fallen trees and tree stands, drop offs, points and sandy beaches as well as in the thick structure of the huge lagoons and river points.

Our fishing boats are 17ft skiffs with raised decks, fishing seats if needed, 30Hp engines and electric trolling motor. Each boats will have an ice box filled with ice and drinks of your choice. Two anglers share a boat with a guide. These boats are light and can easily be carried and dragged into landlocked lagoons and lakes if needed.

Peacock Bass anglers will tell you, that once you have had a big Peacock blow up on your surface lure, you’ll be hooked for life! There is nothing more exciting and exhilarating than seeing that big fish explode on your prop-bait, spook or other surface bait. The strike is nothing less than awe-inspiring, loud, aggressive, fast, furious and shocking all in one.

Peacock Bass are structure-loving fish, although parenting fish are often seen with their young dimpling the flat mirror glass surface of a quiet lagoon. If they don’t want to eat a bait, they’ll want to kill it with their all-explosive strikes, NO exaggeration. Baits have to be worked fast here, as 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 kilometers wide in the rainy season, spread way out into the flooded jungle. 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, drop-offs and sand bars. Best surface baits to use are Klures prop-baits or similar prop-baits, poppers, walk-the-dog stick baits like super spooks and other cigar-shaped lures. Best sub-surface lures are lead-head jigs, minnow-style baits like Rapala X raps, Yozuri Crystal Minnows, Cotton Cordell or similar. Bucktail Jigs with extended tails can catch you over 150 fish a day, although many fish 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 plenty of Peacocks a day with large, flashy streamer flies and poppers.


We catch other species that hit lures intended for Peacock Bass too. All great sportfish in their own way, each has its place in our fishing agenda. Most can be caught on the usual Peacock Bass lures, but many anglers like the variety that these great fish give, so will often bring a few different lures in the tackle box to target them.

Arowana/Monkey Fish, due to its jumping prowess in high water and feeding of birds, spiders and other insects up in the higher branches of submerged trees. Great sport on medium tackle and reaching over 12lbs, they take stick baits, jigs and minnow baits and flies.

Traira/Wolf Fish are usually found at the back end of lagoons or in any oxygen-depleted water. They readily take spooks and other stick baits and love jigs, flies, minnows etc. They max. out at around 7lbs.

Bicuda is a fast-water species that can grow to 10lbs here but average 2-3lbs. Lightning-fast and acrobatic too, these long pike-like fish will hit most topwater and small subsurface lures, jigs and flies.

Dogfish are great fun on ultra-light tackle and will inhale flies, small jigs, mini-rapalas etc. They look like a small freshwater Barracuda and have a set of teeth only a Rottweiler would love. A nasty little predator with an elongated body and getting to a max. 3lbs.

Jacunda is one of the prettiest fish in the Amazon and a shame that they don’t grow larger. Reaching 2-2.5lbs, they will take most small lures, flies and jigs. There are the ever-present Piranhas, which will take a chomp at anything small or big enough! Any jig, soft plastic or wooden lures can be ‘Piranhavized’ at any time. They are a real pain in the A$$. My advice to fly and jig tiers, go simple, no elaborate designs, or you’ll be spending lots of cash on new ones!

Surubim/Shovelnose Cats are great on lures also, often taking jigs, small minnow baits and flies and roaring off at a rate of knots. They grow to over 30lbs in the Rio Negro Basin and can be seen on submerged sandy beaches and in lagoons slowly swimming along. And of course we have bigger Cats for those who want to chill out in the shade with a cold drink and wait for a reel-burning experience.

Redtails and Piraiba Cats are here in the deeper holes and gullies. Much stronger gear is needed to fight these bigger fish, and fishing is best done in the evening or night when the Piranhas are not on the prowl.

This is a great trip for those who want not only some amazing lure fishing for the hardest fighting freshwater fish on the planet, but also plenty of comfort at the end of the day and during the night.  It’s the perfect fishing trip for couples, families, partners or even solo anglers.

The Accommodation

Our large Houseboat has been completely refurbished, with individual cabins for each of our guest anglers (each room has bunk beds if wanting to share, with the bottom bunk as a small double), a dining room, an open top deck terrace for bragging and cocktails and a fully-staffed kitchen. Each cabin has its own private bathroom with natural river water for showers.

All cabins and the dining room are fully air-conditioned.

Beers, soft drinks, some local liquors and other beverages are always ice cold, and sumptuous meals are prepared by our chefs.

Travel Plan

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS – arrival in the city of Manaus and transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 2: Early morning pick up and transfer to airport for floatplane charter flight to the Houseboat, and fishing starts at 2.00pm after lunch.

DAY 3 – 8: Six full days of guided fishing.

DAY 9: return by floatplane to Manaus, transfer to hotel and overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: guests to be transferred to the airport for onwards journey home ……….



What Does it Cost?

DURATION 9 nights, 10 days with 6+ days fishing
COST $4450
OCCUPANCY Cost based on each angler to have private cabin and en-suite bathroom and fishing with a partner or another solo-booked angler
INCLUDED Transfer on arrival day before trip and overnight at hotel in Manaus, return floatplane flights to the Houseboat and back, transfer to hotel on day returning to Manaus, overnight at hotel and transfer final day back to airport for onward journey home, all food and beverages while at the Houseboat and while fishing, wifi satelite internet on board houseboat, daily laundry and 6+ days guided fishing.
NOT INCLUDED International and domestic flights to and from Manaus (other than stated above), meals and drinks while in Manaus, tips, imported hard liquor, wine, fishing tackle, rods, reels, lures, jigs etc. Local fishing 'tax' approx. USD $50 (to be paid on arrival to host).
  • Terms and conditions of payments: 50% as deposit on reservation, 50% due up to 90 days before arrival in Manaus.
  • A strict 15kgs (33lbs) must be adhered to for all charter floatplane flights to the Houseboat and return.
  • A complete and comprehensive list of gear, clothing and tackle suggestions will be provided once reservation and deposit payments have been made.
  • Tips – we suggest $100 – $150pp for your guide and $100 – $150pp for the remaining houseboat staff.
  • Through our travel agent associates, we are able to secure excellent rates for all your international and domestic flights and health/travel insurance that are not included in our packages. Please ask for Details.
  • From Oct 1 2023, Brazil requires all citizens from the States, Canada, Australia and Japan to have a visitor’s visa.
  • Inquire with your doctor for any medications or vaccines needed.


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