Amazon Xtreme Fishing - a dream brought to reality.
Come live the Adventure fishing for Trophy Peacock Bass in the heart of the Amazon Rain
forest. We offer a wide variety of destinations to choose from, if it’s on board Luxury Yacht,
The Rio Negro Lodge, a Private Houseboat Safari Camps, Exploratory Trip or private groups,
all specially designed for the World Class Angler.
The Amazon offers World Class Exotic Fishing unlike any other location on the planet with
the large variety of fresh water fish. Joined by your host Capt Marc Cobos, with over 18 years
of experience taking anglers Peacock Bass Trips and Eco-tours deep in the Brazilian Amazon
by spending the 6 months season on the river with his hand picked guides to ensure a
memorable adventure to the Amazon for all his guest.
One particular species is the "Peacock Bass", well known by anglers for its powerful hitting
action, flying acrobatics, beautiful colors and not to mention has quickly become the new
passion for the first time angler. Its explosive power is known to snap rods, tear out hooks,
and spool reels making it a legend among the angling community bringing thousands of
anglers each year to challenge the mighty Peacock Bass along with the marvels of the Amazon.
This amazing fighter makes it a must do trip of a lifetime for all anglers.
In fact, within its range live over a million different species of life forms, animals, and
mammals such as the Amazon Pink river dolphin or the Amazonian manatee, more than 2,000
Amazon River fish species - more species than in the entire Atlantic ocean - birds, insects and
spiders, being the insect world with more diversity over 500,000 species of insects and spiders
Imagine fishing in small part of the largest river system in the world, (The Rio Negro) with
over 1,100 tributaries and 800 islands with a drainage basin of 2,700,000 sq. miles. The Legends
of the Amazon awaits for your visit.
Capt. Marc Cobos
Your Personal Host
Born on the Galapagos Island of "San Cristobal" and
grew up in Southern California. In 1998 moved to the
Brazilian Amazon to the city of Manaus and quickly
grew attached to the Brazilian culture, the people and
its natural wonders it had to offer. Worked in tourism
since 1998 in the Eco-tourism and direct with anglers in
search of their trophy Peacock Bass while Managed
fishing resort for over 10 yrs.
As a nature guide learned much about the Rainforest
and worked hosting many anglers from around the
world who came after great adventures searching for
the Peacock Bass "Tucunare".
A few of he favorite activities; taking anglers on their
unique fishing adventures and making their trip the
best ever with many memories and adventures to
remember. Going out to local villages and giving
support with any needs possible. Taking his guest out
to know more about the Rain forest with its fauna and
flaura day or night to name a few. The Amazon offers World Class Exotic Fishing unlike
any other location on the planet with the large variety of fresh water fish. Joined by your
host Capt Marc Cobos, with over 18 years of experience taking anglers Peacock Bass Trips
and Eco-tours deep in the Brazilian Amazon by spending the 6 months season on the river
with his hand picked guides to ensure a memorable adventure to the Amazon for all his
Capt. Marc's, passion for the Peacock Bass started in 2001 while working with operators in
the Amazon spending 6 months per season, year after year, giving him vast knowledge on
Negro. Capt Marc fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, knows the Negro just as much
as his guide, lived with the natives, traveled with them, spent
countless days out on the river, exploring locations, coordinating
fishing destinations, follows the river's changes and knows where to
go and what to look for season after season. The hand picked
Guides and Staff will take exceptional care and let our
guest have their best trip possible.
Join those privileged anglers to have your
adrenaline pushed to its limits by one of these
ferocious fighting fish of the black waters of
the Amazon. That explosive power is what
brings anglers back year after year and the
possibility of taking someone to the ultimate
catch for their record trophy fish. Catering to
both conventional and fly fisherman, offering
the best fishing in Brazil.
Unreal luxury in the real world.
In a world of vanishing frontiers there remains one so vast that it defies descriptions.
Yet here, 330 miles from where the Rio Negro and Solimoes River join you'll find the
premier resort of the Upper Amazon, Rio Negro Lodge. This one-of-a-kind family
resort combines world-class luxury with the ultimate in adventure to create a real
world experience of a lifetime unmatched anywhere on earth.
This luxurious sanctuary lies 65 miles from the town of Barcelos on the Amazon’s
largest tributary, the Rio Negro, in the heart of Brazil’s premier peacock bass
fishery. Rio Negro Lodge treats its guests to fine dining and quiet relaxation in 5,000
square feet of air- conditioned comfort with a 7,000 gallon aquarium as its
centerpiece. Around the pool and bar, guest gather to share stories they’ll retell for
years to come.
aggressive sport fish,
the fierce Peacock
Bass serves up non
Black Pearl of the Amazon
The Zaltan is the ideal home base for
exploring and enjoying this pristine area. A
totally new concept in navigating along the
rivers of the Amazon. The yachts are
designed with a “shallow draft” permitting
them to travel into areas not normally
accessible, even in the low- water season. It is
stately appointed with the latest technology
in navigation and communication equipment
on the vessel and its fleet of bass boats.
The Amazon’s Prince of Yachts.
Boarding the elegant Zaltan, guests enter a
floating luxury hotel. Inside, they’ll discover air- conditioned staterooms with 7-foot
ceilings, wide twin beds and private baths, a grand dining room, comfortable lounge bar
and a well-stocked gift open air bar. On her top deck awaits a spacious observation lounge,
perfect for relaxing and swapping fishing stories while the spectacular Amazon rain forest
As you glide along the Amazon’s liquid pathways,
enjoy the seclusion, the sights, and the special sounds
of this pristine, primeval place. The jungle
surrounding you is home to innumerable varieties of
plant life, from 200 foot tall hardwood trees and 100
foot high palm trees, to various grasses and the
tiniest of miniature orchids. The Amazon’s region
of Brazil is called by some “Nature’s Premier
You will live aboard one of our Luxury Yachts
for your entire Amazon Adventure, departing
each morning in a bass boat with a local guide
and your fishing partner, returning each evening
for dinner, a nightcap and a great night’s sleep.
Amazon’s Head Water Premier Catamarans I & II.
Our remote destination are located at the remote tributaries the feed the Rio Negro and the
Amazon River, or even further away. Amazon Xtreme Fishing brings you a spectacular
Amazon fishing adventure with the remoteness of a Safari Camp and the comfort of home.
Anglers will enjoy and experience extremely comfortable, remote safari-style camp deep in
the Amazon where they cannot be accessed by normal means or any other outfitters.
AXF chooses its river and operation will be fishing the picturesque and productive fishing
water of these rivers, Araca, Demeni, Preto, Urubaxi, Caures, and other tributaries of the Rio
Negro not published for a reason. These extremely remote operation is a self-sustained
floating houseboat with its own propulsion for total mobility and comfort offering you a
genuine jungle feel, as you enjoy the serene nights snuggled within the rain-forest.
The Safari Camp offers accommodations for 12 anglers,
with private bath, hot and cold showers, Ample air
conditioned suites with 2 twin beds, air conditioned
dining room, inner walkways,
daily laundry service and a observing deck
up in the tree lines.
Meals, besides the catch of the day, the
chef will surprise you with wonderful
national and international dishes:
fresh chicken, tender Brazilian beef,
Brazilian BBQ, pork, fruits and
vegetables accompanied by fine
regional wine along with a surprise
Amazon Luau to top it all off.
AXF EXPLORER - Exploring Amazon’s Beauty.
Looking for that more private small group of friends,
and don't need to be all luxury for a great week of
fishing, then this is a great option for an
Adventure. Measuring 24 meters long x 05
meters wide; Covered Solarium and a 360 °
view of the landscape; CDL restaurant with
TV and DVD, Self Service
Buffet service and a varied menu;
Satellite Inmarsat Phone.
Capacity for 14 anglers, accommodated in 07
double suites with
air conditioning, twin beds couples with
private bath. All the comfort of a small
river boat. With quality fishing in
mind, this is for the anglers at
heart who likes a little
adventures and don't mind a
smaller home aways from
home with great
with tracker boats and 40hp
outboards makes reaching
those far places a
Featuring state-of-the-art power, navigation and
communications, the AXF Explorer is the perfect
home base for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing
adventure. Guests depart each morning in bass
boats with their partner and an experienced native
guide. After a day of the most exhilarating fresh
water fishing on the planet, they return under fiery
sunsets for dinner, camaraderie, a nightcap and
good night’s sleep.
Since her maiden voyage, the AXF Explorer has set
a new standard of luxury and adventure for guests
served by our professional crew.
THE PEACOCK BASS & AMAZON’S COMMON FAMILIES
YELLOW PEACOCK BASS YELLOW PEACOCK VARIANT
BLUE PEACOCK BASS BLACK BARRED VARIANT
BLACK BARRED SPECKLED MIX AMAZON
AMAZON - BUTTERFLY PEACOCK SDLITTLE YELLOW PEACOCK
ROYAL PEACOCK AMAZON
AMAZON NEON PEACOCK BASS
BLACK BARRED PEACOCK
GIANT FISH OF THE AMAZON
GOLIATH CATFISH - JAU
RED TAIL CATFISH - PIRARATA PAYARA - WOLF FISH
NEEDLE JAW - “BICUDA” TRAIRA
PACU RED PIRANA
WORLD-CLASS FISH. FIRST CLASS GEAR.
When there’s nothing between you
and peacock bass fury but a few
yards of braided line, there better
not be any weak
links in the gear chain. The
ultimate in topwater fishing
tolerates no compromise. Amazon
Xtreme Fishing makes no mistakes.
We team our guests with the
Amazon’s most knowledgeable
native guides, bass boats, top- quality
reels, high tensity rods and super
tuned topwater lures - everything
they need to land the fish of a
Other Lures - The great majority of the peacock bass on our trips are caught by the
4 types of lures detailed in the previous page. Sometimes, however, conditions call for a
specialized tool. Carry at least one or two large spoons (Johnson's silver minnow - 1 and 1/8
oz.), a few big Rattletrap lures, and perhaps a small, deep diver. Of course, every angler
has their favorite lure, one that they just know is going to change the face of peacock
fishing and land them a world record. By all means, bring it, but don't bring too many.
Weight limits and space considerations demand that you focus on the most productive
If the water is off color or there is a slight chop, a propeller-type topwater lure (like the
6-3/4" Big Game Wood Chopper) will effectively attract the fish's attention. If the water is
completely calm (and/or clear), it may be wise to try a more subtle topwater lure like a
4-1/2", 3/4 oz. Heddon 'Zara Spook.'. If the fish refuse to take topwater, switch to a
subsurface lure. If the water is clear, lures without a sound chamber (ie. Cotton Cordell's
7", 1oz. 'Red Fin' or Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow) are very productive. If the water is off color,
use a lure with a sound chamber (A Peacock Rattle Jig or Bill Lewis 3/4 oz. 'Mag-Trap) . In
hot/ bright light conditions a deeper running lure (or more deeply fished jig) may be your
best choice. Yellow/red or red/white 1/2oz. peacock bass rattle jigs (tied on wide gap/4/0+
extra strong hooks) are also extremely effective even when the fish are not feeding
aggressively. Try varying the retrieve until you start getting strikes. Most commercially-
tied bucktails are not suited for peacock fishing. Custom-tied jigs are available from
Amazon Xtreme Fishing Tackle-box.
PEACOCK BASS FISHING TACTICS
How do I catch peacock bass?
Well, first, you have to get at them. To the peacock bass novice, every inch of the Amazon looks
like it holds fish. But, ever-changing conditions, such as water level, temperature, oxygen, food
availability and spawning cycles all impact where peacocks can actually be caught. Too much
water ... baitfish (and the peacocks right behind them) will simply go into the jungle ... we just
can't catch peacocks there. Too little water ... they'll head for the river channel ... it's pretty
tough to catch them here also. But, as water levels drop just below the river's banks, peacocks
become concentrated in back waters, lagoons and riverbank structure ... we love to fish for them
here. This is our single most important function; to know where peacocks can be found in water
where they can be caught; and to take anglers there.
That being said, let's assume you've made it to the holy grail of peacock bass fishing ... optimal
water levels. You still have to get them on a hook. Peacocks make it interesting because there are
two ways to do that ... get them to eat your bait ... or get them to kill your bait. Peacock bass are
important ("keystone") predators in the waters they occupy, to the extent that they can change
the ecological balance of an aquatic system. Like largemouth bass, peacocks often prefer
'structure' of some sort. Rocks, fallen logs, points and sand bars are where peacocks will usually
be lurking. Larger peacocks, however, may often be found feeding or baby-sitting in open water,
so it is wise to heed your guide's recommendations on where to cast. If there are dolphin or other
large predators in the area, peacocks will tend to hold tightly to structure. Make sure to cover
productive water as thoroughly as possible. Sometimes, the difference of a few inches in your
cast can be the difference between an immediate strike or complete disinterest. During spawning
periods, peacocks vacate 'structure' and nest on sandy bottoms in three to six feet of water.
Peacocks bursting get often roam about in small schools hunting baitfish, periodically into a
frothing feeding frenzy. When this situation is encountered, your lure or fly in front of feeding
fish as quickly as possible. This may sound easy, but peacocks tend to move fast as they tear
through baitfish. The sooner you can cast to them after they've been spotted feeding, the better
your chance of a hookup. Peacocks are greedy and highly competitive when in a group. Always
cast a free lure or fly right next to any hooked fish (unless your partner is hooked up to a giant,
when it's best to reel in and get out of
the way). Another peacock will
almost always be close by (often
attracted by the commotion). If no
strikes result, probe the surrounding
area thoroughly before moving on.
The sooner you can cast to them after
they've been spotted feeding, the
better your chance of a hookup.
Peacocks are greedy and highly
competitive when in a group. Always
cast a free lure or fly right next to any
hooked fish (unless your partner is
hooked up to a giant, when it's best to
in and get out of the way).
Another peacock will almost always be close by (often attracted by the commotion). If no
strikes result,probe the surrounding area thoroughly before moving on.
During periods of hot, dry weather, high water temperatures combined with low oxygen
levels may force peacock bass out of the lagoons and into the main channel of the river.
Here, they will tend to locate themselves around rock piles, bushes, sand bars, points, and
log jams, which offer both protection and ready access to hunting grounds. The mouths of
lagoons are often extremely productive also.
Set the hook - in the fish. First-time peacock anglers, when fishing topwater lures,
instinctively react to the startling strike of a peacock by triggering a hook set, even though
the peacock may not actually have the lure. Often peacocks will swirl at or slap a lure and
then come back around and firmly grab it on the second pass. It's hard to remember at first,
but don't reflexively set the hook or jerk the lure away on the strike. Wait until you feel the
fish's weight, then set the hook, hard. Big peacocks have tough mouths. Don't be fooled into
thinking you are hooked up just because a fish is taking line. Even if not hooked, they'll
often hold on to a lure or fly and run for quite some time before spitting it out.
If the fish doesn't actually take the lure on the first strike, keep it moving. Peacocks will
almost always lose interest in a lure or fly that just sits on the surface. If you continue to
patiently work it however, the fish will often follow and hit the lure a second or even a
third time, sometimes following it right to the boat.. If they do lose interest, quickly cast a
jig or subsurface lure or fly in the immediate area. This often elicits another strike.
Never try and 'horse' a big peacock; Don't underestimate their power. Even moderately- large
peacock bass are powerful enough to break heavy line, pull screws out of plugs, straighten
saltwater hooks, and mutilate split rings. If a big fish is headed for structure, apply side
pressure to the rod trying to 'steer' the fish in another direction. If you crank your drag
down too tight, they'll almost always snap the line, or pull off. If a fish does make it into
cover, don't give up. Back off on the pressure, drift over the fish and wait for the boat to
spook the fish out of its hiding place -- they'll often untangle themselves. If your drag is set
too tight when they bolt, a break off is usually inevitable. Even when a fish comes to the
boat, never assume it's ready to give up. Always keep a properly set drag to
absorb a last minute run.
Like all fishing, lure and fly selection can be a
complicated matter due to variable fishing
conditions. Water clarity,
weather, brightness, and time of day will all
dictate what type of lure or fly you should
choose. Some argue that lure size is essential.
Usually you will catch more fish with jigs,
smaller lures or flies, although a
high percentage of trophy
peacocks are caught on larger
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