Fishing Report: December 26, 2015-january 2, 2016

Feliz Ano Novo from all of us and welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We’ve had a festive week ringing in 2016 with an international group of guests enjoying great fishing and adventure here in the jungle.  While the river remains low, fishing was quite good throughout the week, with many incredible encounters with fish and wildlife on tap every day.

One day early in the week, two separate anacondas were sighted by guests in three of the boats.  These encounters are rare, even here, and finding two on one day was a first for the lodge.  Austin, Texas native, Charles Burrus and his dad, Gene, got a super close look at an amazing specimen of around 18 feet with guide, Preto.  Here’s Charles’s shot of the super snake as it left the water and headed into the fringing jungle.  Just another example of the incredible “lifer” encounters that can happen at any time during a week here on the  Agua Boa!

While our group of anglers this week included some truly world-wise expert anglers, some of the best fishing was enjoyed by a couple of the kids in camp.  ABAL veteran, Jackson Wanderer continued his hot streak from the previous week by landing several more HUGE retail catfish and this beautiful 14 pound tucunare asu on a big popper (seen here with guide Preto). 

The other kid who got way into it was 11-year-old Haylee Ann Ramsey-Code, who made the most of her time on the water catching everything from Pacu and Piranha to big Matrincha and Peacocks of all colors and sizes.  Suffice to say, she made her dad proud!  Here’s one of her many trophies caught on the Tenkara rod Santa brought her.

Technical Tip:

As the river has continued to drop, sight fishing opportunities abound, but wary fish in shallow water require precise presentations.  When casting to a cruising fish, the best approach is to cast well ahead and at least 6 feet beyond the fish’s trajectory.  This minimizes the chances of spooking the fish with the cast, allows the clear intermediate line time to sink to the bottom, and provides a perfect presentation across the fish’s path when the fish swims into range.  Retrieve fast to encourage this ambush predator to make a decision.  If the prey appears to be escaping, a big peacock will most often turn on the afterburners to prevent it.  Fish On!

Thanks for checking in with the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report.  We look forward to seeing you here at the lodge in 2016!

Tight Lines!

Carlos and Matt