Archive for July, 2011

Summer Issue of “Amazon Fishing News”

July 29, 2011

Our summer newsletter is out – see what’s happening down in the Amazon!

Here’s a brief sampling – for the full issue, please click here.
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A Whole Slate of New Fishing Adventures Joins Our Schedule of Polished Favorites.

The Igapo Açu – We return to the Amazon’s most productive, protected peacock bass fishery with the Amazon’s most polished fishing machine, the Blackwater Explorer Yacht. 2 weeks only!

World Record Peacocks – We fish new, untouched waters in the Amazon’s most remote region. Too far away for routine
access, this exclusive Indian reservation could hold the next world record peacock bass.

Fanged River Monsters – Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, the world’s most productive payara fishery, the incomparable Uraima Falls has returned. And we’ve reserved 3 exclusive weeks there.

Incredible Variety – We return to the Rio Travessão with new territory to explore. This haven for river giants
holds monster catfish, fierce payara, acrobatic bicuda and tough fast-water peacocks.

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Steve Lands a Saber-Toothed Payara – Episode 2 – The “Fish Finder” on the Rio Travessao

July 28, 2011

On Steve’s second day on the Rio Travessao with Acute Angling, he successfully encounters his target, the hard-fighting payara. Within minutes of landing a big, saber-toothed payara, Steve’s colleague, Larry Larsen, drifts into view with an even bigger trophy.

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A Natural Jacuzzi

July 27, 2011

The multitude of braids and small waterways formed as big rivers cascade down through rocky defiles in Brazil’s high gradient Guyana Shield region creates wonderful sites like this natural Jacuzzi:

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Bill Dance Fishing Bloopers

July 26, 2011

Who says you can’t have some laughs on a Tuesday? Here’s some hilarious Bill Dance bloopers for your lunch hour … let’s hear some of the funnier things that have happened to you out on the water!

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Fish of the Week: Peacock Bass – Cichla Orinocensis

July 11, 2011
Cichla  orinocensis

Cichla orinocensis

Our “Fish of the Week” is Peacock Bass – Cichla orinocensis, which is often called “taua” or “borboleta” (meaning butterfly in Portugese). Its name often confuses fishermen familiar with Florida’s “butterfly peacocks” (transplanted Cichla ocellaris). This species can be found in the Negro, Branco and Orinoco drainages, and it can weigh up to 12 pounds.

The Cichla orinocensis has three distinct, black ocelli ringed with a silvery outline on the sides of its body in place of the vertical bars of other species. Its body color ranges from bright golden yellow to olive green and is fairly uniformly distributed along the torso. There are no dark markings on the operculum (cheeks). Reproductively active specimans feature intensed coloration. Some specimens have a unique reticulated pattern and a reddish cast to their coloration are encountered in certain regions (based on meristic characters, apparently a phenotypic variant of C. orinocensis). Otherwise coloration is fairly consistent between individuals.

This particular species can grow up to about 200 mm (8 inches) as juveniles and from 200 mm to 500 mm (20 inches) as adults.

They are found in Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil in the Rio Negro, Rio Branco and Rio Orinoco basins. Interestingly, when found in waters where Cichla temensis are present, Cichla orinocensis tends to occupy shallower, slower waters in and around lagoons, backwaters and shoreline pockets. This species relates to black water environments.

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The Complete Fish Finder TV Show – Part 2

July 7, 2011

Join Steve Townson, “The Fish Finder,” on the beautiful Black Water Explorer yacht. Steve fishes for the spectacular Amazon Basin for trophy peacock bass. For more about Steve and peacock bass fishing, go to www.acuteangling.com.

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The Black Water Explorer

July 6, 2011

Check out the beautiful yacht we often fish on – The Black Water Explorer.

For more information, please visit blackwaterexplorer.net.

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Black Water Explorer

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Fish of the Week: Catfish – Diplomystidae

July 5, 2011

Our “Fish of the Week” is Catfish – Diplomystidae, commonly called ” Velvet Catfishes” as their skin is covered entirely with papillae. Considered to be the most primitive of Siluriforme families, they lack some of the characters shared by other families. Found in small waters (typically at high altitudes) in Argentina and Chile. No species are of angling interest.

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