Posts Tagged ‘dorado’

Peacock Bass Fishing Trip Finder

May 19, 2011

Make your dream of fishing for peacock bass a reality – we have many fishing trips available, including several openings in September and October. We promise it’ll be the fishing trip of a lifetime – and it’s affordable, too!

For more information on available trips, please visit our Trip Finder. Here, you can search for trips by accommodation (Blackwater Explorer Yacht, Floating Bungalow Camps, Elegant Rustic Lodge, Safari Style Camping, Exploratory Trips), by species (Bicuda, Catfish, Dorado, Payara, Peacock Bass, Pirapitinga, Tarpon, Trairao) and by calendar (all 12 months of the year).

Blackwater Explorer

Enjoying happy hour after a long day of fishing on the Blackwater Explorer, the beautiful air-conditioned vessel on which we often fish.

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Fish of the Week – Dorado

April 18, 2011

Our “Fish of the Week” is dorado, which are migratory gamefish that look similar to saltwater dolphin fish and mahi mahi, albeit not related. Physically, dorado might be described as a prehistoric golden trout or salmon with the jaws of a pit bull terrier. Ichthyologists originally gave dorado the Latin name “Salminus maxillosus” – Salminus meaning trout-like and maxillosus referring to dorado’s incredibly powerful jaws.

As gamefish, dorado are hard-hitting, incredibly strong, acrobatic fighters that can weigh in at more than 30 pounds. Dorado are often found in a massive watershed between southern Brazil/Bolivia and northern Argentina – specifically, the largest populations are found in northern Argentina, Paraguay, Southern Brazil and Bolivia. Surprisingly, dorado are a relatively little known gamefish outside of South America.

If you fish for peacock bass in the Amazon, then you’re in luck – conventional dorado gear and tackle is basically the same as peacock bass. Wire leaders are essential, and because dorado aren’t usually surface fish, the most productive gear are typically medium jerk baits, Rattle Trap-type lures, spoons and jigs. Dorado are often fished with an 8-9 weight fly rod and either a 200-grain, 24-foot sink tip line or a full floating line depending upon water conditions. Use a heavy steel leader, not mono line, as dorado chew right through it. Dorado are attracted to a variety of streamers, sliders and Atlantic salmon-style bombers during ideal conditions (all on 4/0 heavy, long shank hooks).

Dorado

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