Greetings Anglers! Welcome back to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report. This week’s edition covers the fishing action from February 2nd to 9th, 2019. It is safe to say that last weeks fishing could be considered an Agua Boa classic at its best. There were Payara, Arowana, Treira, Paca and off course Tucanare up to 18 pounds landed. It takes a veteran group like the one we hosted last week to make all that happen on the river but the wildlife viewing was epic as well. Not only did the group see tapir, capybara and monkeys, there were also two jaguar sightings.
Scott Heywood of Angling Destinations has been bringing groups to the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge for 12 years and many of his guests have lost track of how many times they have visited us at the lodge. They have seen all sorts of conditions over the years, high water, low water, great fishing and tough fishing as well. However, there is one thing few of them have ever experienced on the Agua Boa and that is having multiple shots at the Jungle King the Pirarucu. Last week two of Agua Boa’s most decorated anglers, Scott Heywood and Doug Jeffries, finally got the opportunity to stalk these monsters and land them for the first time. Enjoy a shot of Doug and Scott with their well earned Pirarucu. Congratulations guys!
As mentioned above we have still been catching a large variety of species up and down the river, in the lagoons and river mouths. One of the common topics of conversation around the dining room table are the strategies used to best increase one’s chances of landing multiple species throughout the week. The one consistent factor is that the fly selection is not the biggest variable. For example, a Triera will be just as likely to grab a flashtail-whistler as a Peacock would be. Pirarucu will eat the same half and half pattern used to catch a Payara. Nothing new in the fly selection strategy, with the exception of fishing for Arowana, where anglers are better off using an unweighted fly.
There is however one approach that anglers should take into consideration before targeting the variety of species prime for the taking at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, and that is the strip cadence and speed used in your retrieve. The best thing to do is ask your guide what strip to use when you spot a different species while you are fishing. For example, Pirarucu and Arowana will be more likely to grab a fly that is presented by a long slow strip. A Triera on the other hand will be likely to grab the same fast strip used to catch Peacocks in the river. However, a bruiser Tucanare Acu in a lagoon may want the fly presented very slowly and a Payara will attack a fly retrieved with a medium paced strip. Ask your guide about the different speeds they would like you to use for the various species of fish at the Agua Boa. Mike Schwartz figured it out! Check out a shot of Mike with a nice Payara and great jumping Arowana.
After having a great start to February fishing at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, we look forward to similar success in the weeks to come. The water levels remained unchanged last week, thanks to a few key rainstorms up river. Therefore, our world class guides are still able to access our favorite lagoons and stretches of river. Speaking of lagoons, check out veteran anglers Scott Sawtelle and Anna Riggs showing off two monster Tucanare Acu.
Thanks for checking the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge Fishing Report. We look forward to seeing you soon.