A two-hour air charter northeast from Las Palomas/Los Guaduales or Santa Cruz lands you at the Rio Negro/Rio San Simon fishing area and Caño Negro Lodge (southern Amazon). Here in freshwater’s amazing new fishing frontier, renowned tropical species such as peacock bass, payara, pacu and surubi catfish are found in great numbers—all accessed from the same lodge.
While fishing, anglers always enjoy the picturesque surroundings and abundant wildlife. You will see macaws, parrots, storks, geese, ducks and unique animal species such as caiman and capybara in the midst of the surrounding 4.5 million acre nature preserve.
For both conventional tackle and fly fishing, Cano Negro Lodge boasts the most productive multi-species fishing in South America – and perhaps the world. The mighty saber-tooth payara, river tiger of South America, offers the thrilling, tackle-busting fishing experience of a lifetime. Hailed as “tarpon on steroids”, these payara normally range from five to twenty-five pounds and can exceed 50 pounds! Ten to fifteen strikes per day are the norm with four or five hookups (depending on skill level).
In addition to payara, these river and lagoon systems have the highest concentrations of peacock bass found anywhere on earth. The peacocks here range from around three to twelve pounds and the daily catch numbers are amazing—it’s common for one angler to land 20 to 40 explosive-hitting peacocks a day! Other excellent gamefish include brawny pacu up to thirty pounds, brilliant yatoranas, maturos and surubi (giant catfish). All of these fish can be caught in the same day. You can land 20 peacock bass in the morning and five or six big payara in the afternoon, with other great species along the way!
Roberto Aponte, in association with longtime friend Jorge Molina hosts groups of eight anglers in surprising comfort at his rustic but modern lodge. The new facility features air-conditioned rooms with private baths, large dining and bar/conversation areas, and a lovely view overlooking huge adjacent spring-fed lagoons. The camp is quite comfortable and offers excellent “front door” opportunities to access multiple species of fish that have never seen a lure or fly.
This program, developed with longtime friends and renowned outfitters, offers fantastic fishing, knowledgeable spin and fly fishing guides, good boats and equipment, comfortable accommodations, delicious food and outstanding service. There is no greater multi-species trip on earth for adventurous anglers.
Fishing-only: 4 DAYS – $4195, 6/7 DAYS – $5595 (air charters included). Four day minimum, double occupancy. An example of a four day sequence is: mid-morning and afternoon of fishing on day of arrival, fish three full days and return to Santa Cruz after breakfast on departure day.
Fishing-Shooting Combo: 3 DAYS FISHING/3 DAYS SHOOTING – $5595 (air charter to fishing area included). This sequence is: fly to the fishing lodge, fish mid-morning and afternoon on arrival, then two full days, and depart for the shooting lodge after breakfast. Then fly to the shooting lodge for lunch and shoot that afternoon, then two full days, then again the departure morning, returning to Santa Cruz after lunch, via ground transfer.
Included: All meals in the shooting/fishing areas, accommodations, airport transfers, soft drinks, local liquors, beer and wine, laundry service, shotgun cleaning, guides, boats, all local permits, and the round-trip air charter to and from the fishing area.
Not Included: Commercial air travel, airport taxes (approx. $25), Bolivian visa (currently $160), shells at $14/box for 12 and 20 gauge, $15/box for 28 gauge and $16/box for .410 gauge (subject to change), gun rental ($65/day), gratuities to bird boys and lodge staff or fishing guides and fishing camp staff, lures and tackle, items of a personal nature (such as phone calls), and hotel or meals in Santa Cruz (as required by itinerary). If you choose to bring guns, there is a gun permit fee of $200.
Prime Time – Fishing: mid-July through October / Dove Shooting: May through October
Travel to Santa Cruz is easy. American Airlines has daily one-stop overnight flights from Miami each evening, arriving Santa Cruz the next morning. COPA and United Airlines have one-stop flight service from Houston and Miami. Flights back to Miami usually operate early morning or late evening. A departure tax of approximately $25.00 is assessed upon departing Santa Cruz. We strongly suggest that you allow plenty of time between flights to make your connections.
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