Fishing Programs & Flight Options
Option 1 - Fly on American Airlines from Miami and arrive non-stop to the final destination Santa Cruz! On your way back you depart from Santa Cruz at night and arrive in Miami early in the morning non-stop for your connections. Option 2 - Fly to Panama City on the airline of your choosing, and then take COPA Airlines to Santa Cruz. Once you arrive to Santa Cruz and present your visa paperwork at immigration we pick you up from the airport and transport you to Trompillo Airport where all civilian airlines work 25 kms around 15 miles away! Around 10:30 am you depart in a two-hour air charter from Santa Cruz to a private air strip of 900 meters at Cano Negro Lodge. Anglers are received by our local management and native employees in a tropical lodge and accommodated in double occupancy cabins with air conditioners and private bath. Once your baggage is taken care you will be hosted by our manager Memo who speaks fluent English and his Brazilian wife, an international cook that prepare native delicious dishes. You must try her Moqueca Bahiana with native species such as dende oil and coconut milk!! In the meantime your boat is a cooler with refreshment, beers, while you are assigned to a guide and a motorist; maximum occupancy is two per boat. After lunch and a light nap you will depart around 3;30 pm of your arriving date in search of the mighty saber-tooth payara, river tiger of South America- ranging weight 10 to 30 lbs. 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 30-50 explosive-hitting peacocks a day! Other excellent game fish include brawny pacu up to 20 -40 pounds. Later around sun down and night only for brave anglers, adrenaline rises as you catch giant skin fish muturos, red tail catfish, surubi with 50 lbs. and more!! Guides are knowledgeable of the river systems and attentive to rivers and conditions, always taking care of your security and safe return.
No other location in the world has the concentration and variety of Tropical fish, all while staying at a luxurious and exotic resort!!
What technique should I use to catch peacock bass?
What technique should I use to catch payara?
What technique should I use to catch catfish?
Extracted from outfitter, Jay W. Smith,
Rod & Gun:
What technique do I use to catch peacock bass? Like largemouth bass, peacock bass often prefer "structure" of some sort. Rocks, fallen logs, points and sand bars are hiding places for baitfish, so this is where the peacocks will usually be lurking. Of course, you should always heed the guide's recommendations on where to cast. Peacock bass usually roam about in small schools searching for baitfish, often bursting into a feeding frenzy. When this situation is encountered, get your fly in front of the feeding fish as soon as possible. The sooner you can cast to them after they've been spotted, the better your chance of a hookup. Peacock bass are greedy and highly competitive schooling fish. Always cast a different popper or fly right next to any hooked fish. Another peacock will almost always be close by (attracted by the commotion). If no strikes result, fish the surrounding area thoroughly. Novice peacock bass anglers tend to set the hook too fast when fishing poppers or flies. Often peacocks will just slap at the fly to stun it, then come back around and firmly grab it on the second pass. It's hard to remember at first, but don't set the hook on the strike. If you can't see the popper or fly after about one second, drop your rod tip and set the hook as hard as you can with your strip hand. Big peacock bass have very tough skin around their mouths and tend to grip the fly firmly. If the fish doesn't take the fly on the first strike, keep it moving. If you are patient, the fish will usually come up and hit the fly a second or third time. If he loses interest, quickly change flies. This often elicits another strike. Never try and "horse" a big peacock bass, and don't underestimate his power. If a big fish is headed for structure, apply side pressure to the rod trying to 'steer' the fish in another direction. If you crank your drag down too tight, they'll almost always snap the leader, or pull off. If a fish does make it into cover, don't give up. Give a little slack and wait for the boat to spook the fish out of its hiding place-they'll often untangle themselves. When a fish comes to the boat, never assume it's ready to give up. Always keep a high rod tip and a loose drag to absorb last minute runs. Fly color doesn't seem as important as fly shade. If it is bright out, use a light-colored fly. Dark-colored flies are more productive in low light conditions.
What technique do I use to catch payara?
Payara are found throughout the San Simon River in the deeper water with current. Drop-off at the downstream end of islands, switchbacks in the river and high cut banks and deep runs. They usually show themselves, slightly breaking the surface of the water when they are actually feeding. You can wade and bank fish at times, other times you fish from the boat. A medium to fast-sink tip is best, depending on water levels and depth, with six feet of 30-40 pound leader tippet and braided wire leader. Use Tiger brand wire leader in 15-30 pound test. Cast your spuddler-type fly into the pool (quartering downstream casts are best) and let the fly sink. It is important to have a straight line to the fish so put your rod tip right down on the water and strip back the fly with long medium-to fast strips. When the fish strikes, set the hook with a strong jerk of your strip hand. Set the hook a couple of times, as payara have very boney mouths. When you hook a fish, it is usually airborne instantly. Barb the hook for better penetration and hook set. It is important to have very sharp hooks—laser sharpened are best. Payara fight until they are completely exhausted, so take care in reviving the fish before release.
What technique do I use to catch catfish?
Your guides will take care of catching the live bait (Benton & Sardines) and local worms, you must bring #9 & 10 hooks and heavy weight, if not a zip lock will be delivered to you with a pair, if you lose them then you can buy whatever you like. Best time to catch these giants of the river is around 6:30 to 8:30 am and 6:00 to 8:00 pm (sunset)!! The best places are by the sand banks and currents near fallen trees! During this adrenaline fishing, our guides spook big Caymans with sling shots in order to make them retreat from eating your fish, before you drag them to your boat. Strong lines (90 to 100 lbs. multifilament is recommended) and rods are suggested as fishing gear; if you do not have just ask our manager for one: there is a cost replacement if you break the rod or lose it.