Like many animals in the Tambopata National Reserve, fish are wild, ferocious, big and strong. Payara ,Tucunaré, wolf fish are some examples of these infamous river monsters. We invite you to enjoy with us the exciting bites, hard fighting, high jumping of these relentless gamefish in one of the biggest rainforest of the world. Don’t miss out on exploring this new Payara Fishing Destination!
The fishing season starts early July and end in late October. The better months are August, September and October
The fishing tours are taylor made scheduled for each customer. Pleas contact us and start planning this exiting retreat.
The waters of Tambopata River offers us a variety of fishes such as Payaras, Pacu (Giant Piranha), Catfish (Zungaros, Piros, Surubim, etc.) We usually fish for Payara with spinning and casting tackle. There’s a lot of black volcanic rocks in the river, and the Payara hunt sardines very close to the shore. The technique is to cast from the rocks lures like rapala’s magnum or sliver, rebel fast track or jawbreaker.
Pacu’s feed only on fruits and fish meat, so we use sardines for bait and hooks and weights with multifilament lines on the reels. They are really strong. We use the same technique with all the catfish.
Our fishing technique is casting and spinning from the beautiful black volcanic rocks of the Tambopata River . Payara are a strong fish, very fast, with a big tail and a couple of big canines in the lower jaw and two holes in the upper to receive them. They live in extremely fast water and take both lures and flies with a savage force. Payara fishing is an intense and satisfying experience.
RODS: We suggest at least 2 rods of medium-heavy to heavy action, from 7 ½ to 9 feet.
Bait casting or Spinning. For Fly fishermen a slightly heavier 9-10 weight fly rod is the suggested
REELS: As the same of the rods, at least 3 reels with a capacity for 200 yards of a 20 pounds line, similar like a Shimano Bait runner 4500 or 6500, Fin Nor 12 or the Penn 6500.
LINE: All kind of lines from 30 pounds to 65 pounds , we prefer the multifilament like Spider Wire, Power Pro or a simple Dacron. Good leaders and swivels are highly suggested, bring plenty of them.
LURES: All kind of lures like Rapala Magnum, Rapala Countdown, Rebel Fast Track, Spoonbill and bigs windcheater, and all types of lures that swim on fast waters and dives quickly. Because of the dark color of the water, lure’s colors like fire tigers, oranges, redhead and chartreuses are the favorites.
Plastic lures will be punctured by the teeth of the payara and will lose their action, wood lures work better.
Don’t worry about the size of the lure, from 4 ½ inches and up is ok. Take a special look in the hooks; they have to be extra strong.
For fly fishermen: The Payara take a variety of large streamers, but prefer heavily dressed on a 4/0 heavy saltwater tarpon hook. A heavy mono leader tipped with stout tipped is essential.
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