2010 | Fishing the Americas...a sportfishing journal

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mike Leech Reports "Great Trip" on the Amazon Santana


Any true angler that has never fished for “Giant Peacock Bass” in the Amazon must absolutely put it on their bucket list! Those that have had the experience are, no doubt, looking forward to their next opportunity to return. My trip on the Amazon Santana was not my first time fishing in the Amazon, and I was pleasantly surprised at the comfortable accommodations on the yacht. It “far” exceeded my expectations and was considerably better than previous houseboats from which I had fished on the Rio Negro.

Our group met the Amazon Santana at Barcelos on the Rio Negro, and the crew handled our luggage and rod cases from the time we got off the plane until it was delivered to our cabins. Those that chose not to bring their own rods and reels were provided with good tackle, unlike some of the other trips I had been on. After a hot buffet lunch, pairs of anglers joined their guides and were able to get in several hours of fishing on arrival day.

The experienced guides, most of whom spoke English, constantly amazed me. Although the Amazon Santana moved each day in order to fish new water,they seemed to know each area like the back of their hands. With no charts, no GPS and no channel markers on the river they navigated the thousands of islands, rivers, lagoons, creeks and hidden lakes in order to seek out the best hot spots. In addition to catching Speckled, Orinoco and Butterfly Peacocks, we caught numerous other species unique to the Amazon basin which was always fun. Our guide led us to several big Peacocks including a 23, 21, 20 and 19 lb bass. The 20 lb Peacock was caught on fly tackle.

Our week long experience included, on different days, a shore lunch, barbecue dinner on a sand bar, dining under the stars on the top deck, and even an optional visit to a local native village. Except for an occasional fly, mosquitoes and other pesky critters were almost non existent. Returning to the yacht each day after 10 or 11 hours of fishing, we were met with a cold drink and a welcome cold damp towel. The food was plentiful and the bar was open all week.

All in all, it was a great experience which I am looking forward to experiencing again some day.

Mike Leech, Former president of IGFA



Location: Rio Negro/Amazon River/Manaus Brazil

Trip Date: December 10 - December 18, 2010

Group Size: 17 Anglers

# of Days: 6 – (4 late-arrival anglers fished 5 days only)

Numbers: 779

Size: 10 lb.’ers – 6, 11 lb.’ers – 1, 12 lb.’ers – 2, 13 lb.’ers – 2,

14 lb.’ers – 1, 15 lb.’ers – 4, 16 lb.’ers – 2, 17 lb.’ers – 1,

18 lb.’ers – 2, 19 lb.’ers – 2, 20 lb.’ers – 1, 21 lb.’ers – 2,

22 lb.’ers – 2, 23 lb.’ers – 1, and 24 lb.’ers – 1

(non-published were under 10#)

Water Level: Although the water levels were by no means “too” high, the jungle was unusually quiet during our trip. This might have been one of the reasons that the fishing was a bit slow for this week.

Baits Used: Lures of choice for this trip were Jumping Minnows, Zara Spooks, and Jigs.

Notes: All in all, everyone had a good trip and appreciated the efforts of the Guides and Staff. There were quite a few compliments on the accomodations being great as well as the food, and service, being exceptional.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

News Release...Press Release...El Grande Lures!

El Grande Lures’ Triple-Laminate Hatch-Match Sticks

Revolutionize Soft-Bait Manufacturing...

Bout time Jay! I've kept this under wraps about as long as I could stand it. In this case, Press Release really translates to "We Have Ignition Houston (fin'atics)". Jay Schurtz has just upending the world of "Plastics" as we have known it since Nick Cream poured his first "rubber worm". Introducing today the Tri Lam! Whew...I've had a few to play with this fall and they are sweeeeeet so says the finned friends out back in my private playground!

The perfect lure just got an upgrade!

Forage fish eaten by black bass have three primary colors, a fact reflected in the lifelike patterns of today’s crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and swimbaits. Until recently, however, soft-plastic lures such as stickbaits and jerkbaits could not be mass-produced to duplicate these three-color patterns. That’s all changed with a revolutionary triple-lamination process developed by El Grande Lures of Linton, Indiana that’s now used in manufacturing the company’s 5-1/4-inch, soft-plastic Hatch-Match Sticks.

“The triple-laminate colors produced by El Grande Lures in their Hatch-Match Sticks are unparalleled in the injected-plastic market,” says Texas bass pro Kurt Dove. “As a professional angler/guide at Lake Amistad, I’m always looking for an edge on my competition or a way to help my clients catch lots of fish. The triple-laminate colors of the Hatch-Match Stick have made a huge difference in my catch rates. The fish have just not seen colors in plastic baits this realistic and they can’t resist them! El Grande’s triple-laminate colors are the most lifelike match to baitfish ever produced in soft-plastic baits.”

EL Grande Lures, owned by Jay D. Schurtz, started as a handpour company creating plastics for giant bass in Mexico and southern U.S. states. Early on, Jay began perfecting a triple-lamination process in soft plastics to more closely match common bass forage such as tilapia, bluegills and langostinos. Demand for these triple laminates far outpaced the available time to create them, so El Grande expanded into the injected-plastics market and brought triple lamination of full round baits into the current marketplace.

“For the angler looking for the competitive edge, this is it,” says FLW Tour Pro Angler Chad Morgenthaler. ”No more settling for common or bland color schemes that leave anglers wondering, ‘What does this imitate?’ and ‘Why would a fish bite it?’ With its new triple-laminate color schemes, El Grande Lures has taken good baits and made them exceptional. They’ve changed forever the way anglers will view and use soft plastics.”

“El Grande already created the ultimate soft stickbait with the Hatch-Match Stick,” says Elite Pro Angler Fred Roumbanis. ”Now they’re the first to add real life appeal with three shades that match actual prey, as well as the true action of an injured baitfish.”

El Grande’s 5-1/4-inch Hatch-Match Sticks are available in seven triple-laminate colors: Bluegill, Baby Bass, Bonita Shad, Catalpa, Tilapia, Perch, Threadfin. The triple-laminate process will be used to produce additional lures in 2011. For more info, visit the brand new ElGrande Lures website www.elgrandelures.com.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Final Fishing Report for 2010 from Venice, LA

A final report for 2010 from Venice, LA from Gary:

After looking at this picture of a fish the last day that weighed 32 pounds, I think we should have reweighed it---HA! On my latest trip with Capt. Keith, I joined my great friends Dan Basore and his son Todd for an early December outing. We barely managed to squeeze three days in between strong cold fronts. With cold weather and wind, the trip started a little slow, but as usual Capt. Keith found the bull reds and the last two days in particular were memorable. We finished with 61 redfish anchored by a pair of 32 pounders, a few trout, and two huge blue catfish weighing more than 30 pounds each. Top lures were Tsunami split tail minnows, Bomber mud minnows, and live cocahoe minnows under a popping cork. We're headed home with many bags of beautiful fish fillets for the grill.

Bass wishes,

Gary Clark

Captain Keith Kennedy

Born to Fish Charters

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cold Weather...HOT Red Fish Action on the Delta!

Dr. Gary Clark is back at the Delta this week fishing out of Captain Keith Kennedy's camp. Along with Gary are his good friends Dan and Todd Basore, both veterans of Kennedy's legendary Monster Red Fish encounters. Yep, they've traded in lightweight fishing shirts for high collar coats but the Giant Reds don't seem to care about the cooler weather. The action, perhaps a bit slower...23 Reds today to 32#. Not bad!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Zaccherini Andrea’s Monster Peacock Attempting IGFA Certification

“This is a fish reportedly with 13.190g of weight or 29lb and 04 oz. As you can see…one monster of a fish. The fish was hooked last month by angler Zaccherini Andrea.” __turmadobigua forum

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Yet Another New Potential WORLD RECORD Peacock Bass!


Information is sketchy at this point but it appears that yet another new potential world record Peacock Bass has been landed. We are advised that the necessary papers are being filed with the IGFA. The fish was reported to have been caught in the middle Rio Negro region of Amazonas, Brazil and weighed in at 29.40 pounds! More to come as information becomes available.

Amazon Fishing Expeditions Fishing Report for the middle Rio Negro

Mother Ship: Belle Amazon

Location: Rio Negro/Amazon River/Manaus Brazil

Trip Date: November 5 - November 14, 2010

Group Size: 17 Anglers

# of Days: 6

Numbers: 1745

Size: 10 lb.’ers – 14, 11 lb.’ers – 5, 12 lb.’ers – 8, 13 lb.’ers –
3,14 lb.’ers – 4, 15 lb.’ers – 4, 16 lb.’ers – 5, 17 lb.’ers – 5
18 lb.’ers – 6, 19 lb.’ers – 0, 20 lb.’ers – 3, 21 lb.’ers – 1
22 lb.’ers – 3, 23 lb.’ers – 1, and 24 lb.’ers – 1!

(non-published were under 10#)

Productive Lures: HighRollers and Jigs

Water Level: Levels were extremely low in the middle Rio Negro region.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Golden Dorado of South America

Advanced Angling Aerial Acrobaticsbrought to you by the exciting Golden Dorado of South America. Enjoy this incredible video filmed in Bolivia and the upper reaches of the Amazon.

Don’t start the video and give up to soon for lack of “fish on” action. The first part is in itself, great documentary video edit. But FISH ON starts at about 4:20 in and its action packed aerial acrobatics on the fly to the end! The music score is awesome as well.

Perhaps like me you too have an exotic destination or two on your bucket list of angling adventures. For me, it is the Golden Dorado of South America. I have several angling friends who have made this trip…I’ve read their reports and listened to their stories and accounts. Now I’m ready for an Argentina adventure and an encounter with the Golden Torpedo of my own.

This clip does not include the Biggest Dorado of the World. That title goes to the area below the El Salto Grande Dam located on the Uruguay River separating Uruguay and Argentina in an area known as La Zona. Maybe the next clip will be from La Zona. Enjoy.

David Fields
International Angler/Outfitter

fishing the Americas

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Late Fall Fishing Report for Venice, La...Fishing is Great!

Captain Keith reports the fishing remains strong for the Big Girls: Fished Nov. 18, 19 and 20 with party of three, Hank Szopinski , his brother Mike and friend Larry Nickels. The first day was windy, North 15 to 20, fished the outside beaches at South Pass with limited success but the last two hours was non-stop action after a school of big girls moved on the beach to feed. The second day we tried another area that I had total confidence in, again we had limited success. Fish seemed to be scattered due to a strong cold front that came through on the 17th. Around 11am decided to make a big move and run 15 miles to an outside bay on the edge of Redfish Bay, BINGO !!!!! Fished late and left the fish biting at the end of the day. The third day we returned to Hole Number Two and the fish were waiting for us ,first cast fish on 28lbs, non-stop action for most of the day. All fish for the trip went between 18 and 34lbs………. Capt.Keith

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing Report ~ Rio Negro, Brazil

16 Nov 2010


Sorry I hadn't got to it sooner but wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much I really enjoyed my Peacock bass adventure with you to Brazil last month. The trip worked perfectly from beginning to end. No glitches and no problems with great guides and good fishing makes for a fishing trip of a lifetime. I was impressed with the whole operation, the yacht, fishing boats, service and food but especially the guides. You know the angler spends more time with the guides than anyone else and when the guides are friendly, dedicated and knowledgeable it really makes a difference. Yours are! as exhibited by there desire to get you to the fish. I'll never forget CoCo's hacking and chopping with the machete to get us into that lagoon. I had a great trip as evidenced by my 23.5# Monster...but trips are truly great when surrounded by friends, new and old alike. It couldn't have been better and I'm looking forward to fishing with your Amazon Fishing Expeditions once again soon.

Regards and thanks again,

Barker "Kent" Standerfer

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Explosions Extraordinaire: Peacock Bass Attacks

I’m often asked what it is about the Peacock bass that causes the addiction that becomes a passionate pursuit for the legions of anglers who overly obsess with their annual foray(s) to South America and the tributaries and “lost lagoons” of the Amazon water shed. I think maybe I’ve found a film clip that best portrays the cause…ENJOY!

International Angler, Blogger and Friend Bob Daly Reports on his Monster Tigerfish Trip to Tanzania

I was able to fish for monster tigerfish on the Mnyera River and Ruhudji Rivers in Tanzania last week. Had a group of 4 which included friends, Cole Lundquist, Steve Ryan, Dane Lundquist and myself. Steve Ryan had fished these rivers last year while this was the first tigerfish adventure for the rest of the group.

We flew on KLM for Chicago to Amsterdam then to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He overnighted in the Sea Cliff Hotel in DAR before taking a charter flight to the fishing rivers.

The lodge on the Mnyera River consists of private, spacious safari type tents with private hot shower and toilet.

You drift down the river fishing different sections of the river each day. The biggest tigerfish on the trip were all caught on the Mnyera River. Cole landed monsters of 22.5lbs and 21lbs. Steve landed trophy tigers of 20lbs and 19lbs. I landed a trophy at 18lbs. All of us caught numers other trophies in the teens. A trophy tigerfish is normally any over 10lbs.

Dane Lundquist took time off from catching monster tigerfish to try his luck at big game hunting. Dane tagged along with a professional hunter and saw a monster 15 ft croc bagged. On our last day, Dane hunted a few hours and bagged a monster trophy cape buffalo which measured 45 inches. This is a trophy where many serious AFrican Big Game Hunters never equal in years of hunting. Dane hunted with Kilombero North Safaris.
Lots of wildlife was observed by all during the trip especially on the ride from the Mnyera River over to the Ruhudji River and back. You go by jeep driving through the jungle. Lots of elephant, eland, warthog, cape buffalo and others were seen. Numberous hippos, baboons, and monster crocs were observed each day on the Mnyera River.

I highly recommend this fishing experience.
We can see why you would Bob. If you're interested in an expedition to Mnyera or Ruhudji Rivers for these toothy torpedo's give me a call or drop me a line...I've got the go-to guy for an adventure to the Dark Continent.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Todd Harrington Joins The Big K Guest Ranch as Director of Fishing Programs

Just got word earlier this week that friend, associate, businessman and professional guide, Todd Harrington, has joined with The Big K Guest Ranch. This opens the avenue for fishin' expeditions to the famed Umpqua Loop of the Umpqua System and it's finned inhabitants like Steelhead, Chinook, Coho Salmon and Smallmouth Bass.

The Big K has teamed up with Todd Harrington’s Living Waters Guide Service to expand its fishing services. Harrington will serve as Director of The Big K’s new fishing program, which now offers year-round guided fishing trips, scenic jet boat rides and rafting trips through the famous Umpqua River Loop, the most scenic and secluded stretch of the Main Umpqua River.

Big K anglers are privileged to have “first water” every day for Winter Steelhead, Spring and Fall Chinook, Coho Salmon, Smallmouth Bass and Shad. Guided trips for keeper and oversize Sturgeon, Striped Bass, Crabbing and ocean fishing are just a short distance from the Ranch. Shuttle service, non-guided private fishing opportunities and river access are also available.

With the appointment of Todd Harrington as Fishing Program Director, The Big K has added a private, easily accessible boat ramp six miles upriver from the ranch, bringing the total number of private boat ramps exclusive to Big K anglers to eight. The Big K’s drift boats have been updated, two new rafts and a 24-foot Team North River Scout jet boat has been added to its fishing fleet. Continuing its commitment to safety and professionalism, all Big K guides are now U.S. Coast Guard certified and insured.

“I’m very happy and honored to head up The Big K’s new year-round fishing program,” says Harrington. “The famous Umpqua River Loop has been my home waters for the past 12 years. Having the opportunity to team up with The Big K and share its truly spectacular 2,500-acre property, lodge, scenery and fishery with guests from around the world is a dream come true. God is good!”

About Todd Harrington, The Big K’s new Fishing Program Director

Harrington grew up fishing and rafting Oregon’s Rogue and Applegate Rivers and first dreamed of becoming a professional guide at the tender age of eight. Professionalism, a deep commitment to preserving the water and environment he fishes, and providing clients with world-class angling experiences are hallmarks of Harrington’s career. He has guided clients from around the world through his Living Waters Guide Service for the past twelve years. He also previously owned and operated Angel Lodge on the Elk River near Port Orford, Ore. Harrington, a tournament bass fisherman, earned ESPN’s Best of Show award for Sturgeon fishing on the Umpqua River. He’s made the famous Umpqua River Loop his home for more than a decade and fishes its waters more than 200 days each year.

“We’re thrilled to have Todd Harrington join our team and lead the expansion of our fishing services,” says Kathie Larsen, Director of The Big K. “Todd’s impressive experience as a professional fishing guide, his knowledge of the Umpqua River Loop bordering our ranch, and his deep commitment to customer service make him a perfect fit for working with our clients.”

I'm thrilled to be able to offer this fine operation, The Big K Guest Ranch, and it's access to the famed Umpqua River to the friends and clients of fishin' expeditions. We should have more news available soon. I'll keep you posted! Until then, who's in for the first group out to the Umpqua? __David Fields

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Prime Dates Available for the 2010-11 Peacock Bass Fishing Season Aboard the Amazon Santana

If you can react quickly these first dates of Dec. 10-19 look great!

Week 15 December 10 – December 19, 2010 (2-3 spots available)

Week 18 December 31 – January 8, 2011 (Mandatory dinner of $126 per person required and made mandatory by the Tropical Hotel/dinner/beach fireworks/party/New Year’s Eve Celebration) (12 spots available)

Week 19 January 7 – 16, 2011 (8 spots available)

Week 20 January 14 – 22, 2011 (8-10 spots available)

Week 24 February 22 – 19, 2011 (8-9 spots available)

Week 25 February 18 – 26 (Open)

Week 26 February 25 – March 5 *(Open)

Week 27 March 4-12 *(Open)

* Subject to water levels

It’s not to late to get in on the action this season. Check out these dates…grab a partner or form a group and give me a call to book your Peacock Bass fishing adventure aboard the Amazon’s premier fishing yacht…the Amazon Santana. Follow the link here for the Amazon Santana for more information. Then call me at 877.755.4950 to arrange your Peacock bass fishing adventure…an experience like no other!

EPA Rejects Lead Ban Petition Proposed by the Center for Biological Diversity

The Sportfishing Industry Applauds EPA’s Decision to Reject Lead Ban Petition
America’s anglers triumph over unwarranted petition to ban lead in fishing tackle. WHEW, that was close...but the center for who? You gotta' read this.
Alexandria, VA – November 4, 2010 – The sportfishing community commends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for its decision to reject a sweeping petition to ban lead in all fishing tackle. The petition, which was submitted on August 3, 2010, by the Center for Biological Diversity and four other groups, requested that EPA ban all lead in all fishing tackle on all U.S. waters. The petition also included a request to ban the use of lead ammunition in the hunting and shooting sports. That part was denied on August 27 because EPA does not have the legal authority to regulate ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Opposition from anglers was strong; over 43,000 anglers sent comments requesting dismissal of the petition to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson through www.KeepAmericaFishing.org™.

In dismissing the petition, EPA indicated that the “petitioners have not demonstrated that the requested rule is necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, as required by the TSCA.” EPA also cited state-specific actions and the increasing education and outreach activities being undertaken, stating that those actions “…call into question whether a national ban on lead in fishing gear would be the least burdensome, adequately protective approach to address the concern, as called for under TSCA.”

“The sportfishing community applauds EPA’s decision,” said American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Vice President Gordon Robertson. “It represents a solid review of the biological facts, as well as the economic and social impacts that would have resulted from such a sweeping federal action. It is a common sense decision.”

Robertson further said, “Increases in the cost of recreational fishing would stop many anglers from enjoying the sport. The resultant decrease in fishing license sales and the federal manufacturers’ excise tax on fishing tackle, which represent the two most important funding sources for fisheries conservation, would be a large setback for fish and wildlife managers and this country’s natural resources.”

“The sportfishing industry is very proud of the fact that America’s anglers were united on this important issue and played a pivotal role in EPA’s decision to reject this unwarranted petition,” noted Robertson. “KeepAmericaFishing™ provides anglers an opportunity to present a strong, coherent voice so that they can express their concerns to decision makers. EPA’s dismissal is without a doubt in direct response to the facts we presented which were soundly supported by our collective comments and input.”

The sportfishing community’s objection to the ban was based on:
• The data does not support a federal ban on lead sinkers used for fishing. In general, bird populations, including loons and other waterfowl species, are subject to many more substantial threats such as habitat loss through shoreline development. Any lead restrictions on fishing tackle need to be based on sound science that supports the appropriate action for a particular water body or species.
• A federal ban of the use of lead in fishing tackle will have a significant negative impact on recreational anglers and fisheries resources, but a negligible impact on waterfowl populations.
• Depending on the alternative metal and current prevailing raw material costs, non-lead fishing tackle products can cost from ten to twenty times more than lead products. Non-lead products may not be as available and most do not perform as well. Mandatory transitioning to non-lead fishing tackle would require significant and costly changes from both the industry and anglers.
• America’s 60 million anglers generate over $45 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy, creating employment for over one million people.
This is not the first time that such a ban has been requested. In 1992 EPA received a similar petition to ban lead fishing tackle and in 1995 the Agency abandoned the proposed rule because there was no threat to bird populations and the economic impact was determined to be significant. In September 2010, legislation was introduced to both chambers of Congress to prevent an overarching federal ban on lead in recreational fishing tackle (S. 3850 and H.R. 6284).

“Even with this decision, ASA will continue to work with legislators and EPA to ensure that future considerations of lead fishing tackle bans are made in response to sound science, not unwarranted petitions,” concluded Robertson. “Aside from the many anglers that spoke up, many organizations and members of Congress deserve thanks for decisively voicing their opinion to EPA.”

To learn more about this issue and to support the voice of the American angler, please visit http://www.keepamericafishing.org/.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

#KLures...Awesome "Grande" and "Chico" Rippers for #PeacockBass

Blogger Bob Daly, over at The Fishing News has reported on numerous occasions about the California custom lure maker KLures and the angler/artist/owner behind KLures, Kermett Adams. Bob will let you know matter-of-factly that when it comes to custom hand crafted lures there are no finer specimens available today for the Golden Dorado of Argentina than those of Adams handcrafted ‘tricksters'.Daly and several others of this #PeacockBass addict’s brethren have expressed a fondness for Adams "Grande" Ripper and "Chico" Ripper as their "go to" lure of choice for enticing the awesome top water explosions of the ferocious Peacock Bass.

I've been reading the "posts" about the KLures on Blogs and Forum Boards for the last couple of years and finally decided to seek out Adams and order a few for my last trip to the Peacock haunts of the Rio Negro this last October. In fact, I encouraged Kermett to paint up a couple for me in a special color which he readily agreed to do. Then, perhaps 10 days later I had the order in hand. It didn't take but a few minutes of examination to understand why guys like Daly, Cagle and Laden were singing the praises of Adams KLures. Of those mentioned and myself I would dare say our combined Peacock Bass tackle inventory would challenge the likes of any given BPS store. From the old standards like the Peacock Specials, Amazon Rippers, Big Game Woodchoppers and Woodchopper Slims of the old Lure Jensen brand to the New Pavon Props and the ever popular HighRollers, our tackle shelves would all be found sagging from the over abundance of these fine ‘tricksters'.

I say all that to say this...we've all "fished" these old standbys for years and know them well. But when you put a KLure in your hand for examination you quickly see the "four keys of quality" that truly sets a custom lure apart from all the others:

Four Keys of Quality

  • absolutely the best of hardware available in the marketplace today;

  • a premium lure body turned by the artesian to perfect tolerances;

  • available paint and color patterns unsurpassed in the industry with a Lexus finish;

  • all assembled and tuned to a performance standard before it is ever shipped to the purchaser.

Now all of this sounds good but will the Grande or the Chico catch fish...OH YEAH! Here's an 18 pounder in hand that succumbed to a Clown Colored Grande Ripper and as the above mentioned guys have attested as well...these are field proved Monster Peacock Bass fish catchers...top shelf ‘tricksters’!

David Fields with 18# Peacock Bass caught on Peacock Ripper
I highly recommend you visit KLures.com and have a look around at the various types, models and color combinations of lures available for multi-species. Order a few soon for your next fishin' expedition! Whether it's the Monster Bull Red Fish of the Mississippi Delta or the Monster Peacock Bass of the Amazon we're here to assisst you in planning your next "fishing adventure of a lifetime."

David Fields
International Angler/Outfitter
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40 year international angling veteran. 10 years hosting fishing fin'atics to exotic angling destinations located throughout the Americas. Blogger, freelance writer and media specialist.

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Fall Red Fish Report for Venice, LA...Great Fishing!

No sooner that the airplane wheels hit the landing strip from his return from the jungles of South America after a great Peacock Bass trip and he's off to the beaches and bays of the Mississippi Delta for Bull Reds! This report just in from Venice, LA and Captain Keith's camp by our friend and Redfish specialist Gary Clark.

Arrived Venice, LA this trip just in time for a big cold front. Fought wind and waves for first two days but caught bull reds anyway---along with some unwanted but very acrobatic black tip sharks. Then, finally, some great weather on the last day thanks to a welcomed high pressure system in the Gulf. Very warm with no wind. 40 bull reds in the boat with all well over 28". Two 32 pounders topped the catch. Plastics prevailed with Tsunami split tail minnows and the new Bomber mud minnows producing best. We experienced some of the most spectacular strikes and feeding frenzy ever! Total catch for the 3 days was 84 reds, 2 trout and many sharks (unfortunately!). Thanks to Capt. Keith for another great trip!


If you want to get in on the Fall Feedin' Frenzy of these Giant Bull Reds give me a call an we'll set you up for the "fishing adventure of a lifetime"...the Captain has a few select dates remaining for 2010.

David Fields



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Two Giant Peacock Bass Caught by First Timer Jake Lambert

Every so often it just happens...a "newbie" gets into the zone real quick and is willing to put forth the intense effort that goes with the territory...that is, the passionate pursuit of the explosive Peacock bass. On his first trip to the Amazon's Rio Negro earlier this month Jake Lambert caught the drift...got in the zone and hammered out TWO GIANT PEACOCK'S of 20# each.

Here's what Jake had to say about his first trip to the Amazon with Amazon Fishing Expeditions aboard the Belle Amazon in early October 2010.

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience that the trip on the Rio Negro was. I knew that it would be a fun and exciting time, but expectations were exceeded by a huge margin!

The terrain was absolutely beautiful and completely remote. I was astonished at the vastness of the area that we were fishing, and the immense variety of wildlife that we saw.

The boat staff and guides were fantastic, and really were there to serve, but at the same time, to ensure our comfort and safety. I couldnt belive what good fisherman that the guides were, and that they knew the territory so well (we covered over 100 miles of the Rio Negro Basin!).

The accommodations and equipment were first rate! From the Belle Amazon to the bass boats, from the tackle to the toilets!
Everything was nice!

The fishing experience was the most intense and physically demanding fishing that i have ever done. And you know where i am from and all of the crazy things that we do! Ha! We caught "numbers" and "size".

Lastly, as with any experience, it is about the "people" that make a trip like this so special. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other fishermen on the boat, and developing friendships that will last.

My only regret of the whole trip is that i didnt commandeer the kitchen one night and cook up a good old cajun feast for the whole boat!

Anyhow, the trip was a total success that exceeded my wildest expectations. I definately will be back. Hopefully soon!

Let me know when you come down south, and we will make a fishing trip to the marsh!"

Thanks again!
Jake Lambert
St. Amant, LA

Give me a call soon to book your "Fishing Adventure of a Lifetime" to the Amazon's Rio Negro. I'll take care of the details...while you take care of the fishin'!

David Fields International Outfitter david@fishinexpeditions.com


Monday, October 18, 2010

Amazon Fishing Expeditions Oct Group Fishing Report

Let's keep it simple... 10 anglers fishing 6.5 days on the Rio Negro from the Belle Amazon mother ship caught 1440 Peacock Bass up to a 23.5# Monster landed by first time Amazon angler Kent Standerfer on the first day! Now that's an initiation! A total of 71 fish over 10# including 21 "teeners" and 7 over 20# produced the top 5% for the week.

Guide Meeting

Fishing conditions varied over the week due to localized weather conditions and rising water the last three days. The first three days of the week were certainly the most productive. Fish were positioned near main river sandbars as well as sandbars developing around the entrances to the lagoons and in river bends. Secondary location patterns found fish located along lagoon edges often relating to isolated wood features. Minimal early fry balls were observed but a few were productive for larger fish.
Gary Clark w/ Guide JoJo and Beautiful 20# Peacock

Productive Lures for the week included HighRoller Riprollers in Fire Tiger and Halloween; KLures "Grande Ripper" and "Chico Ripper" in Clown and Jacunda; Jigs in Red and White or Yellow and Red.
My 18 pounder "pounded" a KLure Grande Clown Ripper!

A Five Star Rating goes out to David McCarthy and his Belle Amazon operation, staff and guides for this trip! The accommodations, food and service were top shelf. The trip went smoothly with direction from the Manaus representative Paula; the boat manager Naldo; the head guide CoCo to the legendary "Harry the waiter." Stateside, I want to extend a special thank you to Pamelah Howard for coordinating logistics with the Brazil operation and staff.

It's not too late...to schedule your "Fishing Adventure of a Lifetime" to the tributaries and "Lost lagoons' of the Amazon for the explosive Peacock bass. We have spots open for many dates during the remaining 2010-11 season. So don't hesitate, give me a call and I'll take care of the details while you take care of the fishin'.

Amazon Fishing Expeditions Belle Amazon Group October 2010

David Fields
International Outfitter

Monday, October 4, 2010

Belle Amazon Week One Fishing Report - Rio Negro

Well, we’ve kicked off our 2010/2011 season on the Rio Negro with a GOOD FISHING REPORT!

FISHING REPORT – BELLE AMAZON - Week ending 10/1/10

Location: Rio Negro/Amazon River/Manaus Brazil

Trip Date: September 24, 2010 Week

Group Size: 18 Anglers

Total Number Fish Landed: 2361

Size: 10 lb.’ers – 21, 11 lb.’ers – 10, 12 lb.’ers – 11, 13 lb.’ers – 7,

14 lb.’ers – 6, 15 lb.’ers – 7, 16 lb.’ers – 5, 17 lb.’ers – 5,

18 lb.’ers – 6, 19 lb.’ers – 6, 20 lb.’ers – 5, 21 lb.’ers – 4,

22 lb.’ers – 2, 23 lb.’ers – 1, and 24.5 lb.’ers – 1!!!!!

(non published weights under 10#)

THAT'S 42 "TEENERS" and 13 GIANTS over 20 pounds with a 24.5 pound MONSTER!

The fishing boats are waiting just for you!

Water Level: Water levels were terrific on our first week with some awesome fishing!

Baits Used: Lures of choice for this trip were Woodchoppers, High Rollers and Jigs.

Owner/Operator, David McCarthy attended this trip. He commented on the excellent water conditions and the fish were staging themselves on the primary and secondary points leading into the lagoons and off the main channels.

I'll be on the Belle myself through 10/19 and will report in detail and with photo's on my return.

Good fishin'

David Fields


Friday, October 1, 2010

Returning to the Rio Negro, Northern Watershed of Brazil 10/8

La Querencia is a Spanish word not easily translated into English but meaning roughly, the power of place or longing to a place; the desired place or where the heart is. It comes from the verb quere, which means to desire, to want…the “wanting place”. To writers, that burning urge to write is our Querencia. To one who fishes for the ferocious peacock bass, the urge will become overwhelming to return to that “wanting place”, the Brazilian Rain Forest of South America and the Amazon River and its tributaries.

Our group of 10 departs October 8th for the ultimate destination aboard the Belle Amazon located somewhere along the Rio Negro and its tributaries. In the group are three veterans and seven newbies...that's seven more who will touch, taste and be overwhelmed by the draw of the tea colored rivers...the "wanting place." They too will soon be afflicted with the same addiction we seven others share. They too are soon destined to the power of La Querencia!

In 2005 professional video producer David Masterson and I joined on the Unini River to film some promotional material for fishin' expeditions. Much of the footage on the following video was from that trip...especially the slow motion video of the explosions on surface baits and the leaping aerobatics of the Peacocks. Enjoy! Then contact me soon to arrange your Amazon Fishing Expedition.

El Grande Lures Signs Elite Angler Fred Roumbanis

I got the word earlier in the week from Jay Schurz and couldn't wait to report it here. Fred "Boom Boom" Roumbanis has joined El Grande Lures. He also joins the El Grande team of Chad Morgenthaler and Curt Dove...another pair of outstanding anglers in the Bass Fishing Big Leagues.

What do you notice about this? Great guys...great sticks...represent the sport well. Any company would be proud to have them on their team. Sure thing...but there's something else, Jay Schurz, owner of El Grande, is a custom builder. Oh, El Grande Lures may no longer be "building" custom "hand pours" but Jay is building a custom plastic line none the less. Radically custom! I've seen it before, and that goes way back to Nick Creams "harder than a hammer" plastic worm...yep, I've been playin' with plastics a good while. There are Custom Plastics and then there are simply... plastics. In this case, the "cream" rising to the top is El Grande Lures!

Stay tuned because Jay Schurz is quietly "hand picking" and "custom building" 1) an exceptional product and 2) a Top Shelf Team that will soon be turning heads on the tournament trails with names like "Sapo"..."Hatch-Match"... "Gila Monster" and a few new members of the El Grande family soon to be released.

If you think size doesn't matter...watch out for El Grande!

October 1, 2010 at 1:09pm


Bixby, OK- Today, El Grande Lures of Linton, Indiana announced that Fred Roumbanis, an Elite Series pro from Bixby, Oklahoma, has joined the company's pro-staff.

The timing is perfect. With several new products on the schedule to be released in the next few months, the partnership with Roumbanis adds incredible presence to El Grande Lures.
Roumbanis joins Chad Morgenthaler and Kurt Dove on El Grande's team of pro anglers.

El Grande's line up of quality soft plastic lures, should give Roumbanis the confidence and edge he needs to be a strong contender on his rigorous schedule of bass fishing tournaments.

"As a touring professional angler, I know how important it is to catch big fish. It’s not about the number of fish… it’s all about the size of the fish. That’s why I’ve teamed up with El Grande Lures, a company dedicated to catching giant bass. " -Fred "Boom Boom" Roumbanis

El Grande's owner, Jay Schurz, said the following: " We are extremely pleased that Fred Roumbanis has chosen to partner with El Grande Lures. Fred will be involved in marketing, product design, and working with our partners and staff in South Africa as well as the US and Mexico. We chose to partner with Fred Roumbanis because he is obviously a great fisherman, has superior work ethic, is very personable, and understands what we are striving to do here at El Grande Lures. We look forward to many years of working with Fred and will assist Fred in any way we can to help him achieve his professional goals.

El Grande Lures Currently has 4 products in it's lineup with others to be released shortly:

- The Gila Monster, an 8 3/4" lizard that can be Carolina Rigged, Texas Rigged, or fished weightless.

- The El Grande Tube, a flipping tube meant to handle the toughest cover.

- The El Grande Sapo, a 4", soft plastic toad that churns the water like a buzzbait.

- The Hatch-Match Stick, a 5", cigar shaped stick bait that can be fished wacky, Texas Rigged, or Carolina Rigged.

All four lures are available in standard colors as well as pattern unique to EL Grande Lures.

El Grande Lures is a soft plastics company, owned by international fisherman, Jay D. Schurz. Schurz has spent over 20 years chasing giant largemouth bass around the globe and brings his experiences to the design of El Grande Lures.

For More information about El Grande Lures go to http://www.facebook.com/l/53c49AVquiwqvQkgA3ABj0CVrTw;www.elgrandelures.com


Friday, September 10, 2010

Old Harbor Outfitters and Fishin' Expeditions Forge Alliance (September 2010)

Founded in 2006, Old Harbor Outfitters develops high performance technical products for today's serious fishermen, including apparel, sunglasses, bags, and fishing gear. The company is committed to bringing only the highest quality items to market, and tests all its products aboard some of today's most successful sport fishing boats to ensure that Old Harbor Outfitters' products provides fishermen with optimal performance on both land and sea. Old Harbor Outfitters is pleased to partner with David Fields and Fishin’ Expeditions in promoting our brand to all fishermen – keying in on the traveling expedition angler. “We feel our partnership with Fishin’ Expeditions will allow us to grow our brand and promote the fact that OHO makes the most innovative, technical apparel in the marketplace. On top of that we are providing the traveling angler with the proper apparel and gear they need to achieve maximum performance when fishing abroad.” (Steve Tempini – CEO). Old Harbor Outfitters and Fishin’ Expeditions look forward to showing you the higher evolution of fishing – OHO.

Founded in 2005, Fishin' Expeditions are sportfishing outfitters and purveyors of exotic custom tailored fishing trips featuring adventure destinations located throughout the Americas. Specializing in providing “fishing adventures of a lifetime” to clients from accross the globe, our company motto, "Sportfishing Outfitters with a passion for excellence" is a challenge we take personal with every client. "I can't tell you how pleased I am to be partnered with Old Harbor Outfitters. Although the co-branding relationship is new, my association with OHO goes back to 2007 when I first purchased their original Weatherproof Captains Bag...the perfect bag to withstand the elements of the Amazon Rain Forrest and keep my tackle and personal effects perfectly dry. OHO is driven by a leadership Team intensely focused on demanding quality and performance from all products offered under the OHO brand. Thourally tested by owners, staff and alliance partners like myself, you can be assured that products meet ridged requirements and tests prior to landing on the pages of an OHO catalog."

I encourage you to visit the Old Harbor Outfitters web site and investigate for yourself a line of gear that will meet the "destination specific" needs and challenges of Big Water and Freshwater Exotic anglers alike. If you find something you like, check back with me...I might find you a special code for your purchase.

Good fishin'


Thursday, September 9, 2010

AWESOME ACRES OF REDFISH...For your fishing pleasure.

DON"T MISS THESE 5 PHOTO'S ANGLING FRIENDS...I like 'grip and grin' pictures just as much as the next. Who doesn't like a good hoistm' and holdm' photo shoot. I'll be the first to jump up and grab a camera for a great shot of a fishin' expeditions client with their trophy. But these 5 photo's may represent the most incredible feeding frenzy you have ever seen. Acres of Giant Redfish recently photographed on a feeding binge near Whiskey Island, LA.

Click on Each Photo to Enlarge

Good fishin'

David Fields

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Expedition Amazon: 30 Days and Counting

If you can react quickly and secure your travel documents and flights you can be a part of this expedition. There are four (4) spaces available to be filled.

Greetings Friends,

Join us this October as we explore the tributaries and the Lost Lagoons of the Rio Negro. AFE is pleased to offer our clients an experience unlike any other in the Amazon. Aboard our luxury yacht, BELLE AMAZON you can comfortably explore this awesome fishery and enchanting part of the world. You will experience the fishing adventure of a lifetime and return home with incredible memories and appreciation of the Amazon region.

The yacht's amenities include fine dining, individual air conditioning controls for each room, room service, satellite phone and laundry service. The yacht features 8 double rooms with offset bunk beds and private baths.

The custom-designed bass boats are equipped with marine radios and GPS units. Aboard the BELLE AMAZON, you don't have to forego comfort and luxury to experience the legendary explosive strikes and tackle busting power of the Amazon's native Peacock Bass.

The group will total 16 anglers and presently there are four (4) places available. Give me a call soon for all the details if you are interested in joining this "hosted" trip. With just over 30 days before departure you must be flexible and able to act fast in securing your travel documents.

I look forward to joining you on the Rio Negro for an Amazon expedition into the interior reaches and the Lost Lagoons of the Amazon watershed of northern Brazil.

Don't miss an opportunity for these prime 2010 dates:

October 8-17, 2010
Expedition Amazon...Rio Negro
Aboard Belle Amazon
Explosive Peacock Action
On the Rio Negro - minimum 6 full days fishing

With International Outfitter David Fields and Expedition Amazon

For further information:
Email: david@fishinexpeditions.com
Phone Toll Free 877.755.4950

Friday, August 27, 2010

Return to the Delta...Day 3 Report...Bull Red Fish, YES...Oil, NO!

Wednesday the 25 was an awesome day for Red Fish action, no question. Yesterday, Thursday 26th, was a so so day...we have those too. Rain was concentrated in the area of south pass and east bay all day, sometimes very heavy, with rolling seas at the beach of 2-4 feet and some areas more. We were able to pound out 20 Reds to 27#. Still not a bad day for roughly 3 hours actual fishing.

So figure three anglers had 138 Bull Reds to 36# over two and 1/2 days. Not bad. But we should well remember that this is within 50 miles of the worst oil spill on record, certainly on the Gulf Coast of the US. Let me point out, although the well bore appears to be plugged (sealed) there is still a monumental effort taking place to clean up the region. Workforce and support personal, remediation vessels, enforcement agencies and regulatory are everywhere...that's good. But even better...the oil and residual effects are certainly being remediated and all involved should be congratulated and thanked for their efforts and commitment.

I want to remind you of one last thing...the fishing is fantastic and the fish are as under pressured right now as ever. So if you're ready for some outstanding monster Bull Red action give me a call and let me set you up with Captain Keith Kennedy for a trip to the Delta!
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