If one of your favorite hobbies is fishing, allow
me to introduce you to the fish I am most
passionate for, peacock bass, the fiercest
fighting fresh water fish. Peacock bass have
straightened my hooks; destroyed my lures;
broken my line, snaps, and swivels; ripped the
gears out of my reels; broken my poles; dragged
me and my canoe into the jungle; and escaped
in every imaginable way. If you like a challenge,
want to test your skills, learn some new tricks
and have a fishing adventure, I recommend
peacock bass fishing in Iquitos, Peru. Besides
being ferocious predators, they are also smart,
beautiful, and delicious.

Peacock Bass Fishing Iquitos Peru

Here in Iquitos, Peru, they are called tucunarè, tucs, or tuquitos. I love
catching tucs. I feel the most satisfaction tricking them with artificial
lures from a one person canoe when the water is too high. Believe me it
is not easy. If you want bragging numbers it is better to go when the
water is low, in a two person boat with an expert controlling the boat.
Either way, I would go with Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises.

Join us on a fishing expedition that will provide you with a topic of
interesting conversation for the rest of your life. We will use our safe,
comfortable river boat, Dawn on the Amazon III, as our base of
operations and move to where the fish are biting. For half the price we
can use our 35 foot, thatched-roof boat, Dawn on the Amazon I, to fish
in the shade. Or we can branch out in small boats and canoes to access
lakes and places where the larger boats cannot go. We will always be
near our floating, comfortable home base, so you can fish as much or as
little as you want.

If your significant other is not interested in fishing, he or she will also
have an amazing Amazon experience. Life is interesting along the river
and you will experience new sights, sounds, and smells every day. We
will observe nature. You will see and hear pink dolphins, monkeys,
parrots, macaws, toucans, and hundreds of other jungle critters. You will
love the beautiful butterflies and beetles. We will visit native villages
and homes, take short or long hikes in the rainforest, swim, or just hang
out and relax on Dawn on the Amazon.

Dawn III has a modern kitchen/dining area, including a freezer and a
refrigerator. You can enjoy the luxury of a cold beer or cool glass of wine
in the middle of the rainforest after a hard day of fighting peacock bass.
Did I mention new tastes? We will not cook like your grandmother. We
will cook like a gourmet, Peruvian grandmother. This is a jungle
experience and we will use the local fruit, produce, and spices, with
fresh fish and chicken. We will have brewed Peruvian coffee every
morning. All food and drinks will be prepared with pure water.

Tucunarè have already destroyed my fishing gear so you should bring
your own essential fishing gear. Two poles and two reels give you a
back up. Contact me for advice about the best types and sizes of lures,
lines, snaps and swivels etc., and to discuss the details of your fishing
expedition to the Amazon jungle in search of peacock bass. If you do
not want to bring your own favorite fishing gear, I do have some nice
equipment to rent you. I was just kidding about my gear being

Sport Fishing in the Peruvian Amazon

This is the the most exciting freshwater sport fishery for the
adventurous angler. Over twenty different species will take a fly or lure
on any given day. Join Dawn on the Amazon, for an exciting day or a
week of fishing for the hardest fighting, most delicious, most beautiful
fish in the world. If you like fishing, please do not miss this opportunity.
PEACOCK BASS, Cichla monoculus, common Peruvian name,
Tucunarè; size up to 12 lbs. Their explosive strike, ability to break
heavy lines and straighten hooks, or drag an angler and canoe into the
flooded jungle make them the Holy Grail of sport fishing.

Hydrolycus scomberoides, common
Peruvian name, Chambira; size up to 46 inches, and 31 lbs. Payaras
possess huge fang like teeth, making Piranha look tame by comparison.
Also known as vampire fish, Dracula fish or water wolf. They prefer
strong current. Live piranha make the best bait, but can be taken on
lures. They are very powerful, great jumpers when hooked, difficult to
get in the boat, more fun to catch than to eat. Remove hook with

Hoplias malabaricus, common Peruvian name, Fasaco; size
up to 5 lbs. Prefer shady areas, low light conditions, adapted to low
oxygen conditions. A powerful predator, fun to catch, not my favorite to
eat. Another toothy fish, remove hook with caution.

Osteoglossum bicirrhosum, common Peruvian name
Arahuana; size up to 20 lbs. Great jumpers, set the hook hard and hang
on. The male broods the eggs and fry in their mouths. The young swim
in and out between the large teeth. Valuable aquarium fish, and hard
fighting sport fish. Can be spotted jumping out of the water to eat
insects and small birds from the trees. Remove hook with caution.

Pygocentrus nattereri, common Peruvian name,
Paña; size up to 1 lb. As Roger Harris of
junglephotos.com says,"the
Amazon's most notorious animal. Its powerful bite and sharp teeth can
sever a finger or toe, but there are, contrary to popular belief, no
confirmed fatalities resulting from a mass attack." Piranhas do not eat
people, people eat piranha. Easy to catch. Use caution when handling
these fish. Do not leave loose in the bottom of the boat.

Serrasalmus niger, common Peruvian name, Paña
Blanca; size up to 5 lbs. Handle with extreme caution.

Colossoma macropomum, common Peruvian name, Gamitana,
Tambaqui, Pacu; size up to 50 lbs. This is a prized fish, not only for its
delicious meat, but also for its great fight when hooked. Many believe
the Pacu is a harder fighter than the Peacock Bass. Their teeth
resemble those of the horse and are used to crush fruits and seeds.

Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum, common
Peruvian name, Doncella; size up to 60 lbs. A large and powerful
predator. A popular aquarium fish and a delicacy at the dinner table.

Phractocephalus hemioliopterus, common
Peruvian name, Pez Torre; size up to 5 ft. and 125 lbs. Considered to
be the prettiest catfish,  popular aquarium fish, frequently caught.

Brachyplatystoma flavicans, common Peruvian
name, Dorado; size up to 4 ft., 70 lbs, is the most delicious of the
region’s catfish.

Pseudodoras niger, common Peruvian name,
Turushuqui; size up to 50 lbs. Nocturnal, Distinctive rows of claw-like
bony protuberances along each side. Armored, prehistoric looking, hard
fighting, delicious.

Calophysus macropterus, common Peruvian name,
Mota; size up to3 lbs. Frequently caught, hard fighting, fun.

Astronotus ocellatus, common Peruvian name, Acarahuasú;
size up to 3 lbs. The supreme pan fish of the upper Amazon. Very
delicious. Popular aquarium fish, great fighters.

Crenicichla johanna, common Peruvian name, Añashúa;
size up to 1 lb. Five species in the area we fish. Fast, colorful, fun to

Heros appendiculatus, common Peruvian name,
Bufurqui or Bujurqui; size up to six inches. There are about 50 kinds of
cichlid in the Peruvian Amazon. Most are too small to be considered
game fish, but many are popular aquarium fish. Males in breeding color
are truly spectacular. The Peruvian Cichlid and a few other kinds are
excellent pan fish.
This piranha could eat
these other fish for breakfast
This giant freshwater stingray caught near the
confluence of the Amazon and Nanay Rivers
from the back of Dawn on the Amazon III
Peacock Bass Fishing Iquitos Peru
If you have joined the many sport fishermen who have taken an Amazon
peacock bass fishing trip to Brazil or Venzeuela then your next Amazon
peacock bass fishing tour should be Iquitos Peru. Visit this link of our
photo gallery,
Fish and Mammals of the Peruvian Amazon .
Contact us today.
Big cat
Big catfish, big mouth
Mark with peacock bass
Mark with peacock bass
Edson with catfish
Piranha negro
giant freshwater stingray
Bill with catfish