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Collecting Apistos in the Anavilhanas


At 6:30 in the morning we crossed the new bridge over the Rio Negro, one of the most expensive bridges ever made.

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We got off the freezing bus at around 10:30 at Nova Ayrao, a small depressing city with the feel of a ghost town.

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After an hour and a half of waiting, we got into a boat just as the rain was getting near.

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The ride to the small village where we would stay was about 30 minutes away.

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Once at the village we were greeted by the 10 year old macaw that owned the village.

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I had a few minutes before lunch, so I fished along the shore. The only interesting fish I caught was a Hypselecara temporalis in some submerged grass

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After eating piranha for lunch I went back out to the river and caught some Lampeye fish (I dont actually know what they are),

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a Mesonauta insignis,

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a pike cichlid,

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and a few more fish of interest…

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Apistogramma pertensis

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and an Apistogramma paucisquamis, one of my all time favorites.

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After about an hour of fishing and with lots of apistos in the bag, and very sore wrists I took a walk around the village

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I enjoy taking pictures a lot with my new Rebel XT

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There was a pet White Hawk that posed quite nicely for me

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and a pet parrot

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Enough with the birds, the next day I almost caught a peacock bass but I didnt set the hook right when it blew up on my lure.
After that we had to leave. All of the fish were put in breather bags and put carefully into my backpack. Apparently the weather decided it had been too nice to us and when we were heading back, it was so windy that we had to stop in a cove because of the waves.

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I was hoping to catch more apistos in an Igarape back in the woods

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But there were no fish in it.
Half an hour later the waves subsided and we headed off to Nova Ayrao again in the pouring rain. Disaster struck when I realized that one of the bags had opened and all of the water had escaped leaving the fish stranded in the bag! Unfortunately four fish died.
Back at home I put the remaining apistos, in an empty ten gallon quarintine aquarium.

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Fly Fishing In Iracema


 Recently I took a trip to the Cachoeira de Iracema, a beautiful waterfall in Presidente Figueredo. We went in the dry season and there was less than 50 percent of the water that usually poured over the rocks. I wanted to catch apistos but I have had very poor luck in that area with apistos. The water is to fast and clear for small nets.

With my fly rod I caught mostly Aequidens tetramerus or diadema and also caught a few pike cichlids.

One of my friends caught the largest fish of the trip a large Hoplias sp. it was surprisingly agile… and it took a bite at my hand.

2011 in review


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The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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September Fishing on the Rio Negro


I got up at the crack of dawn and after throwing on my clothes headed to the Ponta Negra where I fish every week.

 I got the buses without waiting at all and got to the river at right around 7:15, possibly the earliest I have ever made it.

One of the busses I use to get to the Ponta Negra

I hadn’t been having much luck at the place where I normally fished at, so I walked to a small stream. There were no fish in the stream but at the place that it intersected the river provided a perfect place for fish where a bunch of dead vegetation was trapped attracting baitfish and predatory fish. I used a new Rebel popper and almost immediately had a bite. The first fish got away but the next was not so lucky. It was my first Traira (Hoplias Malabaricus) I had ever caught on a topwater lure.

It was followed up by another, smaller one. The next fish up was entirely different, to this day I don’t know exactly what it was but I do know I have never seen one before.

I did not take any fish home since all of them were very aggressive species. The last one did tempt me but was not resistant enough for the ride back.

It was on a saturday and on the way back there were a lot of nice cars.

Peacock Bass on the Rio Negro


So I am still on summer break and continue to go to the Ponta Negra to fish every week. But I haven’t really been catching much… actually nothing. This week I went early in the morning and got to my fishing place by 8:00 in the morning. Two days before, I had bought a new topwater lure and this was my first chance to try it out. For the first hour and a half or so I didn’t catch anything, not even a bite. I kept walking along the shore and wondering if the lure was too big until a fish lunged up from the rocks and hit the lure. It was a miss but when I twitched it again the fish hit it again this time more carefully but still with a a little extra “splash”. This time I set the hook and felt the fish tugging down, then it sped away to the submerged bushes. It didn’t tie itself up fortunately. It rose to the surface and jumped out of the water. After a fierce back and forth tug-of-war I pulled the fish onto dry land and it promptly spit the hook and I jumped on it so it couldn’t get back to the water. It was only 17 inches but it put up a good fight.

Small Break


Apologies to all of my regular readers and subscribers, I am taking a break from blogging on this blog until my next collecting trip I don’t know when that will be, but hopefully it will be in less than a week.

See ya then!

Fortaleza Trip. Saltwater Aquarium


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Sorry about the Delay!


I was travelling to Fortaleza and some of the posts I scheduled didn’t post. I am back now and things should start moving along again. Thank you for your patience!

Fortaleza Trip


Today we are in  the city of Fortaleza pictures when we get back!