Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing Trips to the Rio Negro & Rio Madiera in the Amazon River Basin in Brazil

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity and ability to fish and hunt all over the world.  My travels include numerous trips to Africa where I have garnered trophies of the “Big Five” dangerous game. 

But Hooked on Adventures is second to none with their “Trip of a Lifetime.”  I have been three times and plan to return again for another fabulous adventure with Hooked on Adventures.  

Fish as hard or as easy as you like – pictures of fish and smiles tell it all!



I greatly enjoyed the Peacock Bass fishing trip to the Amazon River in Brazil.  I caught lots of fish including five over 15 lbs and one monster Peacock Bass that weighted 20 lbs.  I plan to return!

Earl Wooten

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I just returned from the beautiful Brazilian Amazon and enjoyed the 'Trip of a Lifetime.'  David and his expert guides, who are all Amazon natives, led me down to the mystic black waters of the Rio Negro where we spent 6 ½ days fishing for the fiercest of fresh water fish, the Peacock Bass.  While there I stayed aboard a beautiful live-aboard Yacht completely adorned in teak and mahogany.  I enjoyed five star dining and the utmost luxury while taking in the amazing Amazon Rainforest and enjoyed some of the best fishing on either side of the equator.  For those of you worried about pesky bugs, the Rio Negro has NO mosquitoes because of the tannic acid in the water, I did not see a single mosquito the entire time I was in Brazil.

This is simple guys, come down with David and Hooked on Adventures and you will enjoy the "Trip of a Lifetime."

Tim Huber

PGA Golf Professional

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Prominent “Custom-Home Builder,” Gary McDonald and  Cal Custom Tile owner Rick Berry and friends travel to The Amazon with Hooked on Adventures owner David McCarthy.


“David and his staff at Hooked on Adventures did a fantastic job ensuring that all of us had a great time, whether we were fishing for Trophy sized Peacock Bass, or just relaxing on the open-air deck enjoying the daily Happy-Hour.”  “Our home for the week was the beautiful and spacious 125 ft. Amazon Santana. This yacht is equipped with air-conditioned rooms through out, as well as hot and cold private showers in every suite.


David’s guides were absolutely fearless in getting us in and out of all the secret lagoons and hidden lakes. Fishing out of custom-made bass boats and using complimentary rods, reels and tackle made it that much easier to plan for the trip. If adventure travel is on your “BUCKET LIST”, I highly recommend calling the people at Hooked on Adventures for your "TRIP OF A LIFETIME".


This was my second trip with Dave and Hooked on Adventures. We caught lot's of fish and the guides were outstanding in putting us in the right place for BIG FISH!!!. The service was immpeccable. Happy hour with Harry was as good as it gets. I will be coming back again this year with some of my fellow Canadians. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

Rick with his 23lb Trophy Peacock.

As you know my son and I just returned from your Amazon Peacock Bass fishing trip hosted by Bill And Linda Fuchs. I wanted to take a minute to tell you what a great experience we had. Over the course of the trip.  Our guide, Zebedo, was very helpful and allowed us to do as much or as little as we wanted. How he could find his way around the channels of the Rio Negro still stymies my imitation. The accommodations and food were great! We enjoyed so many wonderful experiences, but I would like to mention a some of the more memorable ones. The shore lunch, shore dinner, daily breakfast and dinner with the rest of the group, cocktail hour swapping stories of the days. Lastly, a word about your boat staff. The rooms were well kept, and the daily laundry service was terrific and helped keep our packing to a minimum. The cooks were great! I must mention Harry. Probably the most accommodating person I was ever around. If we needed anything, all we had to do was turn around and he was there. He made the trip so much more enjoyable for us.

Larry and Zebedo with his trophy Peacock Bass.

If you want the trip of a lifetime,  and enjoy fishing, book this trip! I am including a picture that says it all. MY MONSTER PEACOCK BASS!!!


Thanks so much for everything for my husband and son.  I feel that Robert and Cliff have surely chose the right company for their fishing trip.  You have taken care of everything and answered all my million questions.  You made it easy to get everything set up.  I appreciate your effort.

Gina Hallford.  

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My group of 14 fishermen went to this Lodge in Mid-May. This group makes a lot of trips and this was one of the best. The Lodge and its Staff make for one of the best lodge experiences we have had. The guides are English speaking and knowledgeable about Tarpon fishing. May is slower than some months and the ocean rougher but we caught 67 Tarpon averaging about 100 lbs. and spent a lot of time in the pool telling the stories. We wholeheartedly recommend this Lodge and Hooked On Adventures to set it up for you. It is something you definitely want to try again!

~Terry West, West Law Firm, Oklahoma~

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My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Amazon. The whole trip was a great experience and my friends who came from around the world were absolutely ecstatic about the trip. My friends, who traveled far to come to the Amazon ranging from Russia, Ukraine, Canada, and Israel, were all thoroughly pleased with the experience. My friends and I to this day, are talking about the event on a daily basis. The guides were top notch; definitely the best we have ever had. The service was perfect. However, most importantly, the amount of fish we caught has provided us with enough fishing stories for all of the next year.

I would like to thank you again for the great memories and wish you all the best.

~Alexander Becker~

Near the end of trip, my cousin who has diabetes, became very sick.  David McCarthy, the President and Owner of Hooked on Adventures, personally got involved and pulled out every stop to help with the situation.  In particular, he recruited Paula from their Manaus office, who spoke both English and Portuguese, to shepherd us through the scary process of getting into the ER in Manaus and eventually into the hospital there (no one spoke English!!).  Throughout this entire multi-day ordeal, both David and Paula never left my side, and together we got my cousin released from the hospital and on to the plane to Miami.  Their efforts saved my cousin’s life.  Hooked on Adventures is an organization that is more than just providing a memorable fishing trip to the Amazon.  They are sensitive people who will do whatever it takes to help when help is needed.

His organization is not only first class for a great fishing trip, but does whatever is necessary to help a traveler who is far away from home.  In my case it really did make the difference between life and death.

Bob Paluck….Dallas, Texas

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Hi David,

Hooked on Adventures is by far the best choice for Peacock Bass Fishing.  I have now been on it twice and I can say it is a first class adventure like no other.  I feel an excellent trip all starts with the guides.  Hooked on Adventures has the best guides on the river, and that is not even debatable.  Where other boats on the river aren’t catching fish, the Hooked on Adventures guides are constantly putting their customers on fish.  The best part about them is their passion for fishing.  They get just as excited as we do when we catch a big fish.

Besides the guides the food and service on the boat is outstanding.  Nobody goes hungry on the boat.  The Hooked on Adventures staff offers a unique opportunity to try food that you would never have a chance to eat anywhere else.  I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious the Piranha soup is.  Harry, Tony, and the rest of the staff will meet any requests you have.

Owner/Operator David McCarty works to handle any issues that might occur during the trip.  Anything from missed flights, lost luggage, or arranging sightseeing tours in Manaus, David will take care of it for you.

“If you are looking for an Amazon Adventure look no further than Hooked on Adventures.”


Michael Losinno

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Our adventure started in Manaus.  Going through customs was a breeze.  Paula met us at the airport dressed in her Hook On Adventures gear; she was hard to miss.  Our luggage was loaded on the chartered bus on off to the hotel we went.  We had a wonderful view of the Amazon river from the room.  We had our very first Caipirinhas in the friendly bar.  This like a mojito, but it’s made with Brazilian rum and the mint leaves are omitted.  Mmmm…so refreshing.  That first night we ate at a real Brazilian BBQ open air restaurant.  There were so many dishes to choose from, and they all looked so very fresh.   We woke up and had a great buffet breakfast before hopping on another chartered bus that took us to a regional airport.  We got right on our small airplane and slept the hour-ish trip to Barcelos.  I regret not having more $1 bills because there were several ladies out selling their handicraft jewelry.  I bought some really cute gifts for friends, family, and myself.

We met Tony at the airport, and he got us on a bus that took us to the Santana.  That night we had a great dinner and had more Caipirinhas (thank you Harry!!!).  We were also assigned our guide for the week, and was told that wake-up call comes early at 5:00 am. We were also given an opportunity to buy one-ounce buck-tail jigs for $6 each.  I highly recommend the red and yellow bucktails.  They were quite popular with the Peacock Bass.

If you want a hot breakfast, please get up while the coffee is hot.  The Brazilian coffee shames Starbucks.  The chef let me watch her make the coffee.  She actually boils the grounds and then pours the coffee through a cheese-clothe type filter into an insulate dispenser.   We always had scrambled eggs, cheeses, tons of fruit, bacon or sausage, and more.  Now it was up to us as to when we wanted to go fishing.  My husband, Kerry, and I opted to get right out for the early fish.  Arnoldo, our guide, must have been born with a natural GPS and fish-finding system.  He always got us spot-on.

We fished our hearts out the first day.   Arnoldo would put us on a spot and would recommend how to catch the fish he seemed to sense.  Sometimes he told us to top-water fish with these 7-inch lures, cast with the jigs or troll with the jigs.  Just how do you do that, Arnoldo?  The chef had packed a cold lunch for us, but we opted to return to the Mothership at 11:00 to  shower and eat.  We had a cold beer with our sandwich and had a hardy nap.  We were back out to fish at 1:00.  We were excited about the 19 fish we caught on our first day, and I was especially excited about the 9 pound Peacock that I caught.  That was, until we saw a fellow fisherman who had just caught a 12 pounder!!  Bummer.  They were packing it up to head back to the Mothership, and my 9-pounder wasn’t that impressive to me anymore.  I admit – I got the fish pout.  Arnoldo must have picked up on that – it needs no translation.  Next thing you know, my hook was stuck on a stump.  Arnoldo started yelling “Big Fish, Big Fish.”  OMG.  It was!  I pulled a fighting 15-pounder out of the water.

What a beautiful fish!!  The head on that fish was big, if not bigger, than my head – and I have a big head.  I took a few pictures with my fish and felt my ego restored.  I was so happy to see blood on the top of my hand ; I had a bass bite from holding the fish with my bare hand.  I couldn’t wait to get back to the boat to share my battle wound!

~Laurie Rowan~ Eglin AFB, Florida      

It is a funny thing in life, when you accept only the very best, you very often get it and that describes “Hooked On Adventures” owned an operated by Mr. David McCarthy.  I recently completed my second trip on the Amazon Santana and am looking forward to my third and hopefully, many more.  You cannot go wrong with this just doesn’t get any better!”

~Stephen Schreifer~ 

Colonel, US Army, retired

I highly recommend this fishing experience to anyone.  The fishing and the accommodations were excellent and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking.   The food, meals, snacks and shore lunch were all wonderful.  The entire staff were gracious and hospitable.  The guides were hard working and very, very knowledgeable.  They wanted to find the big fish as much as we did.  Thank you so much for this very fine experience!    ~Stan Ratzlaff

p.s.  Did I mention my 21 lb Peacock bass catch?  I probably didn't mention the 17 lb or 18 lb either.  :)

We had a fantastic time fishing with those Canadian Boys. They are all very nice and it is good to make new friends.  I also got to tell them my portfolio of jokes!  David is a great host and he really has a first class crew.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

David & Bryan Scott


The fishing trip was truly a "Trip of a Lifetime".  I'm planning another trip back to the Amazon as the fishing was incredible!

One day I caught 50 Peacock Bass, and NO mosquitoes!!  Thank you for making the trip so wonderful.  I would recommend "Hooked on Adventures" to all my friends.

~Dennis Allen, Clovis, Ca. ~

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