Fishing Report – Rio Negro – Week ending 11/14/10
FISHING REPORT – Week ending 11/14/10
First, we would like to wish you all a “Happy Holiday Season” and hope to see some of you on our upcoming DECEMBER 31st NEW YEAR’S BASH at the Tropical Hotel in Manaus, Brazil, the night before we leave for our regularly scheduled fishing trip. ”Come Celebrate With Us for New Year’s Dinner/Dancing/Drinks/Fireworks on the Beach!! Hope you all can join us.
Next, let me just say this…… ”Wow, as long as I have been in the fishing business (always representing the Santana Yacht Fleet), I have never heard of one of our yachts having a glitch on a fishing trip!” One minute I am watching the news about the Princess Cruise Line completely breaking down leaving everyone stranded and running out of staples, and the next minute I hear the computer in “our” ship went out. Needless to say, my head started spinning wondering how David McCarthy (Owner/Operator) was going to maneuver this one (Thank God it was him on the boat and not me having to figure that one out!). David and his partner immediately summoned a qualified diesel mechanic by way of charter plane at which time he spent the next 4-6 hours trying to remedy the problem. He quickly went to work only to find out it was a computer problem that could not be fixed in the time frame nor the location in which the yacht was currently positioned. Having only moved approximately 40-50 miles north of Barcelos, we realized we were going to have to improvise to have a successful trip. We thought we would hire another boat to try and move the yacht up river, but when all efforts failed due to the weight of the Mothership, we were pulling our hair out trying to figure out any remedy that would work for our clients. David immediately sent to Barcelos for additional gasoline for the bass boats, as well as instructed all the Guides to fish their clients until 6 o’clock each night.
Well, as usual, David was making sure everyone had some good food (you “know” you’re going to get a good breakfast with this guy on board because it’s “his” favorite meal of the day i.e. pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, and goodness knows what else).
Well, there are just things in life sometimes (especially in the Amazon) that make you go “hmmmmmm?” However, our courteous staff was wonderful as usual doing all they could to keep everyone happy and satisfied, along with Harry being his awesome entertaining self and great host.
In closing, and “against all odds”, our knowledgeable Guides and experienced Anglers pulled off some very good fishin’!
TESTIMONIAL: “A wonderful and amazing fishing excursion to the Amazon was provided to me by the staff and guides aboard the Belle Amazon and Hooked On Adventures! We experienced a few mechanical problems aboard the Belle Amazon, but the staff came through for us and got us to the hot fishing by hook or by crook! I had a teener (or above) landed each day, so I am looking forward to the next trip to do a repeat. I would definitely book with Hooked On Adventures again. They really out did themselves in service and knowledge of the best fishing locations! Thanks, Hooked On Adventures and Belle Amazon staff, for an experience of a lifetime!” - Jay Hastings
(Check out Jay’s 24 lb.’er)
Location: Rio Negro/Amazon River/Manaus Brazil
Trip Date: November 5 - November 14, 2010
Group Size: 17 Anglers
# of Days: 6
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#)
Water Level: Levels were extremely low this round (even though I’ve heard rumors that we here at Hooked On Adventures have control of water levels and weather and can even perform miracles ::laughing::). Hey! They still caught good numbers!
Baits Used: Lures of choice for this trip were High Rollers and Jigs.
**We’re gearin’ up now for our next trip December 10th where we will be sailing the Mothership, the “Amazon Santana”. Stay tuned for the next fishin’ report., and again, “Happy Holidays to you and Yours. We value and appreciate our fishin’ family”!
Pamelah Howard, Director of Sales & Marketing