Peacock Bass Expeditions


Honored by the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame for his pioneering peacock bass fishing expeditions, Billy Chapman, Jr. is on his way back to the Amazon Basin. In fall of 2010, the owner and founder of Anglers Inn International will lead fishing expeditions to Brazil.

Anglers Inn Amazon Division clients will stay aboard the Captain Peacock, a 95-foot luxury yacht that runs up the Rio Negro in northern Brazil. Anglers will fish from six 17.5-foot metal skiffs. With the yacht serving as a mobile lodge, the Captain Peacock can keep anglers in the best fishing areas.

During one week in November, anglers aboard the Captain Peacock boated nearly 1,000 peacocks up to 22 pounds. The following week, they boated 890 peacocks with the largest topping out at 24 pounds, 5 ounces. One angler also boated a 110-pound pirarucu on 20-pound line.

On Feb. 9, 2010, Bill Gassmann of Indianola, Iowa, landed a 28-pounder, a world record peacock on a clown-colored Luhr Jensen Big Game Woodchopper Slim topwater bait, while fishing a tributary. Gassmann used a three-piece 6.9-foot G Loomis Escape model ETR81-3HC20 heavy rod attached to a Shimano Curado 300E reel spooled with PowerPro. The fish beat the existing record by a pound.

Chapman will do everything first-class and keep service to his customers as a top priority as he has been doing for more than 35 years at various lodges in several countries. In the 1980s, he opened the first two 5-Star peacock bass lodges in the Amazon territory and has been making periodic trips to the area ever since.

“The Amazon is an amazing fishery” Chap- man said. “Besides catching peacocks, we’ll fish for other indigenous species, whatever our clients want to catch. We’re here to make their dreams come true.”

To make your reservation, call early since limited accommodations fill up quickly.


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