from the 19th century on, when the international rubber trade
started to grow and its raw material, latex, was extracted
from native rubber trees, Manaus started to attract the attention
of businessmen the world over. By the end of the 19th century,
the wealth generated by rubber exports financed the construction
of luxury buildings replicating Europe’s fashionable
architectonic style in the heart of the Forest. Orchestras
and European opera companies performed regularly at the Amazonas
Theater, one of the greatest symbols of economic development
of that period. When the rubber trade declined, for a long
time, Manaus was forgotten. It recovered its economic importance
with the installation of an industrial center, stimulated
by the institution of a Free Zone in 1957. Today, many companies
stand out, using state-of-the-art technology to produce electronic,
computer and communication equipment.
Peacock bass usually range in size typically 5-6 pounds but
in the Amazon Basin it's not uncommon to land Peacock Bass
in excess of 20lbs! Now more than ever they have become of
the most prized exotic species for anglers. They’re
not bass at all, but members of the Cichlid family, some of
which may be in your kid’s aquarium, so take a look
and toss in a line! Anglers fly into Manaus Brazil with fightstobrazil.net
and then from Manaus, Brazil to an air-conditioned cabin barge
deep in the jungle; the barges can negotiate the shallow water
where the peacocks gather. Peacock Bass have been compared
to the fight one would get with salt water big game fishing
but in fresh water.
Peacock Bass, not only one of the most beautiful of all freshwater
fish, but also one of the strongest and most acrobatic in
the world. These Bass are truly crazy! Because of there appetite
you will catch a ton of them, and if your are lucky even a
trophy size. You should expect to do battle with fish in the
10-20 pound class and possibly a few much larger! You're arms
are going to be sore!
Amazon rivers are the best rivers in South America for giant
trophy peacock bass. The rivers produce more peacock bass
in excess of 20 lbs. more than any other rivers in South America.
The natives in this area frequently report catching monster
peacocks in excess of 30 lbs. and they catch them on hand
lines, and that's no fish story! The mighty Rio Negro, is
home to the IGFA all tackle record (27.5 lbs.) caught in 1994.
The rivers are all “black water”, which is the
color of dark tea, caused by tannic acids from decaying roots
and leaves. Because the acid content is so high, mosquitoes
are unable to breed. I hate mosquitoes!