Our Amazon-Angler Canadian & US partner
Mark Bolton (Long time friend) and expert angler looks after all things 'across the pond'.
Whilst not in the Amazon, Mark also owns & runs 'Mudskipper Outfitters' in Canada, hosting, guiding and leading clients on the incredible waters of Lake Simcoe.
Check them out on Facebook: @Mudskipper Outfitters
ARM is a great Facebook group to join up with, for all things related to our trips, plus the latest info from across the region...
Wanna come play in the jungle? In Canada or the US? Then drop Mark a message for more info, the latest schedules, costs and trip itineraries...
For anyone who enjoys the insanity of Peacock Bass fishing and the explosion you get when they strike at the surface, you have to try these 'Peacock Rippers' from K Lures.
I was lucky enough to get a shipment in from the US, prior to leaving for a Peacock Bass trip in Colombia (February 2020) and to be honest, they proved deadly. Their lures are handmade using premium grade Eastern Red Cedar. They are painted individually with the colour coat being lacquered, prior to finishing with a tough clearcoat. The SS hardware is 'super tough' with 6X VMC trebles and extra strong 2X split rings. The lures come pre-tuned for maximum turbulence so can be fished right out of the box. For those interested in single inline hooks instead of trebles, these can also be provided as an option on their Peacock Rippers. In addition to Peacock Bass these lures can also be effective on Stripers and other large game fish. K Lures can also provide 'custom' lures / designs so if you want to talk your requirement through, send a message to the main man - Kermett Adams.
As well as their website, K Lures can also be found easily on Facebook.
Steve Townson, the reigning Amazon Peacock Bass World Champion has specialised in jig fishing for Giant Peacock Bass for nearly 20 years and won both the 2005 and 2006 International Amazon Peacock Bass World Championships (the only two World Championships ever made to date) while using exclusively his ‘STEVIE STINGER’ Jigs.
The 1/2oz jig heads are hand-cast with lead in ‘Ultra Minnow’ shape with extra-strong 5/0 Black Nickel ultra-sharp jig hooks. Each jig head comes with 3D eyes and is colour-coordinated with the actual jig’s buck tail body to present an even more extended profile. ‘STEVIE STINGERS’ are tied with premium, extra-long buck tail hair, Mirror Flash for a more reflective and natural-looking presentation and all have extended tails tied onto 80lb monofilament, making the total length of 6 ½ inches.
For more information on these, Steve can be contacted at:
Having known the Stewarts Angling Services (SAS) team for a good number of years, it's a pleasure to include them in our ‘recommended’ tackle suppliers page.
Whilst predominantly serving the retail trade, SAS as UK distributors for SPRO/Gamakatsu have proven invaluable to us in sourcing the more ‘exotic’, and more ‘difficult to find’ hooks here in the UK, whether this is due to pattern or size.
We have also been very impressed with the range of Gamakatsu rods, particularly the ‘Akilas’ range, whch are some of the highest quality and best performing travel lure rods we have come across.
These have now been added to the tackle hire service we can provide for UK anglers joining us in the Amazon.
SAS have an extensive distribution network throughout the UK, featuring many of the mainstream retail angling outlets, but if you get stuck, and want either bulk, or just a few specialist hooks, give Stewart a call on: 01726 822463.
They are located in Cornwall and can be found at:
St Dennis Industrial Estate, Whitegates, St Dennis, Saint Austell PL26 8DW
Have your best catch, past or present hand carved from lime wood.
Working from your pictures they will recreate your fish. All sizes available full scale to miniature.
If you like their carvings please follow them on their Facebook page @Lancaster Carving Limited, or drop them a line to talk through a commission.
Have to add to this, Christian (the sculpter) has just completed a Peacock Bass for me (see photo)- totally blown away by it..
Check him out, say Richard sent you over, and get your favourite / PB or other, replicated as a simply unique piece of art.
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