Photo Journal: Fishing For Peacock Bass In The Amazon

Aerial view of the Amazon River as we fly over the Brazilian jungle toward Manaus.Field & Stream Online Editors
My fishing buddies pose for a candid moment next to an old plane parked just off the tarmac at the Manaus airport.Field & Stream Online Editors
This is the 'mothership' that we stayed on while we spent the week fly fishing for peacocks (and more). It was located more than 50 miles upstream of the Royal Amazon Lodge.Field & Stream Online Editors
Camp manager and fishing guide Charlie Conn leads our boat into an off-channel lagoon.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mike Atwell helps out with the bushwacking.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mike fishing in the clear waters of the Agua Boa.Field & Stream Online Editors
Releasing a 'guapote,' one of the 'other species' of fish you can catch in the Brazilian jungle.Field & Stream Online Editors
A tiger catfish.Field & Stream Online Editors
Pedro, our fishing guide, carefully handled this freshwater ray, a non-target catch.Field & Stream Online Editors
It's not all 'catch and release' here. This tiger catfish was heading for dinner down at the Royal Amazon Lodge.Field & Stream Online Editors
After a long day on the water there's nothing better than an afternoon nap in the hammocks up top on the mothership.Field & Stream Online Editors
Okay, maybe some things are better.Field & Stream Online Editors
Dinner on the mothership.Field & Stream Online Editors
Taking an end of the day leap/bath off the mothership.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mike and a guide hike down to a small fishing boat stashed at one of the nearby lagoons.Field & Stream Online Editors
Fly fishing deep in the AmazonField & Stream Online Editors
Mike lands another nice peacock. Everyone landed at least 50 peacock bass weighing between 10 and 20 pounds during the weekField & Stream Online Editors
How to retrieve a large peacock bass that's wrapped your line around an underwater branch.Field & Stream Online Editors
Getting a bath was just one of the consequences.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mike drags another big peacock out into the channel to release.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mike, Charlie, and guide Pedro ham it up with a 'grand triple'.....three peacock bass all over 15 pounds.Field & Stream Online Editors
This tapir wandered through our camp.Field & Stream Online Editors
Guide Pedro with a baby giant river otterField & Stream Online Editors
Don Banducci with a 'arowana,' another species caught on the river.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mike with a pirahna that didn't manage to bite through the leader.Field & Stream Online Editors
We got stuck an extra day in Manaus waiting for our plane to take us home. Life could be a whole lot worse.Field & Stream Online Editors