I’ve just returned from a 14 day Sport fishing trip up the famous Curaray River.
Curaray river is shared by Peru and Equador being a main tributary of the Napo river which eventually ends roughly two hundred miles downstream in the Amazon River.
My guests were most interested in catching the legendary piraiba or shark fin catfish ((Brachyplathystoma filamentosum) can reach up to and over 400lbs)
We set off in our wooden expedition boat from the town of Santa Clotilde located on the Napo River. From there we navigated day and night for three days close to the border of Peru and Equador .
After the second day of navigating the water quickly rose three and a half feet making catfish much harder to catch so we decided to split our fishing time between peacock bass in the morning and catfish in the afternoon into the late night. The peacock bass fishing was phenomenal in the sense that every cast was a bite with multiple other fish following the one who was hooked so we were being dazzled every moment of the lake fishing.
The largest caught was by Byron weighing 8.8 pounds and 22.5 inches
Our final catch a total of 150 pounds of peacock bass!
A view of some of the oxbow lakes we fished in just off the Curaray river
We desperately fished the big river at night for the piraiba catfish but all we could catch were giant stingrays so our time was running out and we had to give up until next year. Luckily we managed to find those lakes that were just out of the influence of the rising water.
If you are interested in chartering an expedition for fishing or wildlife watching, don’t hesitate to contact Otorongo Expeditions