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Pantanal - MS - Sport Fishing in the Pantanal 7 days/6 nights
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Sport Fishing in the Pantanal 7 days/6 nights

The Pantanal is famous for its amazing size with more than 150,000 square miles (240,000 Km2), the amazing quantity of animals; 650 species of birds, 80 species of mammals and 50 species of reptiles have already been identified. But very little is said about the 230 species of fish, which is actually, the basis of all this wonderful wild life variety food chain. The annual flooding cycle in the Pantanal is the main factor responsible for the huge reproduction of fish in the area. The diversity of aquatic habitats allows the existence of a great number of species, which through the years developed different ways of life and reproduction. The species that are most important for sport fishing can be found in the areas where greater flooding occurs. The most spectacular natural, ecological phenomenon takes place in these flooded regions of the Pantanal; this is called "Piracema", the up river migration for reproduction of different species. The majority of large sport fish are part of this phenomenon.
The sport fishing calendar in the Pantanal starts on March 1st and finishes on October 31st. During this period you have the chance to catch and release some of the following species: Jaú (Paulicea Leutkeni), that can grow up to 200 cm and weigh up to 135 kg; the spotted cat fish (Pseudoplastystoma Corruscans) or the tiger cat fish (Pseudoplastystoma Marmoratus), both reaching nearly 150 cm and weighing something close to 100 Kg; and the Dourado – fresh-water gold fish (Salminus Maxillosus), a fighting fish that is worth the trouble to catch it; and there are also the Pacu (Colossoma Mitrei) and the Piranha (Serrasalmus Spp.) that are considered by many the two most flavored fish in the Pantanal, just to mention a few.
Open Door offers a fully organized fishing trip on the Rio Paraguay, visiting one the best spots for sport fishing on a regional boat with the comfort of a hotel.
There are 02 possible routes:
Up-stream: Paraguai river, Pequri river, Paraguai Mirim river, Vermelho bay, Uberaba bay and São Pedro river.
Down-stream: Paraguai river, Negrinho river, Abobral river, Miranda river, Morro do Conselho river and Coimbra fortress.

FROM MARCH UNTILL OCTOBER / MIN. 4 PERSONS & MAX. 8 PERSONS

Day 1 Corumbá – Paraguay river
Arrival at the airport of Corumbá, where assistance with name board will be waiting for you. Transfer to your hotel boat of choice. Arrival and boarding around 16:00 hrs, as we leave the harbout of Corumbá in requested direction. Rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight onboard. (D)

Day 2/3/4/5/6 Paraguay river
Full days for fishing activities. Smaller motor boats will be at guests disposal to visit little side rivers and bays for fishing. Overnight on board based on full board. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Paraguay river - Corumbá
After breakfast arrival in the harbour of Corumbá. Transfer to the airport of Corumbá in time for your domestic flight out. (B)

Included:
• Overnight onboard in comfortable huts,
• Transfers mentioned in the program
• Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Full time English speaking guide on board;
• 5 fishing days;
• Live baits, fuel, ice, fishing license, etc;

Note: Fishing equipment is not included, but can be rented

Hotel boat "Flôr de Camolote":
Equipped with 2 quadruple cabins, with 2 bunk beds each. Cabins with air conditioning and private bathroom, filtered water system. Restaurant with tipical cuisine from the pantanal and adapted to clients wishes and equipped with bar, air conditioning, satelite TV, video, karaoke, DVD and sound system. Panoramic deck with barbecue grill. 4 aluminium boats (6 feet) , with autboard motor 25 hp, rotatory cushioned chairs, and thermicbox for beverages and an excellent trained crew.

Hotel boat "Cabexy":
Equipped with 4 double cabins, with 2 single beds each. Cabins with air conditioning and private bathroom, filtered water system. Restaurant with tipical cuisine from the pantanal and adapted to clients wishes and equipped with bar, air conditioning, satelite TV, video, karaoke, DVD and sound system. Panoramic deck with barbecue grill.4 aluminium boats (6 feet) , with autboard motor 25 hp, rotatory cushioned chairs, and thermicbox for beverages and an excellent trained crew.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Sport fishing calendar:
The sport fishing calendar in the Pantanal, that starts on March 1st and finishes on October 31st can be divided in four different periods:
• March to May;
• June and July;
• August and September;
• October.

March to May:
The Pantanal starts to decrease its water level during this period. The best option for fishing is the Pacu (Colossoma Mitrei), that is fished by two ways: by "batida", on the border of the river, with fishing rod of bamboo and baits of "tucum" (tropical nut), of genipap (tropical fruit) or of cake (mixture of cassava flour, wheat flour and artificial taste fruit juice); or yet, in deep waters with fishing rod and reel and baits of crab. To fish Pacu (Colossoma Mitrei) requires special fishing hook. In addition, there are other fishing options of leather fishes and scale fishes: Jau (Paulicea Luetkeni), Pintado (Pseudoplatystoma Corruscans), Cachara (Pseudoplatystoma), Dourado (Salminus Maxillosus), Barbado (Pinirampus Pirinampu) and several others. The way used to fish them is the "rodada" with the boat completely free, going down river following the current and baits of tuvira (small black fish) earthworms and white baits (small white fishes). During this period the Dourado (Salminus Maxillosus) is also a very appreciated fishing: using artificial baits or tuviras or white baits, and staying in the coriscos (flooded areas) the Dourado (Salminus Maxillosus) stays awaiting the ebb tide to catch small fishes.
During this period the temperature is very high, varying from 32 to 42 degrees Celsius, and the weather is very dry, without rain; Guests must use sun block.

June and July:
The Paraguay River reaches a very low level and the fishing is in deep waters: Jau (Paulicea Luetkeni), Pintado (Pseudoplatystoma Corruscans), Caxara (Pseudoplatystoma), Dourado (Salminus Maxillosus), Barbado (Pinirampus Pirinampu), etc and the tuvira (small black fish) is the most used and preferred bait. The Pacu (Colossoma Mitrei) is also fished, in deep waters within the bays using fishing rod, reel and baits of crab. During this period the weather is still dry (no rain) and the temperature varies from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. But, some unpredicted and suddenly temperature change may occurs and the temperature may reaches 10 degrees Celsius. Guests are encouraged to have proper coats for this low temperature.

August and September:
The Paraguay River is very low and reaches its minimum level: people says that "the River is within the box", that is, in the river-bed. The fishing is like June and July with just one change: the batida fishing of Pacu (Colossoma Mitrei) with fishing rod of bamboo and baits of "tucum" (tropical nut), of genipap (tropical fruit) or of cake (mixture of cassava flour, wheat flour and artificial taste fruit juice). During this period the temperature starts to increase, varying from 32 and 42 degrees Celsius and the weather is still very dry (no rain).

October:
End of the fishing season, is characterized by fishing all fishes and all ways are used. Still is a very hot weather - temperature varying from 32 to 42 degrees Celsius - but some rain may occurs and the temperature may decrease, mostly during the night, varying from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Guests are encouraged to have a long sleeve knitted cotton shirt. And starts the period of flood in the Pantanal.

Instructions to fishers:
• Fishing Pintado (Pseudoplatystoma Corruscans) / Cachara (Pseudoplatystoma)
Rods: 15 to 30 lbs
Lines: 0.50 to 0.80 mm
• Fishing Pacu (Colossoma Mitrei)
Rods: 15 to 25 lbs
Lines: 0.50 to 0.70 mm
• Fishing Dourado (Salminus Maxillosus)
Artificial bait: artificial fish without spoon (spoon is prohibited)
Rods: 15 to 25 lbs
Lines: 0.50 to 0.80 mm
• Fishing Jau (Paulicea Luetkeni)
Rods: 25 to 50 lbs
Lines: 0.60 to 0.80 mm
• Fishing Piranha (Serrasalmus Scapularis)
Rods: 12 to 25 lbs
Lines: 0.35 to 0.50 mm
Leaden Sinker: small (light weight) for "rodada" fishing, and medium and big (heavy weight) for deep water fishing.

Remark: the fishing rods may be just two, one heavy (to Cachara, Jaú, Dourado and Pintado) and one light to small fishes.

Minimum size for capture:
Barbado (Pinirampus Pirinampu): 60 cm
Cachara (Pseudoplatystoma): 80 cm
Dourado (Salminus Maxillosus): 65 cm
Jau (Paulicea Luetkeni): 90 cm
Pacu (Colossoma Mitrei): 45 cm
Pintado (Pseudoplatystoma Corruscans): 85 cm


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