Peacock Bass Fishing - Yanna

About Yanna
Welcome aboard the Yanna, a 100-foot long, three-tiered luxury yacht that has catered to visiting peacock bass anglers from throughout the globe for the past three Amazon fishing seasons. The Yanna offers the perfect option for those that desire to have daily mobility in their pursuit of trophy peacock bass in Brazil, yet have the comforts of a deluxe lodge. Rather than operate out of a fixed based camp, the Yanna and its experienced guides spend five* fishing days probing the Rio Negro, Rio Madeira and their tributaries with you in search of the most productive fishing locations. With some of Brazil's most experienced guides to show you the prime fishing waters, American made Tracker bass boats to whisk you to these locations, delightful meals and a professional staff, consider the Yanna for your next Amazon angling adventure.

Yanna Package:
8 total days / 7 nights / 6 1/2* days of fishing

Yanna Package Price for 2003 Season:
$3,495 per angler, plus airfare to Manaus, Brazil.

Yanna Required Deposit:
The Yanna requires a $1,000 deposit, per angler, due within 10 days of booking your fishing adventure. Final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival date. A reservation is only confirmed when deposits are received.

Yanna Fishing Package Includes:
· 6 ½ l days of fishing
·Charter fights (if necessary)
·Fishing licenses
·Lodging aboard the Yanna (double occupancy)
·Lodging at a Manaus hotel the final night in Brazil
·All meals & beverages
·Guided fishing (2 anglers per boat)
·Airport assistance and transfers.
·Open bar (national liquors)

*In some instances, anglers will fly from Manaus to the Yanna. This will afford what should amount to an additional half day of fishing. Water, weather and fishing conditions will dictate if the group travels by water or air however.

Not Included in the Yanna Package:
Airfare to Manaus, Brazil; gratuities to lodge staff and hotel porters; meals the meal the final evening in Manaus; international departure tax.

Yanna Travel Logistics:
Anglers must first fly to Miami from their home city. Following an overnight flight from Miami to Manaus, Brazil, you will be met by our representatives and then take a charter flight directly to the Yanna, or board the yacht for some shut-eye, orientation and tackle preparation as the boat travels to the fishing destination. Our office will stay in close touch with you, answering any questions you might have until the day you leave. You will be escorted from the moment you land in Manaus until the moment you are put back on the plane to return to the states.

Yanna fishing Season:
October through March, timed to coincide with the dry season both north and south of the equator. The Brazilian Amazon offers two distinct fishing seasons, coinciding with the dry seasons north and south of the equator. On the Rio Negro and its tributares north of Manaus, prime time is between December and April. From August through November, the Yanna heads south to the Rio Madeira and its tributaries. Despite our best efforts to schedule anglers during optimal fishing conditions, unexpected "dry season" rains can play havoc with the fishery.

Capacity of the Yanna:
16 anglers

Available Openings on the Yanna:
As the booking calendar changes on almost a daily basis, please contact our office for current availability on your specific travel dates.

Predominant Language Spoken on the Yanna:
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. Some of the guides can converse in Spanish and know a few basic English words, especially as they pertain to fishing. It is wise to learn a few Spanish phrases before undertaking a trip of this nature. Anglers booking this trip will be sent a Field Guide, which will contain a basic English-Spanish translator. An English-speaking host will always be on board the Yanna.

Accommodations aboard the Yanna:
The Yanna offers eight air-conditioned bedrooms, each with private shower and bathroom. These rooms are small, however with the limited time you will be actually spend in these rooms, this does not pose a problem. The rooms are immaculately clean and are as roomy as any house boat fishing operation in the Amazon. The second deck houses the dining and bar areas, where you will enjoy excellent meals. The top deck is an observatory for unwinding after a long day on the water. Two anglers share a room.

The meals aboard the Yanna:
The cook prepares a variety of dishes, ranging from fish to steak and pasta. Fresh baked breads are available daily. Breakfasts consists of eggs, pancakes and cereal, in addition to an assortment of fresh fruits and juices. Box lunches are served on the water so as to not cut into valuable fishing time. Dinner offers a sampling of local Brazilian dishes, interspersed with more traditional American meals. Wine is served with dinner. The Yanna offers an open bar with local beverages.

Fishing aboard the Amazon Yanna:
Keep in mind that, for the most part, this is a trophy fishery and visiting anglers usually come prepared with heavy tackle and large lures and flies to battle the trophy peacocks. Anglers are paired two to a boat with an experienced Brazilian guide. You will fish from American made bass boats. The boats have fuel-efficient, quite four-stroke outboards, trolling motors, swivel seats and coolers. Most of the fishing will take place in lagoons and backwater bays off the Rio Negro and Rio Madeira, but main river structures can also yield trophy-class fish. One of the most exciting aspects of fishing for peacock bass is their propensity for attacking surface lures. Peacock bass fishing is very similar to largemouth bass fishing in the states. Both species ambush prey from cover and structure. Cast topwater plugs, jerkbaits, flies or jigs to stumps, shoreline blowdowns, rockpiles, lagoons, creek mouths and sandbars.

If you desire to fly fish, the most successful flies are larger profiled patterns - all tied on 3-0 and 4-0 quality saltwater hooks - such as Dahlberg-style divers, large profiles baitfish patterns, High-Tie, Clouser minnows or variations of Lefty's Deceivers. These should be tied in a diversity of colors. You will be sent a detailed packing list, as well as an updated version of our "A Field Guide to the Peacock Bass" text.

Activities for the non-angler aboard the Yanna:
Although this operation is geared first, and foremost, to the peacock bass angler, the vast Amazon watershed offers a variety of unique ecotour options for the non-angling guest. Non-angling guests can pair up with Yanna guide, in many cases an English speaking guide, and be taken to local Indian villages, as well as view the many types of plants, birds and animals unique to the Amazon.

Weather conditions in the Amazon aboard the Yanna:
Temperatures typically range from 75 at night to as much as 95 degrees during the day. Anglers should be prepared to fish under the equatorial sun and consider long sleeve shirts and pants made of a tropical weight material. Wide brim hats are also beneficial. The use of sunscreen and lip balm is an absolute necessity. Although we fish during the dry season, downpours do occur, so don't forget to pack a lightweight rainsuit.

Packing for the Yanna:
Upon receipt of deposits, you will receive packing lists, trip cancellation insurance application and a 35-page Field Guide that will help you with every aspect of this trip. Refer to for more details about peacock bass fishing.

Trip Cancellation and Travel Insurance Recommendation:
A fishing expedition will certainly offer you an exciting and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, however, one undertaking such an angling adventure must face the possibility that you or your fishing companion might be forced to cancel your trip at the last moment due to illness, injury or other emergency or sustain an unfortunate injury and require medical services or worse, medical evacuation during your trip. Trip cancellation and travel insurance can help protect you and your travel companions from these unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances. We will send you the application forms from Travelex, a major, reliable insurer of traveling anglers. Typically, the cost of an extensive program is less than $65 per $1,000 of coverage. It is wise to always consult with your personal health insurance provider before undertaking any type of travel to determine what is covered in the event of injury or illness during your travels.

Yanna Lodge Travel Itinerary:
Wednesday Fly from your home city to Miami, connecting with LAB Airlines overnight flight to Manaus, Brazil.
Thursday : Early A.M. arrival in Manaus; You will then board the Yanna and travel all day to the fishing grounds or board a
charter flight.
Friday -Wednesday Full days of fishing.
Thursday: Charter back to Manaus .
Friday Very early international flight to Miami. Connection to your home city.

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