We are glad to share an article Written by Luis Ríos an IGFA Captain / Pro Staff MgX, about his fishing experience in the Heath River Wildife Center
Definitely, freshwater fishing is my favorite, and of all the options that we can find to practice it, for me, fishing in the amazon rainforest is the best, because all the aspects that combine in a fishing trip make it an unforgettable experience. Beginning with the obvious, spectacular landscapes full of wildlife, such as monkeys, tapirs, sloths, and a unique bird diversity, difficult to observe in any other destination, which makes the trips a unique experience itself, and still we have not caught a fish.
In the Heath River
Fishing in the amazon rainforest offers a variety of challenges, and I believe that the most striking of them is the uncertainty that fills us when the first strikes happens, because it is difficult to know exactly what prey is on the other side, in that moment, when the technique is essential. It is at the time, when our reels and lines start running, that same moment that fills us with adrenaline and emotion and is the reason we fish, when the uncertainty of what is on the other side of our line fill us with great expectation, to know what we are facing or the magnitude of the prey, a moment in which we can only imagine and in the when we are on the Amazon rainforest, represents without a doubt, an opportunity to face a world record, or in the worst case a Prey that undoubtedly qualifies as a trophy, with enough strength and aggressiveness to break any line.
But in the Amazon rainforest, a battle should not be measured only on terms of the magnitude and aggressiveness of the prey, but also in the conditions of the environment in which it develops. An afternoon of rain in the amazon rainforest, or worse under a scorching sun, with overwhelming heat and surrounded by mosquitoes trying to make us lose our concentration, just when we need it most, make the fishing days in the Amazon rainfores a real test of concentration, patience and strength, capable of leaving us in extreme exhaustion. It is the ultimate test of qualities for a sport fisherman. Is in this conditions, that we completely understand the expression “"It’s a Jungle out there". And of course, a victory in a more aggressive environment, is certainly much more satisfactory. For us, the sport fishermen, the Amazon jungle is a border that we must undoubtedly face.
South American Silver Croaker
The Heath River Wildife Center, is located on the border of #Peru and Bolivia, offers an interesting destination for sport fishermen, because in its waters it is possible to find interesting and good-sized species for sport fishermen. This water system offers different habitats for sport fishing, and a variety of species such as the Payara (Hydrolycus scomberoides), Peacock Bass (Cichla monoculus), South American Silver Croaker (Plagioscion squamosissimus), Pacu (Piaractus brachypomus), Sábalo (Brycon amazonicus) and different species of catfish such as "Zungaro" (Zungaro zungaro), which can reach more than 100 lbs or the "Doncella" (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum), and in some of its lakes, it is possible to find the "Paiche "or" Pirarucú "(Arapaima gigas), without any doubt the biggest and strongest fish in all the Amazon.
The best part of going fishing in the Heath River is that there we find the "Heath River Wildife Center" lodge of Inkanatura, which serves as a perfect base for fishing trips looking for different species, in the different natural environments the Heath River perfection, excellent environments to rest and a privileged view, is without a doubt an excellent choice for fishing holidays.
Imagine finishing a great day of fishing, in which you faced a 19-pound Sabalo or a 26-pound Doncella under an incandescent sun, in a comfortable armchair, with a cold beer in hand and remembering every second of such a magnificent experience, and knowing that a comfortable bed awaits for a well-deserved rest, and that the next day another magnificent fishing session awaits. Well worth it.
Photo by Luis Ríos