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Peacocks and Payara!

Curichapo Lodge, home base to Shoulder’s Headwaters Fishing Club (HFC), is located on a 14,500 acre privately owned peninsula in southeastern Venezuela with the 3,000,000-acre Lake Guri to the north and La Paragua River to the south. The HFC fishing area includes over 200,000 acres of peacock bass and payara infested water. The average water depth in the HFC area is a fishable 20 feet.

Headwaters Fishing Club boasts some of the finest year round peacock bass fishing in South America. Their topwater strikes are explosions you can only imagine until you have experienced them, but the best part is that the peacocks will strike almost any bait in your box with impartiality. The area produces many fish in the super size category, but fishermen who have hooked and done battle with these monsters will attest that even peacocks in the 10-15 lb category have incredible fighting and tackle busting ability. The unofficial Lake Guri record is a 23lb 4oz caught by Raymond Thompson in November 2000 at HFC. The camp has had nine trophy fish larger than 20lbs caught in its waters. However, the peacock bass in Lake Guri average three inches shorter than their jungle river cousins but their strength and power never cease to amaze.

During the months of May June and July, HFC payara season is in full swing. Known by their nickname of “Dracula Fish” these slashers of the Amazon, which grow to sizes in excess of 40lbs, are an exciting addition to the already great fishing you will experience. Similar in fight to a tarpon, these fish congregate yearly in the rapids formed by the first heavy storms of rainy season. Their strike is awesome, and their leaping ability world class. The world record 39lb payara comes from the same river in which we fish, the La Paragua.

Opened for business in 1994, American owned and operated, HFC is legendary in Venezuela for its great fishing and outstanding food. HFC has a maximum camp occupancy of eight persons, which allows personalized service to each and every angler.

Accommodations at Curichapo Lodge are private thatched roofed two-three person bungalows with air conditioning, private bathrooms with hot/cold running water. Twin 50 kw generators provide a steady 110 volt power supply for charging camera batteries etc.

Anglers fish in specially customized 20ft x 8ft aluminum boats. These boats are designed to give a comfortable and dry ride in rough weather conditions, while allowing you to fish even the shallowest water. All boats have raised, carpeted fishing platforms front and rear, large dry storage, 30 gal. livewell, safety equipment, 60hp Yamaha engines, Minn-Kota 52lb thrust trolling motors, a marine band VHF radio and an experienced guide to assist you in your search for your dream fish.

So it is now time to start booking and check out this destination - definitely one for your bucket list! Join Alan Zaremba, June 19-26, for a trip this season. The cost for four days fishing is $2095 per person, for 5 days fishing $2495, plus roundtrip airfare to Puerto Ordaz. (Itineraries can be customized.)

Call FishQuest for additional open dates and more details: 1-888-891-3474 or e-mail Judith at
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