Capt. Peacock’s Journal: The State Of Amazonas

Written by Gayne Young on May 9, 2016

It seems as though not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me how I stay so young looking being in the sun all day long. The answer to that is “sunscreen.”

Lots and lots of sunscreen.

Of course clean living, lots of cigars, and plenty of Brahma Chop beer also helps.

Another popular inquiry is, “Do you think there’s a Peacock Bass out there that’ll break 30 pounds?”

Yes. I’m sure of it.

Capt Peacock Amazonas Brazil's Amazon

And yet another question I get is, “Just how big is the Amazon?”

Well, that one’s a little more difficult to answer. If you’re asking about how big the area we fish is I’ll put it this way…We operate on the Rio Negro in Brazil’s Amazon, home of the largest Peacock Bass on the planet. This area is just a speck on the map of the state of Amazonas however as Amazonas is pretty darn big. How big? Well, to put in perspective consider that Amazonas is roughly twice the size of Texas.

Yep. It’s that big.

And most of it is unpopulated.

Capt Peacock Amazonas Peacock Bass

Think about it: Texas has roughly 30 million folks living within its borders. Amazonas has less than 4 million and half of those live in the capital city of Manaus. The rest are populated in towns and villages of less than 100 people. But what Amazonas lacks in population it makes up with true splendor. Consider this:

  • Amazonas is 98% rainforest which equates to over half of the planet’s rainforests.
  • More than 13 of all species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Amazonas is home to more than 40,000 plant species, 427 species of mammals, 1,300 of birds, 378 reptiles, and more than 400 amphibians.
  • More than 3,000 species of freshwater fishes are found in its waters.

Yes, Amazonas is a grand place and unlike anything else found on the planet. It truly is an Eden and one you’ll want to visit again and again.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.


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