Words and Photos by Scott Myers of Bayou Chronicles
Brazil is a special place for me; almost a second home and culture since meeting my wife, a native of Rio de Janeiro, in 2003. Over the years, we've gone back many times, mostly visiting Rio De Janeiro and her family there. We also enjoyed venturing further out to places like Salvador, Olinda, Recife, Ouro Preto and the Northeast region.
Despite all those visits I had never managed to organize a fishing trip, especially a kayak fishing trip. This time would be different. In 2016, Hobie brought their Hobie Worlds kayak fishing championship to Leeville, Louisiana, not far from my home in New Orleans. Hobie reached out to Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club, our local fishing club. They asked for local anglers that would be willing to spend a couple pre-fishing days with anglers from around the world. Lending our local knowledge of the fishery and techniques.
A Connection for Brazilian Fishing Built
I volunteered to help show the Brazilian guys around and translate for those that didn't speak English. I also gave them some pointers on fishing in Louisiana. It was a fantastic experience. Through the friendships I made, I now had opportunities to fish the next time I made it to Brazil.
It would not be until winter 2017 that we had another chance to go back to Brazil, this time with our 9-month old son. Because of my wife's work schedule, we are limited to visiting during Christmas holidays. A time of year that is traditionally a vacation period for most Brazilians. I was worried about whether I'd have a chance to fish or not.
Fishing Opportunity Seized
Finding a high-end fishing kayak to rent or use can be a bit of a challenge in Brazil. My contacts there absolutely went above and beyond in their efforts to help me out. A couple of opportunities just didn't work out because of the crazy holiday schedule, but eventually, my friend Rafael Renzetti and I made a plan.
He had an extra kayak available, and a trip planned. All I had to do was jump on the overnight bus from Rio de Janeiro, fish with him for the day in São Jose dos Campos (near São Paulo), and jump on an overnight bus back.
A whirlwind trip, but I absolutely had to be back in time for Christmas! We had a great trip, the camaraderie was second to none, and the Brazilian guys were extremely warm and welcoming, as is their nature in all things. I was able to snag a couple of tucunaré (peacock bass) on topwater lures. An absolute blast.
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