For years, Rodrigo Salles and the Rio Marié Lodge team have been exploring Brazil’s river systems in search of the largest peacock bass on Earth, and in early September last year, Rod’s dream became reality. Rodrigo managed to land a 91cm (35.8″) speckled peacock bass while fishing in the midday heat of spring in the Amazon. This fish (shown in the Instagram video below) tied the All-Tackle Length record for the species. Learn more about the catch below!
From the International Game Fish Association:
“On September 4, 2021, Rodrigo Moreira Salles was fly fishing Rio Marie, Brazil, when he landed this 91-centimeter speckled peacock. With this fish, Rodrigo tied the IGFA All-Tackle Length World Record for the species. Rodrigo landed the massive peacock on a streamer after a short fight in the midday heat. Salles had originally applied for the All-Tackle Length Fly record but was using 50-lb class tippet, so his catch was entered into the All-Tackle Length category.”
You can read more about the record in this article from our friends at Fly Fisherman Magazine!