|neal m brown|
|Joined: 25 Nov 2005|
|Location: hingham ma||
|In reading larry's post about the rise in airfares to Manaus, I began to think about how much the costs for a peacock trip to brazil have increased over the past few years, while other trips like to Alaska have gone down in price, and the reasons and affects of the increases.
It seems that only 3 or 4 years ago, the typical brazil peacock excursion was just under $3,500, and airfare from most anywhere in the u.s. Was around $800' but almost always less than $1,000. Fishing with the same outfitters is now pushing $5,000 and in some cases more, while air fares seem to be in the $1,200-$1,400 range.
During this same period, most other "hot" fishing destinations that i go to,like Alaska or the bahamas have gone dramatically.The outfitters from these other destinations advise me that with the downturn in the economy, they are fighting for a shrinking market.
Add to this that the fishing conditions in the amazon have generally been
Quite difficult and unpredictable in the amazon these past few years, the steep price increases are doubly confounding.
So, i ask myself, why and how this can be. While I am no expert, I am left with only one explanation that seems to make sense: that despite the economic slowdown in general, and it's profound affect on leisure activities, amazon peacock fishing in the amazon has become, a, or maybe the, "holy Grail", and I may add, deservedly so. People whom i've spoken with tell me that while they use to do 2,3, or 4 trips a year, they have had to cut back, but amazon peacock fishing is their last hold out. Other fishermen I've talked to tell me that the downturn in the economy has given them impetus to go sooner rather than later, lest things get so bad that they will never be able to-- the bucket list mentality.
Well whatever the reason, it is plain that interest in peacock bass fishing in the amazon is as strong as ever. Otherwise, prices would be going down.