Fresh Fishing Report from the Rio Negro and the Hackbarth group.
La Querencia is a Spanish word not easily translated into English but meaning roughly, the power of place or longing to a place; the desired place or wanting place of where the heart is. It comes from the verb queerer, which means to desire, to want. To one who visits the white flour sandbars; tea colored waters and fishes for the ferocious Peacock Bass and other exotics, the urge will become overwhelming to return to that “wanting place,” the Brazilian Rain Forest of South America and the Rio Negro River and its tributaries.
As host, leader and destination guide I really enjoy “mixed groups” – those who have visited previously and those we fondly call “newbies.” I love to hear the stories of adventures past and the follow up expressions and comments of adventurers present. One of the best -“I’m really liking your stories, David, but I’m ready for a story of my own! Can we get started now?”
I enjoy the humor of the trash talking and then the retelling of the experiences of the day. But mostly, and certainly with this group, I enjoy the commerradiery and the new friendships birthed in the midst of an eight day Amazon River Adventure.
Our numbers for the week were low by most standards with 433 total Peacocks landed for our group of ten. However, a few of us managed to extract a few trophies. Congratulations to Dale with a 20# Peacock on the first day and a 24# Monster Tucunare Acu near the end of the trip!
Maybe ask Donald – he has fished for years all over Venezuela, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. And still continues to return.
Or Gary – he started fishing the Northern Brazilian Basin in the mid 90’s during the infancy of Americans infiltrating the black waters for the giant Peacocks.
Maybe Glenn, his first trip with me to the jungle was in 2010, and he has made several more since.
And myself? Well . . .
What draws the horses to a specific shaded area each day?
Or the traveler to the same plaza or park, trip after trip?
The hidden “wanting places” that reside deep down in the soul of man. Do you recognize them?