Pantanal-Tips of Seasons and Fishing Equipment

March to May

The Pantanal begins your ebb in March and runs through May. In this period the best fishing option is the Pacu, which can be caught in two ways: “beat”, on the banks of the River, with bamboo rod and bait of coconuts (tucum fruit), jenipapo or muffin, mixture of cassava flour, wheat flour and ksuco fruit flavor; or, with rod and reel in deep wells with crab bait. Please be aware that for this fishing is necessary a hook for the Pacu. There is also the option of fishing for bottom fish and scales: the Jaú, Pintado, Cachara (Surubim), the gold, the Bearded and several other types of fish. It’s called round fishing (the boat gets loose, descend the rapids of the canals) and as bait, are used tuviras, mussum and white lures. In this period is greatly appreciated: Golden fishing with artificial lures and tuviras, and white lures or, if carried, where the Gold is, on mouth of tide, waiting for smaller fish (astyanax, sauá, sardines, etc.) that come out of the Bush and find the tide are attacked by Golden.

At this time the temperature is very high, ranging from 32 to 42 degrees Celsius, the climate is extremely dry, without rains, and we recommend the use of sunscreen. From late April to may there is the phenomenon of “dequada” (ashes and residues of the Paraguay River brought the Champs of the Pantanal and swept by rain water).

June and July

The Paraguay River is with lower level and these two months are characterized by the fishery: the Jaú, Painted, Caxara (Surubim), the gold, the bearded, etc, and the tuvira is the most used and preferred bait. Also fishing Pacu, in bottom of bays, with backwaters, the bait is the crab and the material used is the rod, the reel and the hook itself to the Pacu. During this period the temperature is cooler, ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius, and dry weather without rains. However, unpredicted can occur, making the temperature dropped to 10 degrees Celsius. We recommend the use of a sweatshirt and have to hand a sweater enough to house up to 8 degrees Celsius in temperature.

August and September

In these months the Paraguay River is very low and reaches your minimum quota: Pantanal says, “the river is in the box”, that is, is in your normal bed. Fishing is still equal to the June and July period above, with only one change: includes Pacu, fishing with bamboo rod and bait of cookie, which is a mixture of cassava flour, all-purpose flour, and ksuco of fruit flavor. At this time the temperature goes back up, varying from 32 to 42 degrees Celsius, and the days are extremely dry (no rain).


According to, end of the fishing season, is characterised by fishing of all kinds of fish and their respective forms of fishing. It’s still a warm period-temperatures ranging from 32 to 42 degrees Celsius-but any rain may occur that makes the temperature, especially at night, vary between 20:30 degrees Celsius. With the rains, the Paraguay River begins to rise slowly and starts the full period of the Pantanal.

Featured Equipment

Sticks: 15 to 30 lbs-0.50 or 0.60 mm Lines:
Hooks: 6/0, 7/0, 8/0 encastoados with steel wire

Sticks: 15 to 25 lbs-lines: 0.50 mm
Hooks: short Rod 3/0, 4/0, 5/0 already encastoado with steel wire of 5 to 10 cm

Artificial lures (spoon is prohibited)
Sticks: 15 to 25 lbs-0.50 or 0.60 mm Lines:
Hooks: 6/0, 7/0, 8/0 encastoados with steel wire of 15, 20 or 25 cm

Sticks: 50 lbs or more-0.70 or 0.80 mm:
Hooks: 6/0, 7/0, 8/0 encastoados

Sticks: 12 to 25 lbs-0.35 to 0.50 mm threads:
Hooks: 1/0 to 4/0 encastoados with steel wire
Small sinkers: fishing (light) of rounds, medium and large (heavy) for bottom fishing.

SPECIAL TIP: the fishing rods may be only two, a heavy equipment (to Cachara, Jaú, Dourado and Pintado) and a leads to smaller fish.

Never Forget

Continuous medication for those who can’t leave your side treatment
Painkillers, pain killer, Eno fruit salt or-Bismol or food poisoning, insect repellent and sunscreen
Lightweight woven shirts, long sleeve
Warm clothes for the periods subject to cold fronts (May to August)
Hats or caps with neck protectors
Polarized glasses and raincoat
Camcorder, camera, chargers and batteries

Vital: Good Humor

Bring about nail 01, rusted and crooked, to carry in your Pocket (say amazing the cold foot and gives very lucky!)
Let the problems away from the boat
Don’t talk shop during the fishing
Open the box at least 01 fishing time during the fishing trip and then not to have surprises when I get back home (this is good!)
Remember ALWAYS: better a bad day of fishing, that many days of good work (this is even better!)