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12/20/2006

Editor's note: Be sure to get caught up on the Record Hunters blog: Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5 | Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

For Sam Eifling's serialized account of his adventure with the Record Hunters, click here for Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5.

And should you decide you'd like to experience the trip of a lifetime fishing for peacock bass in Brazil, here are some recommendations from the Record Hunters

This week on Record Hunters

Saturday December 23, 2006

8:00 & 11:30 a.m. — Day 11 — As the Record Hunters journey starts to come to the end... Rob catches the biggest fish of the trip.

About Record Hunters

Two anglers. Two weeks. Hundreds of huge peacock bass.

The Unini River in Brazil is a tributary to the greatest river in the world — the Amazon. It's unique and sometimes dangerous waters also spawn some of the biggest peacock bass on record. Rob Fordyce and Joe Rodriguez set out to search the black water for a world record and in the process they learned life lessons about their abilities, their friendship and themselves.

Every day the two old friends placed a wager with the payoff ranging from catching an alligator by hand, to swimming the river with the piranha to serving the winner as houseboy. While they never lost their sense of humor, they sometimes lost their pride.

The two anglers caught over 40 fish heavier than 15 pounds. But they also made a new friend. Their companion for the week was a modern day Tarzan; a man raised in the jungle who could call the jaguar, track the wild pigs, and cook the native fish over an open fire streamside. You'll fall in love with Gonzega, just as we did. He will remind you of another era in our own country, when men survived by instinct and skill.

Meet the Record Hunters

Rob Fordyce

Growing up in South Florida Capt. Rob was able to pursue many outdoor activities year round. These activities included team sports such as baseball and football as well as fishing and hunting.

After attending the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship, he returned home and began guiding on a fulltime basis. Capt. Rob has been guiding fulltime for 17 years and spends 280 to 300 days per year on the water.

His line of expertise is guiding light tackle and fly fisherman to bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, redfish and huge sharks and jewfish. Most of his time is spent in Miami's Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys or deep in the backcountry of the Everglades.

Rob was fortunate to start fishing at a young age which has provided him over 25 years of experience fishing these areas. Rob credits his father with fostering his interest in the outdoors, and still hunts and fishes with him often.

Rob Fordyce has become one of the top light-tackle fishing guides in the country and has held world records for bonefish and pompano. He has also guided clients to 6 world records. His boat is the VooDoo Daddy and although we don't know what voodoo he puts on the fish, we know it works.

Joe Rodriguez

Born and raised in South Florida, Joe has lived and fished in and around the Miami area his whole life. With a total of over 25 years fishing, he has turned his life passion into a successful career.

Best known for his incredible skill in fly fishing, especially for tarpon, Capt. Joe spends over 200 days a year on the water. In addition to professional inshore guiding, he also fishes an average twenty tournaments a year. He fishes primarily bonefish and tarpon tournaments in the spring and fall.

Joe is a first generation American of Cuban descent, who is a licensed and insured United States Coast Guard Captain.

Has held world records in saltwater and has guided clients to records as well.

TV schedule

10/07/2006

Two hard-core anglers travel to Brazil and fish in the Amazon to try and catch record peacock bass. As the anglers make their way through treacherous waters and endure blistering temperatures, they encounter a variety of dangerous native species and realize that catching a 28-pound peacock bass might be more difficult than they expected.


10/14/2006

The Record Hunters brave the elements of the Amazon in search for a record Peacock Bass. Rob and Joe let their competitive nature take over as their friendly wager heats up. Gonzaga jumps in the murky water of the Amazon to retrieve what could be a record Peacock Bass.


10/21/2006

Day 3 — The record hunters continue their pursuit of a record 28 pound Peacock Bass on the Amazon River in Brazil. When their boat gets stuck... Rob, Joe, and Gonzaga trek through the thick treacherous jungle in search for a good place to fish from the bank of the Amazon. Things get down and dirty as the looser of their friendly wager has to wash all of the days' dirty laundry.


10/28/2006

Day 4 — The peacock bass keep getting bigger & bigger as the Record Hunters catch their biggest fish yet. After accidentally hooking Gonzega in the head, Rob demonstrates the best way to extract a hook. Plus Gonzega shows Rob and Joe the area of the jungle where he grew up.


11/04/2006

Day 5 — Joe hooks what could be a record size peacock bass. After the fish tangles itself on a lay down, Gonzega jumps in the water to help retrieve it. Joe and Rob reminisce about their college baseball days.


11/11/2006

Day 6 — The Record Hunters go out by themselves without the help of Gonzega. Rob and Joe rely on their own resources as they venture out on the Unini River and experience the vastness of the Amazon Rain Forest.


11/18/2006

Day 7 — The Record Hunters share stories about their personal lives. Gonzaga shows off his singing ability.


11/25/2006

Day 8 — The Record Hunters change things up a bit. Rob & Joe team up for a friendly wager against Sam Eifling, who is writing a story on the Amazon for the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.


12/02/2006

Two hard-core anglers travel to Brazil and fish in the Amazon to try and catch record peacock bass. As the anglers make their way through treacherous waters and endure blistering temperatures, they encounter a variety of dangerous native species and realize that catching a 28-pound peacock bass might be more difficult than they expected.


12/09/2006

Day 9 —The Record Hunters decide to forget about their friendly wager and just fish. Rob and Joe teach Gonzaga how to speak American "slang".


12/16/2006

Day 10 — With only a few days left in their adventure, the Record Hunters continue their hunt for a record 27 pound peacock bass. Joe reflects back to when he first met Rob. Plus, the looser of the side wager has to do push-ups with Gonzaga on his back.


12/23/2006

Day 11 — As the Record Hunters journey starts to come to the end... Rob catches the biggest fish of the trip.