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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story – Days 9 and 10

On day 8 I took the last of my aspirin with breakfast to try to reduce my puffy hands, elbows and feet.  Mark was also out of aspirin.  We weren’t concerned, though, because we’d be in Manaus in a few hours and could get some more. If only that had turned out to be true. We loaded our luggage into …

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story – Day 5

I woke to find my left arm and left hand were both puffy, and my elbow bruised all around my boo-boo.  I figured if the puffiness continued up my body my head would explode in two days.  Hm.  At breakfast, Bibi shared the story of a fisherman who showed up one morning unable to wrap his hands around a coffee mug with one puffy hand and had …

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story – Day 4

On the morning of Day 4 I noticed that my left hand was just a little puffed up, my elbow a little stiff, my ears sunburned.  I took heart in the fact I wasn’t creaking and popped two aspirins with breakfast, which included eggs, ham, cheese and green peppers on a sesame seed bread.  Quite tasty.  We’re off …

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Peacock Bass Fishing on the Amazon River – the Real Story Day 2

Day 2 began with a 2 a.m. wake-up call in Portuguese which I responded to with something sort of like “Obrigado”  which is Portuguese for thank you.  We dressed in our fishing garb–lightweight shirts and zip-off pants pre-treated with insect repellent–and walked the quarter mile to the motel restaurant.  There we were confronted with about six tables covered with food, including one …

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