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Brazil's big, blackwater bass

Huge peacock bass are the prize, if you can get them in the boat.

Updated: December 8, 2006, 2:58 PM ET
By Ken Schultz | ESPNOutdoors.com Fishing editor

AUTAZES, Brazil — The radio on our bass boat crackled with the fast-talking Portuguese words of one of the Amazon Santana's guides. It sounded urgent, but these conversations always sound that way to me.

My guide, Wilson, answered and then went to the front of the boat to stow the electric motor.

"Beeg fish," he said, gesturing that we were going to run upriver.

A few hundred yards away, around a bend and by a thicket of flooded trees, Ron Sherwood of Arkansas and his guide, ...

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