Surinam group Jan 2023

Surinam group Jan 2023


For our location in Surinam we have now scheduled a group trip to the Wonotobo Falls. Fishing for lau lau (piraiba), redtail, piranha, wolf fish (anjoemara), peacock bass, etc and staying in a relaxed lodge.


  • Sunday January 22, 2023 arrival in Paramaribo and transfer to Nickerie by bus and overnight stay in River Breeze hotel in double rooms with breakfast
  • Monday January 23 transfer by boat to wonotobo lodge
  • 24 to 29 January 6 days fishing with 2 persons per monarch / boat + guide
  • 30 January to Nickerie + overnight stay in River Breeze hotel or in Paramaribo in double rooms with breakfast
  • 31 January transfer to airport and return flight


Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner water, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Fishing is done with your own equipment. Minimum 7 and maximum 9 clients with 1 guide from note that the Surinam government intends to levy VAT in the near future. Should that be the case, we will report it as soon as possible).


The price for this is 2195,- euro excluding flight, additional costs: beer, spirits and tips.


Watch the movie of our pilot trip on the Coppename river here:

In terms of fishing this is quite similar except that during this group trip you fish on the Corantijn river, stay in a lodge and more different types of fish are caught.


The capital of Surinam is Paramaribo and it is a former colony of the Netherlands. This lasted until 1975 and since then it is an independent republic. Located in the north eastern part of South America, Surinam is the gateway to the Amazon region. This means there is a wide variety of flora and fauna. The majority of Surinam, about 90 percent, is covered with jungle. This forest is part of the largest tropical rainforest on earth, the Amazon rainforest, most of which is situated on Brazilian territory.


A large number of species of birds, reptiles and mammals inhabit these forests, as well as the coastal strip. It is therefore a feast for the eyes to stay here and encounter several of these species during your fishing trip. Some examples are the various monkeys, manatee, caimans, and large numbers of birds. But not only above the waterline there is an abundant fauna. Also in the water there is a range of species: piraiba (also called Lau-Lau), tarpon, anjoemara (wolf fish), tiger catfish, electric eel, peacock bass, red tail, piranha, koebi etc. You will not be bored here.


You will stay at the lodge near Wonotobo Falls. That's your base camp for the entire duration of your stay. The fishing camp is simple and has field beds with mosquito nets. At this lodge there is no running water and the bucket is your shower! In other words: it is a real adventure in every way.


In the camp you will find a generator which is turned on in the evening to generate electricity but since your phone has no signal in the fish camp near the waterfalls and beyond it is only necessary for the photo camera.


You have an early breakfast and then fish until noon. Then you come back for lunch and a moment to relax and after that you will go fishing for an afternoon / evening session. In consultation with the guide you plan the fishing for the desired session. The guide will then take you to the best location for this.


Fishing takes place from 4.5 metre long Monarch flatboats. The boats are equipped with 15 HP engines and are driven by the guide. These boats are perfect for local fishing because they are quick and easy to manoeuvre and offer enough space for 2 fishermen per boat plus 1 guide.


For fishing it is necessary that you bring your own equipment. For the lau lau it concerns very sturdy catfish rods, popper rods or 30 lbs boat rods. The lau lau can reach 100 kilos here so you need a rod with a serious backbone. The casting weight is from 150 to 300 grams. It is recommended to fish with big baitrunner reels or a multiplier reel with a lever drag. The braided line we use has a breaking strength of 50 kilos. If you get a bite, you have a good chance that the fish will swim towards the underwater branches and trees. Then a strong main line is very important. At the Wonotobo Falls, we use an extra 20 to 25 metres of nylon to avoid any scratching against under water rocks.


You fish with a maximum of 2 rods at the same time because the current of the river makes it useless to fish with more rods at the same time because the lines always end up together behind the boat. In addition to the targeted fishing for the large species and the very heavy rods, it is wise to take a sturdy bass rod with a 5000 reel and dyneema of 20 kilos breaking power. And a spinning rod around 30 - 70 grams and a baitcaster for the smaller species. The bite of the big fish as lau lau and tarpon are often during the tidal changes. In the other periods you can take the aluminium boat out on small side branches of the river to look for the other and slightly smaller predators.



The leaders are simple to setup: on the main line you place a zip slider with, depending on the current, 100 to 300 grams of lead. On the main line you mount a bead to protect the knot and then a swivel of at least 100 kilos breaking force. On top of that the kevlar or coated steel bottom line of 60 to 90 cm and the hoist to offer the baitfish. It might come in handy to bring a bite detector. That will make your life a lot easier. As bait we use local smaller fish or heads of them. These are all caught locally.


In addition to static fishing for the large species during the current period of the tidal changes, in the quiet period you can go out with the 15 foot aluminium fishing boat with 15 HP engine that is present at each fishing camp. This boat is used in case of a bite of a large species in order to be able to sail behind it and drill the fish well. But in quiet times they are perfect for fishing for 'smaller' species. Use a medium spinning rod of 30 to 70 grams and different types of lures. Think of poppers, crankbaits, blinkers, shads, jerks and so on. Or use a single hook with a piece of fish on it as that is also very effective. Species such as piranha, catfish, peacock, electric eel, red tail etc give this set a serious fight and a fantastic sport.


You fly from your local airport to Paramaribo. We will help you to arrange these tickets. You have to arrive latest at 16.00 hours the first day. As soon as we reached the minimum level of participants, we book these tickets immediately. After arriving in Paramaribo we travel directly to Nickerie where we stay for the first stop at the River Breeze hotel in double rooms.


Dinner is at your own expense but breakfast is included. The journey to the hotel takes about 3.5 hours. The next morning we leave for a whole day on the river in large local long boats. Normally this trip takes 10 hours but depending on the water level it may be necessary to take a detour and the trip than includes an extra night in the jungle. This is exceptional but can happen on an adventurous trip like this. In the evening you will arrive at the lodge at the Wonotobo Falls and you will be assigned your room. After that you will fish for 6 days and the trip back will be the same but in reverse order.


The costs are 2195 euro per person excluding flight.


Included in this trip:

  • explanation and introduction
  • airport transfers
  • hotel stay based on double room and breakfast on first and last night
  • domestic trip by boat to waterfalls and back
  • stay 7 nights in accommodation based on full board
  • shared room with mosquito net, bed linen and towel included
  • 6 days fishing with 2 persons per boat and guide


Additional costs:

  • Return ticket to Paramaribo (between 500 to 1200,- euro pp depending on country of residence)
  • Personal expenses, drinks and meals
  • Additional (alcoholic) beverages outside package
  • Tips for the crew
  • Contribution of € 7,50 for the GGTO travel warranty + € 25 booking fee


For more information or to sign up, please send an e-mail to [email protected]

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