Anyone here ever caught a Peacock Bass?
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re: Anyone here ever caught a Peacock Bass?
Posted by DeboseKnows on 3/2 at 11:36 pm to UFownstSECsince1950
Try using a rattle trap if you have one.. Or a tiny rapala.. Get 'em!


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Posted by UFownstSECsince1950 on 3/2 at 11:49 pm to DeboseKnows
I definitely have a couple rattletraps

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Or a tiny rapala
why a "tiny rapala"? I know absolutely nothing about them, so any info (Even the most basic stuff) is greatly appreciated



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Posted by Citizen Kane on 3/3 at 1:00 am to UFownstSECsince1950
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Posted by Citizen Kane on 3/3 at 1:00 am to eyepooted
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Posted by Citizen Kane on 3/3 at 1:09 am to eyepooted
You Gould definitely go to the amazon. I was in Iquitos, Peru last year which is the largest city in the world not accessible by road. I got a guide and went out into the jungle for two weeks. We fished out of a canoe and caught damn near everything. We mostly caught red belly and white piranha but ever now and then we get a catfish. In the evening we would go for the peacocks. My guide told me to use minnows. Great fish to eat. We didn't catch an arapaima mainly because its extremely difficult so went and picked one up from a local farm for a BBQ that night. We also went caiman hunting, monkey hunting, and caught a couple of smoky jungle frogs. They were about the same size as an American bull frog but much tastier IMO. If you go, definitely go to Peru because you will catch more. The water in brazil has more pollutants pesticides etc. Iquitos also has a lot of pink and grey river dolphins if you are into that.


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Posted by jimbeaux82 on 3/3 at 6:29 am to Citizen Kane
Lived in Brazil for 4 years, fished them twice on the Amazon then several other lakes in Brazil. Will hit topwater, rattletraps, jerk baits, spinnerbaits, bucktail jigs, crankbaits and flukes. Fish them just like you do bass. For the smaller Peacocks like in South Florida, throw regular bass sized baits. Do not throw the giant topwater plugs like you see on TV as they are fishing for much larger fish.


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Posted by LSUnGA on 3/3 at 8:14 am to jimbeaux82
Have fished them in Lake Gatun Panama. Went down for a 8 day fishing and camping trip. Had a blast. We fished them pretty much like regular bass but a lot of the time we used live minnows, that seemed to work the best. Probably caught 50 to 60 a day but most run a only a couple of lbs but a lot of fun to fish.

Drinking and fishing from sun up to sun down for 7 days is pretty much as good as it gets.



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Posted by SenseiBuddy on 3/3 at 7:00 pm to UFownstSECsince1950
Bucket list fish.


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Posted by TheGreat318 on 3/3 at 7:11 pm to UFownstSECsince1950
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Will hit anything. They seem like the perfect fish.


Not at all my experience. Went to the Amazon last year and I describe it more like deer hunting...not for fish, but for good water (like fishing for speckled trout in chocolate milk). We had to hike back to oxbows (we werent there in the rainy season) to find good water. Took a fortune's worth of big topwaters and only caught ONE on topwater. That took me a while to get over. After two days, we saw some local Indians with a boat full of peacocks. They were using cut bait on bamboo poles...bream fishing on LSU lakes style. Swallowed my pride and caught as many as we wanted, but couldnt get them to swing at a topwater, buzz bait, plug, or anything! Although tipping a jig with cut bait did work well too.



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Posted by DeboseKnows on 3/3 at 7:42 pm to UFownstSECsince1950
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why a "tiny rapala"? I know absolutely nothing about them, so any info (Even the most basic stuff) is greatly appreciated


Something like this one Rapala

It could be any floating jerk lure like that I just call that style rapala for some reason.. Thats what my granddaddy called them...
Thats what I've caught 'em on and seen them caught on. Just throw it out, Jerk.. jerk.. pause.. jerk jerk pause.



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Posted by wiltznucs on 3/3 at 7:42 pm to UFownstSECsince1950
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get well over 12lbs down here and fight like hell


The FL state record is just 9 lbs and those I've caught have averaged more like 2-3 lbs tops. I caught them in the Lauderdale canals using top water Mirrolures..



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Posted by KingRanch on 3/3 at 7:43 pm to wiltznucs
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2-3


Would mount



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Posted by JAB528 on 3/3 at 7:43 pm to KingRanch
I caught 6 lber


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Posted by wiltznucs on 3/3 at 7:46 pm to JAB528
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I caught 6 lber


Thats very good for FL, they say the freeze in the winter of 07' or 08' really wrecked the populations in some areas. The few times I fished them it was hit or miss...



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Posted by KingRanch on 3/3 at 7:47 pm to JAB528
Would've been on the wall


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Posted by Tchefuncte Tiger on 3/3 at 7:47 pm to rockford177

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Where do they have peacock bass in the US


Florida.

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Florida introduction

In 1984, after 10 years of study, Florida officials deliberately introduced butterfly peacock bass and speckled peacock bass to the southern region of that state[3] to prey on other non-native species, including the oscar Astronotus ocellatus), Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus), and the spotted tilapia (Tilapia mariae). Their introduction also provided additional sport fishing opportunities for anglers. While the butterfly peacock bass has flourished in Florida, the speckled peacock bass has not. Therefore, it is now illegal to kill or possess speckled peacock bass in Florida. The butterfly peacock bass tend to flourish in the canals and fresh waterways throughout south Florida.


This is good news and keeps these fish from becoming too invasive:

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Because of their tropical origins, peacock bass cannot tolerate low water temperatures. This has prevented them from becoming abundant in Florida outside of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.



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Posted by JAB528 on 3/3 at 7:55 pm to wiltznucs
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Thats very good for FL, they say the freeze in the winter of 07' or 08' really wrecked the populations in some areas. The few times I fished them it was hit or miss...


Yeah, I've never caught one near that size since, it was in 04, before everyone had cellphone cameras and we didn't have a camera on the boat.

We consistently catch though. He goes in the ft lauderdale/palm beach area.



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Posted by TutHillTiger on 3/3 at 9:00 pm to mcpotiger
try luckey 13


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Posted by UFownstSECsince1950 on 3/3 at 9:20 pm to wiltznucs
Debose, that link isn't working for me


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The FL state record is just 9 lbs
damn, I was lied to then. I still want to catch one though. it was too cold and windy for me to try today. next weekend though.....it's on!


I'm going to try some smaller top water rapalas, some bucktail jigs, and maybe even some shiners if I can find them around here.



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Posted by Palmetto08 on 3/4 at 12:42 pm to UFownstSECsince1950
Visiting wife's grandparents this weekend who live on a canal in Deerfield Beach. The canal runs between Highway 1 (Federal Hwy) and Deerfield Island Park.

Are there any peacock in these canals or is it mostly snook and tarpon? Thanks



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