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Blah Blah Blah Dude
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Peacock Bass in South Florida
I would love to catch a Peacock Bass, and looking for some possible options for guides and fishing tactics in Florida. Anyone have any good information to pass along? Thanks in advance.


ThreeDayDrunk
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
Ahoot me an email or dm or however this shite works. I have a guy for you.


TigerAxeOK
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
I've heard they're all over the place on roadside public canals. Any truth to that? I plan on throwing a line at some when I finally make it down there...


HouseofWaffles
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
They are all over the place. The farther south, the better. You'll find them in Ft Lauderdale and Pembroke, but the better numbers are in Miami to Homestead. They love topwaters. If you find them on the bed, it's the easiest fishing you will ever see.


Blah Blah Blah Dude
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
There is no way to DM you, but I would be interested in the guide’s info. Does he have a website you can post?


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WPBTiger
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
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They are all over the place. The farther south, the better. You'll find them in Ft Lauderdale and Pembroke, but the better numbers are in Miami to Homestead.


This. I lived in South Florida for several years. The canals around the Miami airport are loaded with them. At least they were when I was down that way.


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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
Dude, as a couple of other posters have said, Peacock Bass (and several other non-native species) are widely distributed and easily found throughout the canals in South Florida.
It's easy to find info about fishing those areas. Here are a couple of links... Peacock Bass Fishing in the “Urban Canals” & How to Find and Catch Peacock Bass in South Florida .
I would not hire a guide unless you need to rely on them for rods/reels and tackle!
Here is a Metro Canal Map courtesy of FWC. This shows the major canals but there are many smaller drainage & "feeder" canals that don't appear on this map. Take a look at Google Earth.
Most of the canals have some type of access where they intersect with public roads.
I have had great success in the C-1 (Black Creek Canal) & the C-111 (Aerojet Canal.) The C-1 has a public multi-use path that winds along the canal from a spot near the Miami Zoo all the way down to Black Point Marina.
I would suggest using a "stick & move" strategy. A few casts with no results is a sign to move on to the next spot!

If you do head down to the 111, you might want to throw a bike in your vehicle. The roads along the canal banks are gated and locked by South Florida Water Management District but it is legal to walk (and bike) along the canal. You can cover a lot more canal on a bike, & wearing a small backpack with some tackle & a cold 6-pack in it is a good plan.


Good luck and post a report with lots of pics for me and for the myriad of ignorant posters on this board that don't know much about fishing!
This post was edited on 8/20 at 5:45 am


BooDreaux
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
You would have blast fishing for peacock bass and other exotics with Hai Troung

Urban Peacocks

He does urban fishing(no boat needed) in the Ft Laud/Miami area Great fun & he's quite reasonable We refer him quite often to people fishing South Florida.


Skywalker
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re: Peacock Bass in South Florida
Take a look at this guy Monster Mike...he has a lot of videos on youtube.


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