Peacock Bass Fishing

By Paul Daigle

Whether it's the beautiful colors or the sound of a screaming reel, peacock bass have a way of mesmerizing anglers. Stocked in the coastal canals of southeast Florida in 1984 to control over-abundant tropical invasives, they range from south Miami to as far north as West Palm Beach.

Fishbrain Pro-Staffer Patrick Gonzalez with a stud. 

Fishbrain Pro-Staffer Patrick Gonzalez with a stud. 

Line Choice

Fighting a three-pound peacock bass is like fighting a six-pound largemouth; they are a blast on light tackle. I find it best to use fluorocarbon or monofilament.

The author with his very own peacock bass.

The author with his very own peacock bass.

Where to Find Them

You can find them in canals, lakes, and ponds of south Florida. They like to hide around docks, culverts, bridges, and overhanging vegetation and trees.

@Adriel_knows (Instagram) with a massive peacock bass over 8lbs.

@Adriel_knows (Instagram) with a massive peacock bass over 8lbs.

Bait

These fish will go for a wide variety of baits They can be caught on topwater poppers, spooks, torpedoes, and prop baits. Also great are lipless cranks, crankbaits, jerkbaits, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, and flair hawk jigs. For a local Florida lure company, try Gill Reaper lures. 

For live bait, use shad, shiners, tilapia, and mayan cichlids. 

Guides

We have some great guides in south Florida to put you on some big peacocks - I recommend Capt. Shane Procell, Capt.Patrick Smith, and Capt.Bill Lepree. For land-based guides, try Chris Licato, [verify: Reel Reel Adventures], and Hai Truong fishing. 

 


On instagram as @Adriel_knows with a massive peacock bass over 8 lbs