Spotted Peacock Bass River Fishing Information and Facts
Anything less than 40 pound test could result in a snapped line should you set the hook on one.
Spotted Peacock Bass are found in South American lagoons close to a major river. There are many lakes and lagoons in the Brazilian rain forest including the many lakes off the remote Baria river or Casiquiare.
As we wrote in previous fishing techniques and tips, the peacock bass is found along the Amazon river watershed and Orinoco watersheds. We have heard good stories about fishing for peacocks in the Agua Boa region as it offers some thirty-two lagoons and land locked lakes.
Balance your equipment and tackle for a heavy fight and don’t forget to set your drag for an aggressive first strike. Fighting a peacock is not like trying to land a largemouth bass only bigger and more aggressive, it requires a lot of energy and you will be quite sore the next day. Along with your tackle, bring energy bars and stay hydrated with water and Gatorade for electrolytes. And, don’t forget to take along a first aid kit and a satellite phone.
Spotted Peacock Bass strike at flashy diving, shallow running and surface plugs, jigs and large streamer flies. The shallow running floating and diving plugs are perfect for lagoon and slow water conditions. Try blue, chartreuse and green and white plugs. For lunkers, use large plugs with fore and aft propellers to create a lot of commotion.
Choose a high test line strength. Spotted Peacock Bass are common at 20 pounds and many talk tales about the possibility of 30 pounds Peacock Bass being out there ready to be caught. The record Speckled Peacock bass is currently 28 pounds.
Anything less than 40 pound test could result in a snapped line should you set the hook on one. The Spotted Peacock Bass you end up catching in Florida is likely a Striped Peacock bass as the Spotted Peacock failed to catch when it was introduced in 1984. A 20 or 12 pound test is more than sufficient for Peacock Bass in Florida waters.
For North American Peacock fishing, BassFishing-Gurus.com recommends using gizzard shad, frogs and minnows, both fathead and the golden shiners work well. With that in mind, focus on casting and trolling methods, though casting is preferred over trolling.
As we discussed under river techniques for the Spotted Bass, we cannot stress enough being prepared by having high test line strength and having extra reels and rods for those times where you will lose line, break rods and stripe reels.
Speckled Peacock Bass can easily reach 20 pounds and many believe that are 30 pounders waiting to be caught, though the record speckled peacock bass is 28 pounds. Not having enough backup will result in a shortened trip as there are no local bait and tackle shops lining the Amazon river.
Anything less than 40 pound test could result in a snapped line should you set the hook on one. The Speckled Peacock Bass you end up catching in Florida is likely a Striped Peacock bass as the Speckled Peacock failed to catch when it was introduced in 1984.