Spotted Peacock Bass Summer Fishing Information and Facts
In the south, winter begins lasts the months of June, July and August.
From the perspective of the northern hemisphere, our summer is their dry season. But as the seasons are flipped in the southern hemisphere, winter is actually their dry season and much of South America including countries such as Brazil and Paraguay, though the timing varies from region to region so check with your local tour guide or lodge before booking a trip. However, be prepared for periodic downpores as it is the rainforest.
Also, the length and duration of the dry and rainy seasons and commencement of the dry and rainy seasons are different from region to region. However, in most regions, that rainy season starts in December and lasts until March/April. As the water recedes, the bass concentrate in lagoons and pools making locating them much easy.
For those angler visiting South America, make sure to understand that the seasons are reversed, though winter is not nearly as cold as it is in the Northern Hemisphere. You may also need to get caught up on your shots before booking a trip by as much as six months.
Keep in mind before booking a fishing trip to South America, it is located in the southern hemisphere and their seasons are reversed. When it is summer in the northern hemisphere, it is winter in the south. Also, the length and duration of the rainy season and commencement of the dry season are different from region to region. However, in most regions, that dry season starts in June, July and August.
The preferred method of catching the Spotted Peacock Bass is by casting and trolling, though casting is preferred over trolling. Lures are the preferred bait as live bait is difficult to maintain and obtain. When hooked, Spotted Bass put up a strong fight, making repeated short jumps. When you have them close to the boat, don’t give up as they may make one last fight to get away. Line strength be 40 pounds, though 30 pounds may be sufficient. We also recommend the use of 20 to 30 pound wire leaders with these fish.
Peacock bass are more active shallow water late in the morning and early in the afternoon when the sun is high. Unlike North American Bass, the peacocks enjoy the sun and it governs so much of their life. They are slow early in the morning and in the evening.
The same techniques use in the spring work well in the summer. They prefer live bait, but will strike at a lure just as easily. Spotted Peacock Bass prefer and strike a variety of flashy diving, shallow running, surface plugs, jigs and large streamer flies. When they strike, they strike hard. When they strike on surface plugs, it is aggressive and savage.
When fishing lagoons, try the use of diving plugs and running floats. Blue chartreuse and green and white plugs work best for lagoon fishing for Spotted Peacocks. Lipless rattling crank baits are another favoured lure, especially in open water fishing. Blue and silver work best.
Surface lures include large walking, popping and buzzing models. For big fish, large plugs with for and aft propellers create a lot of commotion and best for catching large fish. Spinner baits produce some strikes but are greatly outfished by plugs. Unless you don’t have any other lures, leave these ones at home when it comes to peacock.