Butterfly Peacock Bass Fishing
South Florida has an amazing Butterfly Peacock Bass Fishery that is year around. The Butterfly Peacock is one of the most beautiful, most aggressive and hardest fighting fish on the planet. These fish hit like a freight train and offer a heck of a fight. The Peacock Bass has quickly become my favorite fish to target in South Florida. If you like hard fighting and drag pulling predator fish, you will love this fish.
I realize that most of my clients come from around the world and have never had the experience of catching a Peacock Bass. No two trips are the same but here is what you can expect. Most trips are in the Tropical urban fisheries of either Miami or Delray Beach. These areas are home to the largest and most abundant swarms of Butterfly Peacock outside of their native waters of South America. A typical urban Peacock trip will boat 25 to 60 peacock. The typical Everglades Peacock trip could boat several hundred in a day. The size of the peacock can range from a couple of pounds to over 8 pounds. In addition to catching Peacock Bass you will have the opportunity to catch freshwater Tarpon, Snook, Myan Cichlid, Tiger Oscar and Midas Cichlid. I guided Rosemary White to the current IGFA World Record Midas Cichlid.
Sight fishing season is typically from the last of March and can run through the entire summer. This is my favorite way to target the Peacock Bass. If you are into fly fishing this is your season. You must provide your own fly gear.
The Peacock is not native to the area but was introduced by the Florida Wildlife Commission in the late 1980's to control other invasive fish species. The Peacock has thrived in the tropical South Florida waterways.
I target these fish with an assortment of plugs, top water lures but the most effective way to target a peacock bass is with a live shiner. This isn't watching a bobber fishing. It's an aggressive live bait hunting approach. It is by far the most fun trip I offer and you will be absolutely blown away, I GUARANTEE it.
For the most successful peacock trip I highly suggest shiners! I am not a bait salesman but I will pick up the shiners before I meet you. The cost is about $8.99 per dozen. I recommend at a minimum of 6 dozen per angler for a full day and less for a shorter trip.
Take a look at a couple of my videos and see what you can expect when you book one of my Butterfly Peacock Bass fishing charters.
The latest exotic fish charter I offer is the Clownknife. This fish is an incredible fighter and has the ability to fight in reverse. I am now catching this fish on a consistent basis in certain areas of S. Florida. These are caught on my Peacock bass charters. These have been in our water ways for just over 10 years. Each year we are catching bigger ClownKnife than the previous years. For the angler who has caught it all this is a must do!
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