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The Peacock Bass has been on my fishing bucket list since I first saw a picture of one when I was in elementary school. I don't think I'll make it to the Amazon anytime soon so when our Florida vacation was booked I made it a point to get to SE Florida and chase these beautiful specimens! For our adventure we went out near Miami, FL with local guide Captain Scott Rose. He shared a lot of information about this unique fishery and put us on both numbers and quality fish. Our Biggest 5 weighed in at 20.5lbs! This trip was something I won't soon forget.

 

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Peacock Bass is also on my bucket list... But I wanna go where you can catch one that is 20.5lbs+!! Not saying if I was in Florida and had the opportunity I would pass it up!! Hell no!! lol But those arent "real" peacock bass IMO

Unfortunately I am unable to watch Youtube videos at work so I'll have to wait until I get home.... Did you get any on top water?
 

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Peacock Bass is also on my bucket list... But I wanna go where you can catch one that is 20.5lbs+!! Not saying if I was in Florida and had the opportunity I would pass it up!! Hell no!! lol But those arent "real" peacock bass IMO

Unfortunately I am unable to watch Youtube videos at work so I'll have to wait until I get home.... Did you get any on top water?
The FL fishery is definitely nothing like the Amazon and the fish are only a fraction of the size - that's for sure! I'd love to get down to the Amazon sometime in my life and catch a 10lb+ on a Topwater plug!

However, they were a lot of fun to chase in FL. They fight quite a bit harder than the Green and Brown bass I'm used to catching! What surprised me about the fishery in SE Florida is that it is mostly live bait (Shiners). There is so much bait for them in those channels that the Peacock's won't chase for long. I guess they can be caught on the fly but your casts needs to be very accurate and your hookset quick because they spit the flies fast. Our guide said artificials could be done but you're going to spend all day to maybe catch a few fish.
 

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Great vid Mitch once again! THX! Peacock bass would be a great trip and on the bucket list here too. I've had a couple of those Midas cichlids in a tank before, very cool fish!
 

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Did the population of em take a hit this winter? South Florida had a few weeks of below 50 degree weather.
 

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Man that looked like some fun!
 

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Great vid Mitch once again! THX! Peacock bass would be a great trip and on the bucket list here too. I've had a couple of those Midas cichlids in a tank before, very cool fish!
That's how they got into that ecosystem - the homes that butt up to the water would release the fish from their Aquarium once they got too big then with minimal predators around the populations took off! That's why the Peacock's were introduced there I guess to keep all the other fish pop's in check.
 

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Did the population of em take a hit this winter? South Florida had a few weeks of below 50 degree weather.
I would imagine that there was definitely some die off during that cold spell but I hear the fishing is still lights out so I don't think it had too much of an impact in the fishery near Miami. Maybe further North suffered a bit more?
 
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