They are almighty fighters. Beautiful to look at and fantastic sport always. No one who has had a fishing bout against a peacock bass has ever forgotten it, especially fish over 4 pounds and fished from a light rig.
Peacock bass are not as cold blooded as most fish species and needs warmer water to thrive. They were introduced to Florida in, 1984, following a decade of study. The fish is non-native, but fishing authorities assumed they could contain other problematic fishes. They certainly did their initial work but went a little further and are environmentally problematic in some areas.
Brazil is the other place where peacock bass thrive along the Amazon and its many tributaries. There are a number of fishing videos relating to their prowess as a game fish, so if your planning a peacock mission, you should research as many of these as you can in advance.
The best fishing lures for peacock bass enthusiasts begin with top lures, either with a rotating blade, or large poppers. Subsurface lures work well and many leading lure manufacturers offer excellent floating and slow sinking crankbaits, as well as, softbaits that entice peacock bass to hit hard.Streamers also work well for peacocks and softbait lures such as mice and frogs won’t disappoint either.
Largemouth bass fishing is the same way to tackle up for peacockbass and a spincast or baitcast rig with a flexible rod will help tire them out quicker.
One American fishing author has labeled Peacocks as “freshwater bullies” due to their ferociousness and ability to damage equipment, especially lures. Peacocks will relentlessly pursue a lure once they see it, so make sure you twitch it or slow down a little, if you are lucky enough to be fishing after them.