Peacock bass?

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pontoonman
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Peacock bass?

Post by pontoonman » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:52 am

I think these cichlids were planted in Texas (Bastrop?) awhile back, and Florida may still have some. I have a trip to PR coming, and am trying to free up some time to go after them for sport. I have no experience with these, and would appreciate experience/hints from anyone in this regard.

Thanks,

Pon

Jimbo Roberts
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Re: Peacock bass?

Post by Jimbo Roberts » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:10 pm

They require warm water year-round.
I did a quick search, google and TPWD's site, and then lake Bastrop.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fi ... _code=0046
Last stocking in 1979. I fished there alot in the 70's and 80's and I never caught one or even heard of someone catching one, but I have not fished there much since the mid 80's.
What I do know is that Bass fishing tactics using topwater, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swim baits are most effective. I would suspect if they are still there you would have to fish the hot water discharge.

Jimbo

weightforward
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Re: Peacock bass?

Post by weightforward » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:50 pm

I would like to tackle these guys with ultra-light fly rods. Found these two reports a while back. Maybe you'll enjoy.

http://www.nervouswaterhawaii.com/defau ... 449&id=453

http://flyfishwithmel.blogspot.com/2005 ... -code.html

pontoonman
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Re: Peacock bass?

Post by pontoonman » Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:33 am

Very interesting, thanks guys!

I did some more surfing and the peacock species in PR look to have very bright color patterns:

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/feature ... uertorico/

I found some guides on the web, will contact them for more information...

Pon

mickmcco
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Re: Peacock bass?

Post by mickmcco » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:23 pm

I caught them fishing in the urban canals around Miami last March, along with four other exotic species I'd never caught before. They all fell to my chartreuse and white Foxy Clouser tied with Arctic fox and with pearl diamond braid wrapped around the shank of the hook. The fly was less important than the presentation -- get it in front of them, especially with other peacocks around, and they'll smash it!
Mickfly
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