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Miami Peacock Bass Fishing

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Peacock Bass Fishing in Miami Lakes

Miami peacock bass fishing has developed over the years into quite a little fishing niche for local and visiting anglers alike. In fact peacock bass fishing is the most popular type of fishing in the southeast Florida coastal canals for hundreds of fishing guides and thousands of anglers each year. Because peacock bass can rarely survive in water temperatures below 60 degrees they are pretty much restricted to living in the extreme southern reaches of the United States. They are caught in Hawaii and more notably in Miami where they flourish in the Miami area freshwater lakes where they were introduced in 1984.

Because Miami peacock bass fishing is so popular and because they can only flourish in the relatively small temperate zone of Miami and Broward Counties the Florida Wildlife and Game Commission strictly enforces "bag" limits on peacock bass. The large majority of peacock bass fishing guides may keep one or two for their charter customers but for the most part they practice catch and release which let's the fish live to fight another day. Like many guides Captain Lee and the peacock bass fishing guides of Hawg Heaven practice catch and release, not only with peacock bass but with largemouth bass they catch fishing in the Everglades, and even many of the saltwater fish they target such as trophy tarpon.

Fishing for peacock bass yielded one lucky angler in Venezuela an IGFA all tackle world record which weighed in at a monsterous 12 pounds 6 ounces. The Florida peacock bass fishing state record is a rotund bass that weighed in at a hefty 9.1 pounds and 13 of the 16 current IGFA world records have been caught from Florida waters. Now you understand why Miami peacock bass fishing is so popular and one of the main reasons our peacock bass fishing guides so busy.

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Florida Peacock Bass

Scientific and Other Names:

"Genus Cichla"
"Butterfly Peacock"

Peacock bass is the common name in English for several species of tropical, freshwater fish of the genus Cichla. The butterfly peacock bass is not a true bass, but is rather a cichlid. They also exist as non-native species in the waters from Panama to Puerto Rico and many regions of the USA that include places such as Guam, Florida, Hawaii, and the United States Virgin Islands).

Physical Description:

The physical characteristics of the peacock bass can vary greatly depending on what species of peacock bass you are describing. For our purposes we will talk about Miami area Peacock Bass which are Butterfly species of peacock bass. The peacock bass has a body shape that is similar to that of a largemouth bass. Usually displaying three vertical stripes on their bodies and a spot on their tail fins that resembles the eyes on a peacock's tail feathers which is the feature that resulted in their English and Spanish common names.


Introduced by FWC in large coastal canals of southeast Florida in 1984; low water temperatures and intolerance of saltwater prevent this species from becoming abundant outside of coastal Miami and Broward county lakes. Native range lies within the Amazon River basin of South America.

Feeding Habits:

Peacock bass feed almost exclusively on fish and tend to use great speed to capture prey and also typically feed only during daylight hours. The peacock bass has helped reduce the number of undesirable exotic fishes, especially the spotted tilapia.

As Table Fare:

Their eating quality is good. Their flesh is white and sweet when cooked, and has very little oil, making it similar in taste to snapper or grouper. Also, they are not excessively bony. However, most professional American anglers recommend practicing catch and release for these species to protect their numbers in the United States. To help ensure this, Florida Wildlife and Game Commission officers strictly enforce bag limits for these fish.

Sporting Qualities:

Sport fishermen have made these cichlids prized game fish for their fighting qualities. American peacock bass fisherman sometimes refer to them as "freshwater bullies" due to their ferocious nature when hunting and their tendency to damage and sometimes destroy fishing gear when striking.

Also, the most common techniques for catching them are similar to those for catching largemouth bass with the notable exception that peacock bass will not strike artificial worms -- a widely used lure among largemouth bass fisherman. In addition, fly fishing techniques, including lures such as poppers and large streamers, are becoming increasingly popular for catching Miami peacock bass.


Survives in warm ponds, lakes and canals. Often found by anglers in shady areas around bridges, culverts, and near fallen trees. Peacock bass usually spawn in shallow water adjacent to shorelines with overhanging vegetation. Peacock bass can't tolerate water temperatures below 60oF nor can they survive in saltwater.


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