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How to Catch a Beautiful Peacock Bass

Jess KContributor IIIApril 23, 2012

One of the hardest fighting species of freshwater fish is the peacock bass.

This beautiful looking fish is great fun to catch because when it bites it hits hard, and then fights long and hard. If you’ve ever considered trying your hand at catching these awesome fish, here are some helpful suggestions. If you want to read more about other kinds of bass fishing, click here.

First you must go to the region where they are found. The most popular place to fish for them is in their native home, South America—more specifically, in the South American jungle. They have long been a favorite to go after in the Amazon River.

However, if that’s not your style, they have been introduced into a lot of other beautiful locations. Today they can be found in Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Panama, Guam and the Dominican Republic.

Once you’re fishing in the right water you want to make sure you have the right tackle. If you’re going after the butterfly peacock bass, which is the smaller of the two species, you should use light tackle or medium weight tackle because the record fish is only 12 lbs. 9 oz.; however, you’ll want to use some good strong fluorocarbon line or braided line because of the way they fight.

They strike hard and run and are generally a challenge to bring to the boat. Good strong line is required so they don’t snap it off. As with other fish of this size, using a light weight fishing rod and reel makes the fight more intense and exciting. If you want to learn more about different weights and types of fishing rods, click here.

A good big lure to use for peacock bass is a silver spoon or silver Kastmaster. They love to attack this shiny lure. 

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