Every location has that one fish that brings tons of people to the area and for South Florida, it’s peacock bass. Peacock bass fishing is attractive because of the eye-catching color of the fish and the brash and aggressive nature of the fish.
If you’re traveling to Miami, Naples, or anywhere in South Florida, you’ll want to continue reading to learn more about peacock bass and why they should be on your list of “fish to catch in my lifetime.”
Understanding Peacock Bass
The first thing you should understand is that peacock bass aren’t actually bass, they’re Cichlids. In fact, there are a ton of huge differences between these guys and bass. This is the reason why a lot of anglers come to Florida confused by the fact that they don’t behave the same way as largemouth bass.
First of all, there are actually 16 different species of peacock bass. The problem is you can’t catch most of them off the coast of the United States. The fish originated in the Amazon and that’s where most of the species still live.
So, that begs the question; how did they get here? According to the FWC, they were brought into Florida by the WC in 1984 and it’s also believed that they were imported from Guyana, Peru, and Brazil as well.
Why Target Peacock Bass
Another question is why would we come to Florida to fish canals and waterways when there are so many brilliant opportunities in offshore fishing? You can catch things like sailfish, snapper, group, and tarpon; why would we go after these?
While there’s no right or wrong answer to this, we think it has a lot to do with their appearance and the fight they give for a smaller canal fish. They’re finicky about what they eat but once they decide on something, they’re highly aggressive and will not give in easily. You better be prepared for a fight if getting a picture with a peacock bass is on your bucket list.
When you’re traveling and fishing the urban canals, portability is key so you’ll want to make sure you’re only traveling with the amount of gear necessary to get the job done. Telescopic rods are nice but I don’t recommend them due to the lack of durability and strength.
Where you can save a little space and weight is through using an inflatable kayak. These are highly portable and you’d be surprised by how much abuse they can take.
Best Lures for Peacock Bass Fishing
Peacock bass are a bit finicky so you want to choose the right lures and stick to them. Once you understand what lures to use you’ll have no problem bringing in a lot of peacock bass and when they bite, get ready because it’s like someone dropped a 20 lb rock on top of your hook.
Here are some of my top choices for peacock bass lures:
Rip Roller Stick Baits
Rip Rollers are some of the most popular lures for peacock bass because of their noisy presentation and larger size. You don’t have to get this specific type but you want something with a few treble hooks and the propellor on the back. 5.5-inches is around the size you’ll find most of these and they’re usually made of solid wood to create topwater buoyancy.
When it comes to color, you want to mimic something that the peacock bass are used to eating so I’d go with a perch color or something else that’s orange and bright. These are deadly in the warm water months.
This is a spook type crankbait, it’s big, durable, and comes with heavy treble hooks that can handle this type of power. It also has an internal rattle so it’s not completely silent. Go with the redhead on overcast days and a brighter bronze color on sunny days.
Bear in mind that a lot of peacock bass feed below the surface so topwaters won’t always work. Yo-Zuri is a great saltwater lure brand and their minnows allow you to walk the dog, jerk erratically, and create the presentation of a wounded baitfish.
This is especially helpful if you’re not having any luck. The area you’re fishing may simply be overdone and the bass are very timid. This method is a great way to get them biting again.
Bucktail Extended Jigs
The last piece of peacock bass fishing tackle I’ll give you are extended tail jigs. These are growing in popularity amongst peacock bass anglers for a few reasons.
One, you can work them in heavily vegetated areas because the tail helps you cruise over stumps and dense brush.
Second, you can troll with them if you’re trying to cover a lot of water. You can fish them by working through the vegetation with erratic short jerks followed by lull periods of trolling but make sure to keep it moving quickly. If you slow down the presentation too much you’ll attract black bass.
Third, they’re a dime a dozen and you’ll lose a lot in the water because most fish take a liking to these. You don’t have to spend $25 on one lure and you can pair up a variety of color combinations.
Lures To Stay Away From
It’s not often that we tell you lures to avoid but as mentioned, peacock bass are finicky so you want to stick to what works and avoid what doesn’t like the plague. Soft plastics are generally the worst-performing lures for peacock bass fish. They just don’t like them.
Another reason we don’t recommend soft plastics are because every other fish in the water will chew up all your time. You’re not out here targeting black bass and panfish right now, we’re looking for the bright and beautiful peacock so let’s not waste any time. It’s like they say in business, “if you try to win every one, you win no one.” Focus on the species you’re targeting and leave the rest for another day.
We also highly suggest against using live bait. A lot of people will tell you that live bait is the best way to go for peacock bass but as local guides and experts, we recommend you don’t use lie bait, and here’s why.
Peacock bass like to swallow live bait which will result in a deep hook down in the throat or gills. These are a pain to remove and almost always ends with a dead fish. We practice catch and release with peacock bass and we suggest you do the same. Fishing live bait is frowned upon for this reason.
Top Peacock Bass Fishing Locations
We’re separating this part of the guide into three sections. These are the “big 3” when it comes to peacock bass fishing in Florida. If you’re tracking peacock, you want to catch some, and you’re on your own without a guide. These are the three places you’ll want to go.
Best Peacock Bass Fishing in West Palm Beach
Urban canal fishing in Palm Beach county is incredibly popular and it brings a lot of people to the area. If you’re looking in this area, expect to fish around Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Lake Osborne and Lake Ida Park are part of the Lake Ida chain of lakes and they house some of the best peacock bass fishing in the world.
They don’t call Naples, “Paradise Coast” for nothing. There are a ton of things to do here for the whole family and some of the greatest peacock bass fishing you could imagine. The urban canal systems bring about a great population of peacocks and the fight that they put up is next to nothing.
The Golden Gate canal system is where you’ll find the most peacock bass as well as plenty of other saltwater species. Warm water fishing is the best way to go here and as mentioned, the fun doesn’t have to stop once you get off the boat.
For example, Captain Mark Rogers has the biggest boat in the fleet that they call the “Big O” on Lake Okeechobee. He does most of his fishing near his home in Naples, Florida so if you have a larger party and want to fish Naples for peacock bass, you might want to talk to Captain Mark.
Either way, we highly recommend fishing with a charter if you come to Florida. Of course, fishing inshore canals and waterways is easy to do on your own compared to braving the offshore waters but to get the full experience, a charter is the way to go.
South Florida is a gorgeous place to visit and travel too. There are so many options that come about and are available that can really help you see this beautiful place in a different perspective. Getting into the outdoors is a must. When traveling to South Florida, grab your loved ones and get some fresh air and sun on your face. One amazing way to do that is Florida bass fishing. October peacock bass fishing has been fantastic and will only continue to get better!
October will be a great month for peacock bass fishing. Cooler air temperatures slowly start to drop the water temperatures. When this occurs and the optimal temperatures hit, the peacock bass will begin to spawn. During the spawning process, sight-fishing for peacock bass begins. It brings about a whole new experience to you. Don’t worry, all the bass are caught and release right back where they came from. We believe in the conservation and protection of our fisheries.
Having success on the water comes down to one thing: experience. Experience and time on the water are the crucial aspects that allow you to enjoy bass fishing. Luckily, we have gathered some of the most experienced and local fishing captains that can get you on the bass fast. When you embark on a peacock bass fishing trip with our local experts, they take care of everything for you. Years of experience have led them to show clients and travelers a great time on the water.
Check out this Florida Peacock Bass Fishing Report:
Julie and Don Shafer were traveling to South Florida to catch peacock bass. Every year, they travel to Miami, FL to explore what the bass fishing has to offer. Captain Robert Miley has the pleasure of fishing with them out on Miami Airport Lakes or Blue Lagoon. They were traveling from Texas to exclusively fish for peacock bass.
Unfortunately, the fishing conditions were not as we hoped. Winds were blowing 25 mph making canal and lake fishing quite difficult. Overcast and rainy skies as well made for a slower bite. See, most anglers would not even go fishing in these conditions.
When you explore these conditions and waters with a local expert, they adjust and get you on fish in any conditions. Most would give up when conditions get tough but those that can stick it out will gain more knowledge and have the most success on the water.
Don and Julie caught low numbers of fish but they were all quality bass. The two biggest fish were 5 pounds each. On this fishing trip, the bite was much lighter than normal. You had to be more attuned with the bite to have success. Captain Miley guided them to land some beautiful fish.
Don and Julie had a fantastic time fishing here in Miami, FL. Captain Robert Miley is looking forward to seeing them again next year!
Fishing With Captain Wayne Fellows:
Just shortly after this fishing trip, Captain Wayne Fellows explored the waters of Palm Beach County, FL. Kristi, her son Owen, and his friend Ale came out to fish at Markham Park. The whole trip was planned around the boys going fishing. Captain Wayne had the pleasure to be apart of it.
Owen and Ale had a blast catching a lot of fish. Markham Park is a neat place to go explore, especially for the younger generation. You can catch peacock bass, snakeheads, largemouth bass and so much more. This trip was not about how many fish they caught but about what they learned.
The most impactful days on the water for Captains and guides are the days’ anglers learn tips. Captains really enjoy sharing what they love to do with the people on their boat. Owen and Ale had a great time fishing and learned a lot about South Florida fishing. They will apply these techniques back to their home waters.
“It’s not always about who caught the biggest or the most but more importantly about making customers happy and kids smile.” – Capt Wayne Fellows
This is the truest of all things. Our local experts thrive to show a great experience that you will remember for a lifetime. This trip was most certainly one of them. Kristi, Owen, and Ale all had a great time fishing with Captain Wayne. We know Captain Wayne is looking forward to getting back out on the water with them again in the near future!!
Catch Yours TODAY!
October is going to bring about even better fishing. Stay tuned and updated on what the action will bring. If you are starting to plan your Holiday vacation, now is the time to book that outdoor adventure. Florida bass fishing is by far the best way to do that. Our local experts will provide you with exceptional fishing experience. We hope to see you on the water next time!
South Florida is truly a unique destination to travel too. The endless hours of fun and relaxation you can experience is what draws individuals to this beautiful location. Get out in the sun and relax while reeling in the exotic species that call South Florida home. If you love to fish, especially in freshwater, you have found the right destination for you. Hop on board for a
Florida snakehead fishing charter that you surely will never forget.
Having success on the water takes years of commitment and time. These species you are after are quite intuitive and smart. They may be fish but can be highly elusive at times. This is one of the many reasons a local expert is so essential. Why wouldn’t you want to climb on board with someone that knows exactly where and what to throw at the targeted species?
Captain Mike Groshon is an exceptional South Florida expert. He works hard to determine the best-suited tactic for your experience and fishing needs. If you are looking for a Captain that keeps it light on the boat and makes sure you have an amazing experience, Captain Mike is the man!
Check out this South Florida Fishing Update:
Captain Mike had the pleasure of fishing with Jimmy this August. Jimmy was traveling to South Florida on vacation and wanted to cash in on some exotic fishing. One species he really wanted to catch was the exotic snakehead along with peacock bass. Captain Mike took him to a spot right on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County.
Markham Park is a productive fishery for all your fishing needs. Whether you want to catch snakeheads, peacock bass, largemouth bass, cichlids, oscars, and so much more, this is your place. Florida fishing is all about staying active while also landing a big bass in between.
While swimming a bait through the bank structure, Jimmy hooks into a nice fish. He did not know exactly what it was but was loving the fight the whole time. It wasn’t until the fish landed in the net that everyone on the boat got excited. Jimmy caught himself a GIANT Florida snakehead.
It was not long after this fishing trip that Captain Mike was back out on the water. This time, he had the pleasure of fishing with Joel and his son Beckman. They were visiting South Florida on a family vacation looking to have some fun in the sun. While doing so, a Lake Ida Chain of Lakes adventure was a great way to get in the Florida outdoors.
They met Captain Mike at Lake Ida Park where their adventure began. Off they went to see what this beautiful fishery had in-store for them. The fishing was slower than normal on this fishing trip. Water management have been dropping the water levels in anticipation of heavy rains. When they do this, it tends to throw the bite off but luckily, Captain Mike is a local expert and found the fish.
The peacock bass were holding in key pockets. Once we found them, Joel and Beckman had a blast catching fish. One of the best experiences being a guide or providing a service with youth involved is to watch their excitement. It is something that is incredibly hard to express with words. Watching their faces light up is priceless.
All-in-all, the Florida Peacock Bass Fishing on Lake Ida was a success. Joel and Beckman had a fantastic time on the water. Captain Mike is looking forward to seeing them on the water again soon!
Summer is a great time to come fishing. If you can dodge the weather and storms, we can get you on some quality fish. We can accommodate you with any style of fishing here in Florida. Don’t be shy to ask about it all. South Florida is filled with exotics that are waiting to be caught. We hope you don’t miss out on your adventure next time you are traveling to beautiful and sunny Florida. We will see you on the water next time!
South Florida is a beautiful destination. You have endless outdoor activities you can partake in from the sunny beaches to the urban canals. If you love the outdoors and are looking for a way to experience them, South Florida bass fishing is a great option. Markham Park is filled with excellent species to catch all year long. Hop on board for our total beginner fishing charters on your next visit to Florida.
If you are looking to learn more about bass fishing, our local experts are the way to go. We take our time to teach you new techniques and methods to catch fish. When you leave our fishing charters, you will feel like you have learned something that you can apply where you love to fish. Our experts have years of experience working with all ages and levels of ability. We are here to help and show you a great time!
Markham Park in South Florida is a great place to visit. One of the many reasons is that it has multiple different species you can catch. The top species to catch at this destination is the exotic peacock bass. You can also catch snakeheads, largemouth bass, and every cichlid in Florida. It is the perfect place to bring your child or beginner anglers.
Here is an update on how the fishing has been:
Captain Joe Gruny had the pleasure of fishing with Sheila. Sheila was traveling from Miami, FL looking to experience fishing in Fort Lauderdale. She was a total beginner looking to learn and catch her bucket list species. The peacock bass has been a species she has always wanted to go after. Luckily, South Florida is thriving with this hard-fighting species.
Markham Park produced big time for Sheila. She was able to land a peacock bass on her first cast. After catching several more peacock bass, the action continued. Sheila had a blast catching snakeheads, oscars, and cichlids as well. It is always nice to accomplish everything you were expecting and more when embarking on a fishing adventure.
Captain Joe is looking forward to fishing with Sheila again for larger peacock bass in Miami!
Just shortly after this fishing trip, Captain Joe was back out on the water. This time, he had the pleasure of fishing with Dean and Michelle. They were traveling from Orlando on vacation and wanted to get in some bass fishing. The exotic peacock bass was on their bucket list as well.
Luckily, they came to a very lively fishery. The peacock bass did not let anyone down on this fishing trip. From their first cast to their last one, the fish were biting. Dean and Michelle enjoyed catching 23 peacock bass, 12 mayan cichlids, and 2 soft-shell turtles. It was neat for them to be able to catch this wide variety of species right here in South Florida.
Dean and Michelle had an awesome time fishing at Markham Park. Captain Joe is looking forward to fishing with them again soon!
South Florida is a great summertime fishery. If you can get out early in the morning, you can have a great shot catching a lot of great fish. Bring your rain gear as you never know when the next shower will approach. Whether you want to catch bass or cichlids, South Florida is the place to visit. Our local experts can get you on the fish all trip long. We look forward to seeing you on the water next time!
The Holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with the family and friends. There is no better way to do that than a Florida fishing adventure. Broward County has endless possibilities to help get you on the fish of your dreams. Hop on board and enjoy a holiday Broward County fishing charter for exotic species in Florida.
Our local experts have spent a lot of their time getting experience and knowledge fishing this destination. When you come out fishing with our professionals, you can be sure that you will be put around some quality fish. Captain Joe Gruny works hard to make your dreams come true.
Captain Joe had the pleasure of fishing with Dan and Pat. They were repeat clients that were traveling from New Jersey. Being out on the water with them was a lot of fun as always. This was Pat’s first time fishing with Captain Joe.
When you are traveling to Florida, make sure you knock off some bucket list items. Dan and Pat always wanted to experience peacock bass fishing and Florida blessed them on this trip. It did not take them long to knock of the bucket list item. Bait was in the water and in 3 minutes the first bass was in the boat. After that everything else was icing on the cake.
Dan and Pat had a fantastic day on the water landing 23 peacock bass along with 3 quality largemouth bass. Broward County is filled with exotic species that are extremely fun to catch. They also got to catch 3 snakeheads in their quick 4 hour fishing trip.
Dan and Pat are looking forward to the next chance to go out fishing in South Florida. Captain Joe always enjoys taking them out on an adventure!
Just shortly after this awesome fishing trip, Captain Joe adventured out in Markham Park. This time, the clients got to catch some bigger exotic peacock bass. Markham Park is located right on the edge of the Florida Everglades. Peacock bass are extremely fun to catch there. Captain Joe had a blast with Father and son team Greg and Greg.
Greg and Greg were traveling to Florida on vacation. While doing so, getting out in the outdoors is a must. Catching a Florida bass will bring a lot of excitement to your vacation. This family had a great time on the water catching big numbers of fish. Greg and Greg caught 34 peacock bass weighing up to 4 pounds. They got to experience double hook up as well.
Captain Joe is looking forward to fishing with this awesome family again in the future!
Florida is the perfect freshwater fishing destination. Bass fishing is getting better and better by the day. If you are looking to get on some of the best fishing possible, come on down and let’s get you hooked up. Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime! We look forward to seeing you on the water next time.
South Florida is the ultimate fishing destination to catch bass. The dominate species to catch here is the exotic peacock bass. Several locations are highly successful and can put you on the fish of a lifetime. Come enjoy a November peacock bass fishing charter next time you are visiting. You will not regret the decision to set the hook into these hard fighting bass.
One of the most important parts about fishing here in Florida is getting out with a local expert. You will have the advantage as these experts have been on the water for years honing in their craft. If you want to be on fish the whole trip, this is the way to go. Captain Joe Gruny and Mike Groshon are excellent options for your family and fishing adventure.
Captain Joe Gruny had the pleasure of fishing with Philip and Eric. They were traveling from Polk County, Florida in order to catch some exotic peacock bass. Fishing here in South Florida was always something they wanted to do and we were able to help them get it done. Peacock bass fishing on the edge of the Everglades is a great opportunity for you to have some fun and catch a variety of different species.
Artificial baits dominated this fishing charter. Philip and Eric caught a large number of bass on the Zara Spooks and lucky craft lures. The action is red hot here this time of year. As the water levels continue to change and get lower, the bite will get even better. Philip and Eric caught 23 peacock bass along with 5 snakeheads.
They had a great time on the water with beautiful weather to add to the trip. Captain Joe is looking forward to their next adventure in Florida near Broward County. They will be back for more of this incredible action!
Just shortly after this amazing fishing trip, Captain Mike Groshon adventured out on the Lake Ida. Chain of Lakes. The peacock bass fishing in Palm Beach County is picking up greatly. If you are looking for an urban adventure, this is the place to explore. Captain Mike had the pleasure of fishing with repeat clients. Brady, Les and Adam were traveling to South Florida to cash in on some peacock bass fishing.
One of their many joys when fishing here is peacock bass fishing in Palm Beach. You never know what you are going to catch and of what quality. The bite may have been slower but these gentlemen still caught them up. Weather conditions promoted a great day on the water. Brady, Les and Adam had a blast catching peacock bass in the weight range from 2-3 pounds.
Captain Mike is looking forward to their next adventure in Palm Beach! They will also be back for more of this action and beautiful weather.
Peacock bass fishing is about to get really good. If you are looking for a strong bite and a hard fighting fish, you have to come experience this. Our local experts will work hard to put you on some of the best fish of your life. Hop on board and don’t worry about a thing while you are reeling in some quality fish. We are looking forward to seeing you on the water next time!