Project Description

Anybody who has been keeping fish for a while will agree that this
Species: Astronotus ocellatus

A Oscars lifestyle is highly addictive. Once you’ve caught one fish, you’ll want another, then another and then another. Oscar fishing can be so addictive that many people end up with more than one in there boat or frying pan. We hope that both existing Oscar fisherman and newcomers alike will find this website interesting and helpful for catching more fish.

If that isn’t enough for you, we also have a forum where you can socialize with other members whether it be asking questions, helping someone out with lure question they may have, or you can just use it to chew the fat if you like. We have lots of guides/members who have a very good knowledge of catching Oscars. If you want a quick, accurate polite reply then please register with us and you will have full use of the forum.

Fishing advice is given as a guideline only. Our guides & myself are trained professionals, while the majority of our members are not trained. For a reliable technique, I would suggest you seek advice from a trained fishing guide. They can be found through South Florida, places like Everglades, Miami Lakes, Tamiami trail among others.

If there is a particular category or subject you are looking for, then using the search box will make life a little easier for you. If you look in the top right-hand corner of the website, you will see a search box. Enter a phrase or word that corresponds to what you are looking for and click the bassonline button to search with-in the website only, then press the “Google Search” button. You will then be taken to a page that will list all the matches to your phrase/word on this website.

Now for more detail specifics about the Oscar:

The Oscar is a species of fish from the cichlid family known under a variety of common names including oscar, tiger oscar, velvet cichlid or marble cichlid.In South America, where the species naturally resides, A ocellatus are often found for sale as a food fish in the local markets.However, its slow growth limits its potential for aquaculture. The species is also a popular aquarium fish.

Appearance, size and coloration
A. ocellatus have been reported to grow to a length of 45 cm (approximately 18 in) and a mass of 1.6 kg (3.5 lb). The wild caught forms of the species are typically darkly colored with orange ringed-spots or ocelli on the caudal peduncle and on the dorsal fin. It has been suggested that these ocelli function to limit fin-nipping by piranha which co-occur with a ocellatus in its natural environment. The species is also able to rapidly alter its coloration, a trait which facilitates ritualized territorial and combat behaviors amongst nonspecific’s. Juvenile A. ocellatus have a different coloration to adults and are striped with white and orange wavy bands and have spotted heads.

Distribution and habitat
A. ocellatus is native to Peru, Colombia, Brazil and French Guiana and occurs in the Amazon river basin, along the Amazonas, Içá, Negro, Solimões and Ucayali river systems, and also in the Approuague and Oyapock drainages. In its natural environment the species typically occurs in slow moving water habitats, and has been observed sheltering under submerged branches. Feral populations also occur in China, northern Australia, and now in Florida, USA as a by-product of the ornamental fish trade. The species is limited in its distribution by its intolerance of cooler water temperatures, the lower lethal limit for the species is 12.9 °C (55.2 °F).

Sexual dimorphism and reproduction
Although the species is widely regarded as sexually monomorphic, it has also been suggested that males grow more quickly, and in some naturally occurring strains, males are noted to possess dark blotches on the base of the dorsal fin.The species reaches sexual maturity at approximately 1 year of age and continues to reproduce for 9-10 years. Frequency and timing of spawning may be related to the occurrence of rain. A. ocellatus are biparental substrate spawners though detailed information regarding their reproduction in the wild are scarce. It has been observed that the closely related Astronotus crassipinnis may, in times of danger, protect its fry in its mouth in a manner reminiscent of mouthbrooding geophagine cichlids. This behavior, however, has not yet been observed in A. ocellatus. In captivity pairs are known to select and clean generally flattened horizontal or vertical surfaces on which to lay their 1000 to 3000 eggs. Like most cichlids, A. ocellatus practice brood care, although the duration of brood care in the wild remains unknown.