How to Catch Peacock Bass in South Florida

If you live in South Florida and want to learn how to catch peacock bass, this article will give you a crash course in finding and catching this hard-fighting exotic fish.

Found in great numbers throughout the Amazon, Rio Negro, and Orinoco river basins of South America, this species of fish evolved alongside such notorious finned predators as the piranha and payara.

They are an incredibly tough species and adapt well to new climates, which led to their widespread introduction throughout South America.

Beyond South America, these fish have been introduced to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Southern Florida. And luckily for Floridians, peacock bass can be caught within the comfort of city limits — no jungle excursion necessary.

The majority of peacock bass caught in South Florida weigh between 1 and 2 pounds, but you may encounter larger fish growing up to 5 pounds or more. Compared to largemouth bass, most anglers agree that peacock bass hit lures harder and put up a stronger, more acrobatic fight.

Here's a video on how to catch these hard fighters in South Florida.

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