Top 5 fish that Florida Peacock Bass love to eat

Which are some examples of South Florida native species that peacock bass eat?

Bluegill. (Lepomis macrochirus)

Redear sunfish. (Lepomis microlophus)

American Shad. (Alosa sapidissima)

Eastern mosquito fish. (Gambusia holbrooki)

Spotted sunfish. (Lepomis punctatus)

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What do Peacock bass do not like to eat?

Based on my experience of fishing for them for over 20 years is they simply do not like to chase or eat worms. Sure, you could catch one on a worm perhaps if the fish is bedding and is simply picking it up in anger. For the best fishing success stick to fast-moving minnow profile jerk bait or live bait.

What is the best Live Bait you can buy?

The best store-bought bait for peacock bait without a doubt is the Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) they are sold by the dozen in South Florida. You will need a fishing bucket with a lid and an aerator to keep live bait alive.

Do Peacock Bass eat at night?

Typically the Peacock bass does not feed at night, I can say from experience that the best peacock bass fishing is early morning about 9 am to about 2-3 pm. Peacock bass like it hot and sunny, cloudy and cooler days they do not eat as well.

 
Spotted Tilapia ( Pelmatolapia mariae)

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