When do Peacock bass spawn in Florida

I consider the best time a year to catch a Trophy is during their annual spawning season. Down here in South Florida the peacock bass spawn can be around late February to about the ending of April.  These freshwater bruisers are ready to spawn annually once they reach about 10-12 months of age. The Florida […]

Why Peacock Bass thrive in Florida

Originally released in 1984 to control the abundance of spotted tilapia, this south American powerhouse has made south Florida home. Did you know that the average temperature for Miami, FL is 77.05°F? That is almost exact to the yearly averages of Brazil which are 76.1°F.    The Butterfly peacock bass Cichla ocellaris enjoys warm tropical […]

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)     What do Peacock bass do not like to eat? Based on my experience of fishing for them for over 20 […]

Florida invasive fish species guide

In Florida, as in many other states, there is a problem with invasive fish species wreaking havoc on public health, the local environment, and even on the economy.  Fish that are non native species are simply fish who are not in their native range, such as exotic fish that have been released from an aquarium or even a […]

Florida Peacock Bass Locations

Low water temperature is the most important factor for peacock bass fishing in Florida. Laboratory temperature studies have documented that peacock bass dies in water colder than 60 degrees. The first attempt to study butterfly peacock bass was in the 1960s failed when all peacocks died due to low pond water temperatures. In the early […]

Peacock Bass History

The peacock bass fish (Cichla ocellaris) was deployed into Florida areas as an experiment to control the overpopulation of many unusual exotic fish species within the areas canals, ponds, freshwater lakes. The spotted tilapia ( Tilapia mariae ) started thriving with the aid of aquarium owners releasing older larger undesirable specimens.  These exotic fish consisted […]

Where can you find Florida Peacock Bass

The Peacock Bass is a brute once on your line, It is strong, fast, tough, they will take you into culverts, structure to try to break you off. This non-native exotic Florida fish makes big-time powerful tackle destroying, head-shaking runs.  I have had treble hooks bent and broken in the process of hooking a big fish on […]

How to catch peacock bass live bait

This soft white sliced wonder bread has a buttery texture to it which makes it easier to stay on the fishing hook. I try to stay away from tougher types of bread as it’s a lot more difficult and becomes a greater mission when the bread comes off the hook almost instantly.  Once I make a tiny bred […]