Top 5 fish that Florida Peacock Bass love to eat

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  • 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 fishing for them for over 20 years, they do not like chasing or eating worms. Sure, you could catch one on a worm, perhaps if the fish is bedding and is merely 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?

I.F. Anderson Farms 4″ Golden Shiners (5 lbs) Live Bait

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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 more relaxed days they do not eat.

What do peacock bass eat FAQ’S

Will peacock bass eat tilapia?

Yes! the peacock bass was introduced in 1983 as a predator to control the overpopulation of spotted tilapia in south Florida canals and lakes.
spotted tilapia


Although you can’t say you will never catch a peacock bass at night, the best chance to get this game fish to strike your lure or live bait is during the day, not known as a nocturnal feeder, relies on speed.

Michael Ocejo ( Editor-in-chief )

Michael loves fishing for peacock bass. He especially enjoys the great Florida weather and fishing in his backyard. Michael also loves spending time with his friends and family and loves baseball.

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