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South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby bbb » January 7th, 2020, 3:02 pm

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Hit a bait shop in Plantation Florida at 2pm to pick up some shiners to make this attempt easier. Asked where we should start and he pointed 50 yards down the road. Hit the bridge and within 10 minutes we had 3 largemouth bass released, but no Peacocks. Walked down 100 yards to another bridge and it was on. We caught 4 Peacocks, a largemouth and broke off 2 more over the next hour. 24 shiners gone.
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Woke up and hit the bait shop for 24 shiners. I had marked 9 bridges I wanted to try that were in the area. After almost 2 hours we only had one fish to show for our efforts. ImageSo back to the bridge we had the most luck at with our last 10 shiners. We pulled 5 Peacocks out at this spot including one that had our hook from the previous day.

We talked to some kayakers who were catching snook earlier that morning and had seen some tarpon too. All this happening in a canal next to the highway.

Might have to make it an annual trip.
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby silverking » January 7th, 2020, 3:17 pm

Nice. Peacocks are a blast. They were stocked in the canal behind our house when we lived in Hell, I mean Pembroke Pines.

The lakes around Miami International are full of them and cichlids, too. There are several guides who specialize in targeting peacocks. And then there's always Brazil. :wink:
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby SHOWBOAT » January 7th, 2020, 3:37 pm

very cool. My MIL lives on Jacaranda Golf Course in Plantation. I've never really contemplated fishing there, but my nephews catch cichlids in her back yard all the time.
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby FishWithChris » January 7th, 2020, 3:47 pm

Ahhh awesome stuff !!! I'm in Boca / FLL / Weston areas 4 - 5 times a year and want to make it out and about to snag some peacocks before hitting client sites but never do.

Motivation for me now since I'll be there end of the month! Cheers!
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby Juan » January 7th, 2020, 3:56 pm

Nice! :thumbup: Those things are mean. Never caught one in the canals but used to net all sorts of guppies and black mollies out of those canals a long time ago. I'd like to try that one day since there's got to be some big uns in those canals and my biggest peacock came from Panama and is only 3 lbs (and he's hanging on the den wall). :-D
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby silverking » January 7th, 2020, 4:00 pm

FishWithChris wrote:Ahhh awesome stuff !!! I'm in Boca / FLL / Weston areas 4 - 5 times a year and want to make it out and about to snag some peacocks before hitting client sites but never do.

Motivation for me now since I'll be there end of the month! Cheers!



I've got just the travel fly rod for your trips, Chris. :wink:
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby bbb » January 7th, 2020, 5:18 pm

While the girls took the Turnpike on the way home, the boys took 27 north into Clewiston and ate lunch at Roland Martins Tiki Bar. Then we stopped in the town of Okeechobee and caught our 1st Lake Okeechobee bass.

Notice Nic is not happy. The score was 2-0 at this point.
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He caught a dink but now he’s happy.
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby GusMccrae » January 7th, 2020, 5:33 pm

some of those pics look like snake boots would be in order
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby Srbenda » January 7th, 2020, 7:26 pm

very nice! I suspect any body of water down there has some marine life lurking about.
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass

Postby kenfly » January 8th, 2020, 8:26 am

Nice!! I have heard those are a blast to catch, diff on my bucket list


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