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South Florida Peacock Bass & Largemouth Bass

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South Florida Peacock Bass & Largemouth Bass

Postby peacock08 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:13 am

This week we were in the Miami area of South Florida fishing small canals for peacock bass. I had Scott & Steven Eynon out for about 6 hours and we boated 16 peacock bass. While we were out a young guy came by and asked us to take a picture of this giant largemouth he landed. He also didn't have a scale so we were able to get a good weight on this beauty for him. She weighed in at a little over 10 lbs. For more information on the only place in the continental U.S. to catch butterfly Peacock Bass e-mail me at floridafishing@bellsouth.net or click the signature links below.ImageImage
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass & Largemouth Bass

Postby BWS OutDoors » Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:31 pm

Nice fish and are these canals filled with both species of bass? Looks like fun if ever in that area... :clapping:
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass & Largemouth Bass

Postby allingeneral » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:36 am

Here are a couple of links that explain the introduction of Peacock Bass to Florida waters (1984 Dade and Broward counties) and it also goes on to give a little insight into the cohabitation of Largemouth and Peacock bass. A couple of specifics that I took from these links:

- Peacock bass are predatorial and are more aggressive than Largemouth. Where a Largemouth will ambush prey, Peacocks actually chase their prey down. This results in many anglers reporting catching 4 or 5 peacocks to every one largemouth.
- Peacocks don't like saltwater, so they will not migrate outside the canals and waterways into which tye were introduced.
- Peacocks will not survive in water temps below 60 degrees fahrenheit

That's enough for now..I don't want to completely spoil the links.. give them a quick read :)

Explanation of the species and habitat
http://www.floridaconservation.org/Fish ... ml#peacock

This seems to have been written several years ago, but certainly still applies.
http://www.floridaconservation.org/Fish ... 8-pea.html
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Re: South Florida Peacock Bass & Largemouth Bass

Postby BWS OutDoors » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:43 pm

Thanks for the links and sounds like a blast catching these fish... :fishin:
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