May 07, 2013
The Peacock Cichlid, Cichla Ocellaris
Bass-like shape and large mouth with underslung jaw. Very colorful—green to black dorsal surface with yellow or cream-colored sides, marked by vertical black bars, and one huge black spot with a white margin—the “peacock eye”—on the upper lobe of the caudal fin. Large males also have a red stripe on side and a pronounced hump forward of the dorsal fin. A similar and larger species, the speckled peacock, Cichla temensis, was introduced along with this one, but did not adapt and is now rarely seen.
Butterfly Bass, Butterfly Cichlid, Butterfly Peacock
Averages 1-2 pounds; lunkers run 3-5 pounds; maximum is perhaps 8 or 9 pounds.World record 12 pounds, 9 ounces; Florida record 9.08 pounds.
Hard striker and strong, acrobatic fighter. Most anglers consider it tougher than a largemouth of equal size. As an added bonus for sleep-in anglers, peacocks do not like to bite early in the morning—or at night.
TACKLE AND BAITS
Rather light spinning and baitcasting tackle with lines testing up to 12 or 15 pounds. Live shiners are almost a can’t-miss bait, but many anglers prefer to cast with lures. Among the best offerings are topwater plugs, crankbaits and spoons, worked steadily and fairly fast. Skip plastic worms; peacock bass don’t like them at all. For flies, try large streamers—marabou seems particularly appealing—and strip them quickly.
Casting; Still Fishing; Trolling.
A warm-water species restricted to deep canals and their adjacent lakes in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area (Dade and Broward Counties). Those waters have depths where the temperature never falls below the peacock’s tolerance level, even during the occasional freeze.The species may creep northward during protracted warm periods, but outside Dade and Broward it is subject to being killed back during a harsh winter.
Like the largemouth bass that share its waters, peacocks usually stick close to grass or other structure.
FS forum member Captain Shane Procell with his son holding up a good size peacock bass1
Another picture posted by forum member Captain Shane Procell with some more nice size peacock bass!
FS member limaymiami with a peacock bass
Peacock bass caught by FS forum member limaymiami.
Another peacock caught by forum member limaymiami.
South Florida Peacock
Forum member PeacockFever lives up to his name, showing off this nice peacock bass.
11 year old Luis, caught this beautiful peacock bass while fishing in his neighborhood lake in Davie, on a blue and purple worm
Noam caught this big Peacock Bass in Ft.Lauderdale
Richard smiles with his Miami canal peacock bass
Lake Ida Peacock Bass
Forum member 23T and his dad's highlight of the day. A double header peacock hit on live shiners.
Nice peacock bass caught by forum member aladro while fishing Miami lakes
FS member UrbanAnglerMiami guided this young angler to a very nice peacock bass.
Pembroke Pines Peacock
Hector Gomez caught this peacock bass on a private lake in Pembroke Pines.
Kayla Wann, age 9, with her 5-pound peacock bass she caught in Homestead, Florida.
Brendan Rodriguez, 4 years old, with a peacock bass caught on a small lake in Miami, FL.
Florida Sportsman member Mclovin caught this peacock bass while fishing from the shore.
Buck Fuller caught two hungry peacock bass on a single cast!