Fishing Report:

Peacock Bass Heating Up

Author: Albert Acosta

Peacock Bass Fishing in South Florida, heating up with warmer weather.

As the weather heats up in sunny South Florida there is one fish that gets  stronger and more mean than the others.... the Peacock Bass. They hate cold weather and they thrive in warm weather and waters. 

Peacock Bass on Bullbuster

"They will attack and destroy anything that enters this area with extreme prejudice!" 

I can honestly say that this fish becomes faster, hits harder, and fights stronger during the hot months. Also after our Florida winters....50-70 degrees... don't laugh the peas get ready to spawn. When they spawn the males and the female will make their beds(nests for eggs) in the shallows. It could be in sand patches, tree stumps and logs or rocks. During this time the male and female will defend this area with all their might. They will attack and destroy anything that enters this area with extreme prejudice! 

Before they get on their beds it's not uncommon for groups of peas to be swimming around looking for their mates. This time of year it's incredible peacock bass fishing. 

I primarily use artificial baits to target them. I'm going to share with you my favorite lures to target one of my favorite fish. Let's start with my rod reel service up. I use a medium action rod with a 40 series Quantum Cabo loaded with Bullbuster braid and fluorocarbon leader. I use the 30 lb fluorocarbon leader to prevent cut offs from big peas and snook that roam these same waters. 

Peacock Bass on Bullbuster

Now I'm going to share my favorite lures to target these fish. 

I love to use swimming minnow type lures in peacock bass, tilapia, baby bass, and Mayan patterns and colors.... the peas cannot resist them. 

I like the slow sinking/suspending type lures because it lets me work on top of water as well as different depths. 

I use shallow diving crankbaits as well that dive typically shallow 1-3 feet. When the peas are in the shallows this works great to run by them at fast speed to draw a viscous strike! I also like to use soft plastic swim / jerk baits.

 I use 1/4 jig head in red or yellow color with pearl or tiger pattern soft plastic swimming shad body type. This is perfect lure to get them in shallow water as well as when they are deeper around structure. It works great to dance around an area where you see them. 

Hope this helps you out and helps you catch more fish! Any questions about what lures I use just contact me via email and I will be more than glad to help you out. Take care and catch some fish ! 

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