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Old 05-16-2018, 07:36 PM   #1
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I have some flight credits that I need to burn and was thinking about heading to Miami for some Peacock Bass, or whatever.

Anyone done this before and have any input or recommendations?

I appreciate your thoughts.

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Old 05-16-2018, 07:41 PM   #2
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I fished with Alan Zaremba a few years ago and had an incredible day sight fishing for them on beds. It might be a little too late for that this year. I think the final count in about 5hours was 17 with 2-3 over 4lbs.

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Old 05-16-2018, 08:39 PM   #3
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I want to go big with a Amazon trip soon. Checked out around Ecuador and they still use a lot of dynamite to fish. Fish population is way down................
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:09 PM   #4
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I fished with Alan Zaremba a few years ago and had an incredible day sight fishing for them on beds. It might be a little too late for that this year. I think the final count in about 5hours was 17 with 2-3 over 4lbs.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=586945
Alan Zaremba for sure...caught a 4.5lb and a 7.25lb plus a ton of smaller fish all on the fly. Keep an open mind, it's 'different' as you're fishing residential canals, but a lot of fun!

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Old 05-16-2018, 09:35 PM   #5
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I had a great time, It’s a super fun trip. Be sure to take bait for Midas cichlids and go for clown knife fish as well
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:36 PM   #6
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I had a great time, Itís a super fun trip. Be sure to take bait for Midas cichlids and go for clown knife fish as well
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Fished with Frank (Hawghunter) a couple of years ago, and my wife and I had a blast and caught lots of peacocks up to 6lbs.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:05 AM   #7
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Whatís a trip cost to do it in the Amazon?


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Old 05-17-2018, 02:29 AM   #8
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Alan Zaremba for sure...caught a 4.5lb and a 7.25lb plus a ton of smaller fish all on the fly. Keep an open mind, it's 'different' as you're fishing residential canals, but a lot of fun!

wow, gret mate!
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:59 AM   #9
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5k and up. I was scheduled to fish there in 2016 and the guy I was going with got hurt in a wreck a month before we were to leave.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:50 AM   #10
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Not exactly Miami but we used South Florida Bass Charters in Del Ray Beach area this past summer. Capt Bill was great with my kids and they caught alot of fish. Peacocks, Largemouths, Gar, and Clown Knife Fish.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:53 AM   #11
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I am just curious, why are these only in FL?
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:57 AM   #12
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Fished lake Ida a couple of years ago in July. They were spawning at that time. The fish are great to catch and the wife and I had a blast. Went through an organization called bass online. Guide fees are very reasonable there. Capt. Brett was good. It's different fishing for sure.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:00 AM   #13
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I am just curious, why are these only in FL?

Warmer water I believe.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:21 AM   #14
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I am just curious, why are these only in FL?
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Warmer water I believe.
Kinda

The state intentionally began releasing peacock bass in those waterways to help fight Somme other type of invasive fish
They started in the mid80s

But the warm water definitely helps them grow
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:47 AM   #15
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The state intentionally began releasing peacock bass in those waterways to help fight Somme other type of invasive fish
They started in the mid80s

But the warm water definitely helps them grow
That makes sense. Was just curious why we don't have them in LA with similar climate and water.

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Old 05-17-2018, 12:05 PM   #16
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Fished with Captain Kevin Cannon many times, they fish from Palm Beach to Miami.

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Old 05-17-2018, 12:19 PM   #17
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Fished with Captain Kevin Cannon many times, they fish from Palm Beach to Miami.

https://www.instagram.com/peacock_bass_adventures/

That looks like a blast. Putting that on the list for next year.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:06 PM   #18
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By doing some quick looking, it seems like Miami is a better option than South America. Has anyone made a trip outside the US for Peacock Bass recently and can advise?
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:19 PM   #19
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I think they grow bigger in SA and I can only imagine what a 12lber would fight like!
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:29 PM   #20
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My dad went to Venezuela (Pre-Chavez) and they were catching them to 20lbs.

He said they would **** near rip the rod out of your hand. I will tell you they are VERY tasty.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:45 PM   #21
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They tried to stock them in Texas. They never took. Dumped them in Alcoa, Trading house, Bastrop and Coleto Creek in the late 70's and early 80's.

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Old 05-17-2018, 05:01 PM   #22
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By doing some quick looking, it seems like Miami is a better option than South America. Has anyone made a trip outside the US for Peacock Bass recently and can advise?
I have been to Brazil 3 times, most recently was 2011 I believe. If you want to just catch a Peacock I would go to Miami. Flying in to the jungle and staying on a floating cabin is a whole other adventure that I hope I can do a few more times. The first Peacock I ever caught was 20.5# so I got spoiled pretty quick.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:41 PM   #23
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While there go SNAKE HEAD fishing

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Old 05-18-2018, 09:53 AM   #24
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Fished with Captain Kevin Cannon many times, they fish from Palm Beach to Miami.

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ok.. I said next year. After I talked to Capt Kevin yesterday, I booked a trip for me and the wife for this Labor day weekend.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:27 AM   #25
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By doing some quick looking, it seems like Miami is a better option than South America. Has anyone made a trip outside the US for Peacock Bass recently and can advise?
If you just want a quick, cheap trip to catch a Peacock then absolutely. If you want an adventure and the potential to catch a monster, Florida doesn't even enter the conversation.
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Old 06-27-2018, 10:14 PM   #26
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Still in Miami now and had an amazing day hammering the peacocks. I have to say you need to do this at least once. I did a full day trip and put well over 30 in the boat from 1-7.75 pounds. They donít get much bigger here in Miami from what I was told. But let me tell you the 7.75 pounder was my dream for the US. my guide also does amazon trips I will be looking into next year.
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:20 PM   #27
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Lived in a hammock on a tributary of the Rio negro for four months. Unfortunately, it was the dry season (that's a relative term). Where we were the river was alkaline so no mosquitoes. Won't find that in Florida. In the Amazon you grow big or get eaten. I want to go back down and fish for real some time.

Those are nice fish. Glad you got into them.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:10 AM   #28
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Very nice Peacock!

I've got to get back and get a trip booked with Captain John --- same guy we caught Goliath grouper with earlier this year.

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Old 06-28-2018, 08:24 AM   #29
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I have been to Brazil 3 times, most recently was 2011 I believe. If you want to just catch a Peacock I would go to Miami. Flying in to the jungle and staying on a floating cabin is a whole other adventure that I hope I can do a few more times. The first Peacock I ever caught was 20.5# so I got spoiled pretty quick.
Miami kind of is it's own jungle!!!
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:26 AM   #30
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Really sweet trips guys!!!
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:00 AM   #31
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Been fishing the Rio Negro twice. More than an adventure for sure.
Caught 10-20 a day, peacock and butterfly peacock.
Piranha, red tail catfish, some prehistoric looking catfish and caymen.
My BIL caught a freshwater stingray that was over 6 ft wide.

Norm Hitzges was on the boat first trip, he is a character.
Second trip I scheduled it during carnival in Manaus. now that was interesting.

Would love to make that trip one more time.
Will look for some pictures
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Been fishing the Rio Negro twice. More than an adventure for sure.
Caught 10-20 a day, peacock and butterfly peacock.
Piranha, red tail catfish, some prehistoric looking catfish and caymen.
My BIL caught a freshwater stingray that was over 6 ft wide.

Norm Hitzges was on the boat first trip, he is a character.
Second trip I scheduled it during carnival in Manaus. now that was interesting.

Would love to make that trip one more time.
Will look for some pictures
I'd really like to see pictures. Mine were all stolen. I'd like to see what manaus looks like now.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:44 AM   #33
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If you go to Miami, don't just chase peacocks. You could do that in a day, then spend some time in Flamingo chasing Snook, tarpon, redfish etc. or Biscayne going after bonefish, tarpon and permit.
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:36 AM   #34
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[QUOTE=offshore2005;13454256]Still in Miami now and had an amazing day hammering the peacocks. I have to say you need to do this at least once. I did a full day trip and put well over 30 in the boat from 1-7.75 pounds. They donít get much bigger here in Miami from what I was told. But let me tell you the 7.75 pounder was my dream for the US. my guide also does amazon trips I will be looking into next year.
http://www.peacockadventures.com
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As a local we never get tired of fishing those canals & we know peacocks are growing in numbers & size, glad you had a good trip
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:50 PM   #35
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Man this thread is awesome. Going to FL for the first time in a few weeks and now I wish we were going to the other side of the state!

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I need to dig out the photos but here is a water scene i had done.


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Old 07-03-2018, 12:05 PM   #37
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Definitely a bucket list fish.
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:38 AM   #38
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:53 AM   #39
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I need to dig out the photos but here is a water scene i had done.
Man...that's some incredible taxidermy work. I bet that wasn't cheap.
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:02 PM   #40
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I been to the Rio Negro Lodge in the Amazon, that was just before it went down, it was a good trip, I would not go back but I am happy I went, its a once in a life type trip for me.
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Man...that's some incredible taxidermy work. I bet that wasn't cheap.
Not cheap is correct..
The guys from ForkTaxadermy did the work.

They spent 3-4 weeks on the Rio Negro catching and molding fish.

Clayton brothers do great work..

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I took the recommendation for Alan Z and booked a day while we are here in Miami. Just caught my first peacock and it was on the fly!!!




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I took the recommendation for Alan Z and booked a day while we are here in Miami. Just caught my first peacock and it was on the fly!!!




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Bonus fish for the wife!


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Old 07-27-2018, 11:56 AM   #45
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Awesome Doc! Keep the pics rolling!
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That's awesome! I wish snook were more prevalent in Texas. All it took was to see one monster inhale my fly and they instantly jumped up into one of my favorite fish.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:55 PM   #49
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Awesome, glad Alan put y'all on the fish!
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Talked to Capt Kevin today to confirm all the details. My wife and I are fishing with him over Labor Day weekend. Cant wait to catch a few with my Fly Rod.
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