Peacock Bass

Peacock Bass

Peacock Bass Fishing Charters

  • Peak Season: Fall for schooling fish and spring for bedded pairs, but they bite year-round
  • Best Charter: Half Day Freshwater Fishing
  • Best Technique: Fast retrieve swimming plugs, live bait and top-water
  • Best Bait: Live minnows or fast-retrieve baits
  • Table Fare: Catch and Release Only


The peacock bass found in Miami are actually native to the Amazon River basin. They were actually introduced by FWC in the mid 80s in an attempt to control overly-abundant exotic forage fish. I’ll never understand their rationale of introducing an exotic species to eat other exotic species, but our freshwater fisherman are forever grateful.  

Due to temperature limitations, these fish are only located in the waterways of Miami and Broward County. Once you get north of Palm Beach, the fishery is pretty much nonexistent. Peacock bass fishing is a great way to enjoy one of the Amazon’s trophy game fish in a convenient urban setting.

Growing up, there isn’t an avid fisher-kid in Miami who didn’t spend some of their time sneaking around backyards throwing jigs at bedding peacocks along canal or lake banks. If you could get on a boat, it was pretty much game over. Peacock bass are hard fighters and VERY aggressive. Bedding fish will often strike just about anything from jigs to flies. Peacocks are pretty much incapable of turning down a live shiner as well.

Where We Fish

Most peacock guides fish the tranquil canals, lakes and bays of Dade County and the Florida Everglades. On peacock trips you could encounter Peacock Bass, Tarpon, Snook, cichlids, Jack Crevalles, Largemouth Bass. You might also catch a glimpse of a West Indian Manatee, American Alligator, Marina Iguana and many more interesting critters.