Peacock Bass

Peacock Bass

Peacock Bass Miami
  • 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

Peacock Bass Fishing Charters


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.

Our good friend and freshwater specialist Captain Abie Raymond is happy to help you knock these species off your bucket list. Feel free to give us a call, and we'll help you coordinate a trip.

About The Captain

Capt. Abie was born and raised in Miami Beach. He has fished the inshore waters of Miami and the Florida Everglades since he could walk. Fishing continues to be his passion, and he prides himself on treating all of his anglers like family. Abie also studied under the world-famous Capt. Bouncer Smith for over a decade, full time.

About The Boat

Capt Abie guides out of his 17 foot “HOOG Hornet”. The Hornet is a legendary South Florida light tackle skiff built in Dade County. It’s famous for its fish-ability, but mainly it’s amazingly dry and soft ride in choppy conditions. It’s very comfortable for Abie and 2 anglers.

Where We Fish

Capt. Abie fishes the tranquil canals, lakes and bays of Dade County and the Florida Everglades. On your trip, 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.

What To Bring

  • Your food and drinks
  • Polarized Sunglasses and sun protection gear are nice down here in the south Florida sun and help anglers see the fish better as we do a lot of sight casting.
  • Gratuity is optional, but Capt. Abie usually receives about 20% at the end of the trip.

Peacock Bass Charter Pricing

  • Half day/4 hours: $500
  • 3/4 day/6 hours:  $750
  • Full day/8 hours: $1000

How To Book

  • Call or text Capt. Abie directly at (305) 775-5197
  • You will talk directly to him.
  • Texting is usually better, as Capt. Abie is usually fishing and focusing on finding the fish.
  • It takes less than 3 minutes to book a trip, just text him as if you were texting a buddy. You will be buddies by the end of the trip.
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