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Best Bass (Peacock) Fishing Charters in Florida

Top Bass (Peacock) Fishing Charters in Florida

Bass (Peacock)

Bass (Peacock)

  • Size 6 to 15lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake

Bass (Peacock) Fishing in Florida

Over the past couple of decades, the Peacock Bass fishing Florida has to offer has become incredibly popular, and it’s hardly a surprise. Up until the mid 1980’s, going after this colorful fighter was only possible in South America. Then they were introduced to the canals of South Florida, and the rest is history.
Anglers who've had the chance to come face-to-gills with Butterfly Peacock Bass will confirm that they are fierce and acrobatic fighters, which makes them very fun to catch. Witnessing the jumps of these aggressive feeders is a sight to behold and makes the whole experience memorable.

When to Go

One of the main advantages of Peacock Bass fishing is that it’s available year round. The average size of these beauties is around 2 pounds, though you can find 5 lb lunkers during the high season, from February to June.
During the summer, the bite will subside a bit, but will pick up again by the end of September. You can expect decent action until December, especially because the Peacock start spawning in November and become even more aggressive.
This is a great opportunity to land massive fish that weigh anywhere from 5–7 pounds. In the winter, the fish are hiding in deeper waters, under ledges and rocks, to stay warm. During the summer, they move more freely, and you can catch them in the shallower and open waters.
Unless you’re a local who knows exactly where to go, hiring a guide to show you the way to your catch is a good idea. There are captains in South Florida who specialize in targeting Peacock Bass and you can book a day on the water with them without breaking the bank.
There are half day trips available for around $275 for a group of 4 people and these are a great option if you’ve got 3–4 hours to spend on the water. If you’re in the mood for longer expeditions, the prices for a full day trip are in the $550 range. You can book specialized Peacock Bass excursions, or opt in for a mixed bag of catch and target other inshore favorites like Snook, other Bass species, and Tarpon.

What to Expect

When you see a blur of vivid colors looking for food in the clear waters, there’s no mistake, you’re on the trail of Peacock Bass. Few fish are as beautiful and colorful as this guy, and few will give you that much of a show before you get them into the boat.
Peacock Bass love warm temperatures and are unable to survive in water below 60ºF. That being said, they also like to stay out of the direct sun and you’ll find them around underwater structures and other shaded areas. That means you can cast your line around bridge pylons, big rocks, and deep drop offs and get bite after bite.
Because Peacock Bass are voracious and incredibly aggressive, live bait works wonders to attract them to your hook. The most productive choice are golden shiners (about 3 inches long), which are also called “Peacock shiners” in South Florida. Fly fishing for Peacock Bass is also very popular in this area and is a thrill of local fly rodders. If you prefer artificial lures, crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits work like a charm.
You’ll want to use light lines and lures in natural colors to get the Peacock to bite. Bear in mind that bigger bait will attract bigger fish, but smaller bait is more productive (though the catch will be smaller, too).
Pro tip – when the fins of the fish are completely dark that means they’re paired up and there’s a solid chance you’ll get a double hookup and catch both male and female if you act fast.

Where to Go

The stretch of over 300 miles from Palm Beach County to Key Largo is the home of Peacock Bass. The countless canals in Broward and Dade counties are their playground and this fishery is as prolific as it is sustainable.
Some of the best spots to target these bad boys are Snapper Creek Canal on the border of Kendall and Miami. Snake Creek is another Bass treasure trove. Other cities in South Florida like Naples, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando are also known for their excellent Peacock Bass action.

How to Prepare

The Peacock Bass fishing Florida boasts doesn’t need a lot of preparation. When you go fishing with a charter captain, you’ll have quality fishing equipment on the boat, and you’re welcome to bring your own as well. What you’ll need to bring are a valid Florida freshwater fishing license, drinks, food, sun protection, and good fishing company. If you’d like to chase something exotic without traveling thousands of miles, then Peacock Bass is definitely worth your time.
Bass (Peacock)

Bass (Peacock)

  • Size 6 to 15lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake

Florida Bass (Peacock) Fishing Seasons

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Bass (Peacock) fishing in Florida varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to July. Low season is January to February and October to December. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Bass (Peacock) Fishing in Florida

"Awesome fly fishing trip with Dave"

Denis O'shea fished with Bass Fishing Musician on February 9, 2020

Amazing day in the Everglades. I caught over 40 fish on fly, 7 different species, including 2 Peacock Bass - which I was targeting. Dave and I insulted each other all day and had a lot of laughs. We also got up close and personal with some gators. Terrific day out, thanks! Denis

"Amazing 2 hour morning fishing trip"

Claire Bradbury fished with Native Bass Fishing Charters – Lake on February 8, 2020

Both me and my partner were brand new to fishing, and Austin couldn’t have been a better captain!! He had us casting and catching fish within no time! Caught some Bass and even a Catfish! We will do a longer fishing trip next time, and definitely with Austin! Brilliant day, thank you! 😊

"3/4 Trip With Captain Steve Stone"

John Garofalo fished with Honey Do Charters on February 8, 2020

Honey Dew Charters is a must if you're fishing in the Keys. Captain Steve is Extremely knowledgeable of the area and all species available. With all the baits and expertise needed to catch them. Conveniently located behind Bass Pro in beautiful Islamorada. Excellent boat , Great Gear and Tackle, all with a smile and southern hospitality personality. Great experience will book Again for sure

"1/2 Day"

William Milburn fished with Sunrise Fishing Adventures on January 23, 2020

Gulf winds delayed our starting time but they communicated clearly. Caught about 50 total mostly Sea Bass using live shrimp. A little disappointed in size but quantity was good. He filleted our catch and recommended a restaurant that would cook them up. Overall a good day on the water.

"Half day trip with JP"

Michelle Medlock fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on November 17, 2019

We had an amazing time on our fishing trip. We were put on fish the entire day and caught so many different kinds, including Peacock Bass which is what we were after. We will be back and we will fish with JP again!!!!

"Half Day with the LEGEND!"

John Kolkmeyer fished with Bass Whisper Guide – Fort Lauderdale on July 27, 2019

Trip of a lifetime. Johnny Coronado (THE Bass Whisperer) is a stud. We absolutely knocked it out of the park. I highly recommend his guide service. We got seven different species of fish and caught some absolute hogs!!!
Based on 15,084 reviews by FishingBooker anglers