Florida Peacock Bass Fishing Charters

Florida Peacock Bass Fishing Charters

Top Florida Peacock Bass Fishing Destinations

Best Peacock Bass Fishing Charters in Florida

Peacock Bass Fishing in Florida

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

(Cichla)

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.
 

Florida Peacock Bass Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Peacock Bass 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.
Florida
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Peacock Bass Fishing in Florida

Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Yes, we had a blessed fun time, lovely weather and Jamie took care of everything we needed help with! Amy and Steve Johnson ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, we had a blessed fun time, lovely weather and Jamie took care of everything we needed help with! Amy and Steve Johnson ??
Marco Fishing Company
Marco Fishing Company
The boat is nice size and well maintained. The captains of this company are professional, kind, patient, and highly knowledgeable. They will make sure you catch a lot of fish and have fun doing it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The boat is nice size and well maintained. The captains of this company are professional, kind, patient, and highly knowledgeable. They will make sure you catch a lot of fish and have fun doing it!
Ultimate Fishing Adventures–Holmes
Ultimate Fishing Adventures–Holmes
Bring plenty of water or something to drink. Wear shoes that are okay to get wet. If you are fishing during the day wear sunscreen or long sleeves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of water or something to drink. Wear shoes that are okay to get wet. If you are fishing during the day wear sunscreen or long sleeves.
Panama City Guide Fishing
Panama City Guide Fishing
Book with Captain Tim O’Malley - Knotical Adventures Two aboard The Wild Child!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Tim O’Malley - Knotical Adventures Two aboard The Wild Child!!!
Knotical Adventures Two – The Wild Child
Knotical Adventures Two – The Wild Child
Stay friendly with the captain and tip well and they will hook you up right and take real good care of you
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay friendly with the captain and tip well and they will hook you up right and take real good care of you
Old Town Charters  *Veteran Owned*
Old Town Charters *Veteran Owned*
Fish with Captain Robert - very knowledgeable and knows where to find the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish with Captain Robert - very knowledgeable and knows where to find the fish!
Fishbuster Charters
Fishbuster Charters
Was incredible early on, and then the heat came in. But it’s Florida in July, what do you expect! We had a blast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Was incredible early on, and then the heat came in. But it’s Florida in July, what do you expect! We had a blast
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Tail Gator Charters
Tail Gator Charters
Private fishing charters should be able to use the boat docks. That private stuff is for the birds because nobody owns the Ocean but God. Just stupid to make them use a boat ramp.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Private fishing charters should be able to use the boat docks. That private stuff is for the birds because nobody owns the Ocean but God. Just stupid to make them use a boat ramp.
Fightin' Bottom Charters – Alligator Point
Fightin' Bottom Charters – Alligator Point
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
It’s definitely hot, but not unbearable. I’d recommend proper sun protection and be sure to pack plenty of water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s definitely hot, but not unbearable. I’d recommend proper sun protection and be sure to pack plenty of water.
Beyond Fishing Charters – St. Pete
Beyond Fishing Charters – St. Pete
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Tides can be higher in summer so make sure you can dive for the scallops in 4-8ft of water. If you’re bringing your kids make sure they are really good swimmers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tides can be higher in summer so make sure you can dive for the scallops in 4-8ft of water. If you’re bringing your kids make sure they are really good swimmers.
5 Star Fishing
5 Star Fishing
Summer can be a challenge to fish. Thankfully knowledgeable guides like Jason can ensure it’s a good trip no matter what.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Summer can be a challenge to fish. Thankfully knowledgeable guides like Jason can ensure it’s a good trip no matter what.
Neptune Fishing Charters
Neptune Fishing Charters
I think depending in heat and child the boat maybe a little hot due to shade. Ensure to bring hats and sunscreen. Other than that. It was a great trip. Capt Taylor was awesome!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
I think depending in heat and child the boat maybe a little hot due to shade. Ensure to bring hats and sunscreen. Other than that. It was a great trip. Capt Taylor was awesome!
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Wicked Cuda Sport Fishing
Can be warm, but able to drink and enjoy the time. Recommend sunscreen and a patient attitude. Fish are biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Can be warm, but able to drink and enjoy the time. Recommend sunscreen and a patient attitude. Fish are biting.
Sarasota Sport Fishing, Fish Guaranteed!
Sarasota Sport Fishing, Fish Guaranteed!
Check out photos posted by the Captains and customers. That helped me choose the right boat and captain. Always bring plenty of sun screen .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out photos posted by the Captains and customers. That helped me choose the right boat and captain. Always bring plenty of sun screen .
Royal Sea Excursions
Royal Sea Excursions
Make sure you go in the morning during the summer as the afternoons are very hot. Book with Sea Dancer as the captain knows exactly where to go and how to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you go in the morning during the summer as the afternoons are very hot. Book with Sea Dancer as the captain knows exactly where to go and how to catch fish.
Sea Dancer Charters
Sea Dancer Charters
Tell the capt. What your looking for. She is able to adjust the locations to get you the experience you would like.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tell the capt. What your looking for. She is able to adjust the locations to get you the experience you would like.
Emerald Coast Charters – 46'
Emerald Coast Charters – 46'