Bass (Spotted Peacock) Fishing (Cichla pinima)

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Bass (Spotted Peacock) Fishing (Cichla pinima)

The Spotted Peacock Bass is a beautifully colored, brutally tough freshwater game fish native to South America, but introduced to Florida.

How big

The different species of Peacock Bass can grow to some serious sizes, with catches of this one averaging between 6 and 15lbs.


Fish from this species are the largest fish in the Peacock Bass family. They inhabit warm waters of the Amazon and Orinoco River basins. There is also a sustainable stock in SE Florida, where they have been introduced in the 80's.

How to catch

These Bass fish are ferocious and have been known to obliterate life in waters they are introduced to. This is, of course, great for anglers, as they will hit a variety of bait, including spoons, plugs, streamer flies and popping bugs, but excluding plastic worms.

Good to eat?

They are very good table fare, however mostly a catch and release species in Florida for conservation purposes.