Name: Peacock Bass
Also know as: Tucanaré, Pavon
Scientific Name: Cichla Ocellaris
Description: This beautiful species is unmistakable in its appearance, this beautiful fish comes in many guises with the most common being a fish with a reddy brown coloured body. This body is broken up with vertical bars or spots which come in a wide array of colours. These fish have a spot on the tail which is said to be where they get their name Peacock from with the resemblance to the bird of the same name. The speckled peacock bass is the largest species and can grow up to 1 in length.
Average Size: These fish can reach sizes in excess of 20lb but the average size that are caught are around 6lb.
Where to catch: The Peacock Bass can be found in South America, North America, Europe and Asia. The main areas that are fished for Peacock Bass are the Southern American freshwater stretches such as the Amazon Basin in Brazil and the Panamanian rivers.
Fishing methods: The Peacock Bass is a ferocious predator in the waters it inhabits. Methods that are used to catch this fast and hard-hitting species include fly fishing from either boat or bank. This method of fishing accounts for many Peacock Bass, when the fly is drawn past the fish it entices them to feed, resulting in a hook up as the fish hits the fly.
Another way to fish for the Peacock Bass is by casting artificial lures from either bank or boat. When fished either on the surface or sub-surface, these lures will create a disturbance in the water tapping into the predatory instinct of these fish and therefore resulting in some truly amazing takes.