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Recently took my gf fishing for bass and we hooked into a seven pound peacock bass! It was amazing. I would like to start targeting them more and wanted advice as to what lures works best for them. Any good bank fishing fishing opportunities in palm leach lauderdale area.

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Recently took my gf fishing for bass and we hooked into a seven pound peacock bass! It was amazing. I would like to start targeting them more and wanted advice as to what lures works best for them. Any good bank fishing fishing opportunities in palm leach lauderdale area.

 

That's a nice pea right there. Guesstimate or scaled 7lbs? Either way, to target them i usually fish some sort of jerk bait. I can't help you in regards to palm beach, I have heard however, that the Lake Ida chain of lakes are having a good rebound of pea's.  I know down here in Dade-County there are pea's just about in every canal. Just yesterday alone I saw about 4 nice one's. 

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Yeah, a 7lb pea is an excellent catch!

Hard and soft Jerk baits are my go to's for peas along with top water walk the dog and popper baits worked fast and erratic.

Look for any kind of ambush spot like storm drain, submerged docks or trees and similar. During warm days, they can get very active.

Not sure of any spots local to you as I'm also in Miami Dade. Good luck.

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#1 bait would be a #9 or #11 Rapala Stickbait. gold or silver

#2 Small spinnerbait white and yellow

#3 small rattletrap fire tiger

#4 - 100, live bait, live bait, live bait!!!

Lures you can't work them fast enough, at high noon on a sunny day.

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Palm Beach County is a different ball game than Miami-Dade, the peacocks are not as aggressive as they are further south.  It does take a bit more patience to catch them around Lake Ida, live bait is what mainly is being used now.  When they do get active around here I mainly sight cast for them, when I go to Miami I throw any bass lure.  A little tip, there is place here where the workers don't work lol, they fish for peacocks and mainly fish at first light.  The lure of choice with every single one of them is a roostertail, yes it works I've used them myself.  A plain 15 cent crappie jig is excellent as well.

 

I got turned on to a place in Boca a couple of weeks ago for peacocks, just had to go.  I ran into a couple of boaters that verified plenty of them were there, but only catching them on live bait now.

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It's great to hear that peacock's are making a come back. Our last big freeze in 09-10 really affected the peacock populations. Now if they could make a comeback in the glades that would be really fun. I still remember those days. 

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give the c11 canal a try. it runs along griffin road out west. tons of peacocks in there.

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Palm Beach County is a different ball game than Miami-Dade, the peacocks are not as aggressive as they are further south.  It does take a bit more patience to catch them around Lake Ida, live bait is what mainly is being used now.  When they do get active around here I mainly sight cast for them, when I go to Miami I throw any bass lure.  A little tip, there is place here where the workers don't work lol, they fish for peacocks and mainly fish at first light.  The lure of choice with every single one of them is a roostertail, yes it works I've used them myself.  A plain 15 cent crappie jig is excellent as well.

 

I got turned on to a place in Boca a couple of weeks ago for peacocks, just had to go.  I ran into a couple of boaters that verified plenty of them were there, but only catching them on live bait now.

its awesome to have them back in some parts of boca. there are still some canals near me that used to have them and still dont, no hope for those.

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It's great to hear that peacock's are making a come back. Our last big freeze in 09-10 really affected the peacock populations. Now if they could make a comeback in the glades that would be really fun. I still remember those days. 

in the glades? i know they are still in holiday park. what part of the glades are you talking ??

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in the glades? i know they are still in holiday park. what part of the glades are you talking ??

 

Several years ago, peacock's were all over the alley and US 27. After the freeze of 09-10 they were killed off. 

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Several years ago, peacock's were all over the alley and US 27. After the freeze of 09-10 they were killed off. 

they should be out there again, all those canals connect to holiday.

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they should be out there again, all those canals connect to holiday.

They should, but i have not heard of peacock being caught out of there in quite sometime.

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We scaled it at 6.85. It was huge. We caught three others that weren't nearly as big but were decent size. It was caught on lake ida from the shore in shallow water on a shiner free lined. I always bring live bait if I'm taking my girl fishing. This thing blitzed it as it hit the water. I've been back to that spot on my canoe several times and I've only caught one on an artificial. A 1/4 ounce chartuse rattletrap in chrome blue. I really want to head to miami to fish them, but I don't want to lug my canoe that far. Is there any good bank fishing spots that I could try by foot?

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I used to fish the tamiami canal all the time from miami to Naples for bass on the east side and snook on the west side but never hooked into a peacock bass. I had days where I would catch a dozen or so bass but didn't know anything about the peas until I caught one in lake ida by accident. They are fun for sure. This winter I will have to venture down there and keep a couple of rods rigged up for peacocks as well.

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I used to fish the tamiami canal all the time from miami to Naples for bass on the east side and snook on the west side but never hooked into a peacock bass. I had days where I would catch a dozen or so bass but didn't know anything about the peas until I caught one in lake ida by accident. They are fun for sure. This winter I will have to venture down there and keep a couple of rods rigged up for peacocks as well.

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I live near the turnpike in Delray, there were tons of peacocks in the canals around here, they all died off.  The only places I can catch peas are east of the freshwater spillways, usually located around Military Trail.  Right now I can't seem to catch them with artificial.  I did get turned on to a pond claiming to have 6 pounders, I think it was true as I caught one about 4 on my second cast.  Being private with no trespassing signs I haven't been back.

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I live near the turnpike in Delray, there were tons of peacocks in the canals around here, they all died off.  The only places I can catch peas are east of the freshwater spillways, usually located around Military Trail.  Right now I can't seem to catch them with artificial.  I did get turned on to a pond claiming to have 6 pounders, I think it was true as I caught one about 4 on my second cast.  Being private with no trespassing signs I haven't been back.

this pond in boca? i may know it

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give the c11 canal a try. it runs along griffin road out west. tons of peacocks in there.

 

Thanks for the tip. For pea's all I have to do is walk 1 block from my house and catch some decent ones if i wanted to. 

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this pond in boca? i may know it

Not Boca, a gated community in Boynton.

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