SPINNING OR BAITCASTING TACKLE

Take medium-heavy to heavy largemouth bass tackle, with long-handled 6- to 7-foot rods and good-quality reels of at least 100 yards capacity with high-speed retrieve ratios. Use rods with a firm-action tip to allow for accurate casting of heavy lures. Bring at least two rods and two reels.

For lines, we suggest “T &C Tufline” or “Power Pro” in 65 pound test or other brands of similar braided line. Steel leaders are not required while fishing for peacocks. Backup tackle is available at no cost to anglers, except in the case that you break the rod—then you will be charged $100 for a replacement—that fee is paid directly to the camp host.

SPINNING OR BAITCASTING LURES

We suggest these specific lures and jigs, but you may already have similar in your tackle box. As long as the size, color and action of the lure is similar, feel free to include lures you already own.

Topwater—a mixture of around 8-10 total lures

Name Size Color
Whopper Plopper 5” – 7 1/2” All colors
Barboleta Woodstock 5” All colors
Barboleta Jaraqui 6.7” All colors
Barboleta Nitro 2.0 4” All colors
Barboleta Juana 5 1/2” All colors

Diving minnows and sub surface—a mixture of around 8-10 total

Name Size Color
Yo-Zuri™ Crystal Minnow Sinking 5 -1/4” Red/White, Blue Tiger, Blue/Pink
Bomber Saltwater Long A 6” Gold, Silver
Rapala X-Rap Sub Walker 3 1/2” Gold, Clown
Borboleta Perversa 4” – 3/4 oz. All colors
Borboleta Safada 5” – 1.3 oz. All colors

Jigs—a mixture of around 12 total

Slevad brand or similar jigs in 1/2 oz., bucktail, all colors, with white or yellow underbelly. Flies such as listed below with 1/2 oz. worm weights also work well as jigs.

LURE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES

  • Whopper Plopper

    River2sea's 5 ½” – 7 ½” Whopper Plopper 190, designed by the legendary angler Larry Dahlberg, is his secret weapon for peacock bass. The soft, pliable tail rotates on the harness and creates muskie alluring rumbles at variety retrieve speeds and depths. The tail is designed to withstand the punishment rendered rocks, stumps and peacock bass.

    peacock-bass-fishing Whopper-Plopper
  • Borboleta Woodstock

    Borboleta's New 5” Woodstock Lures are hand-made wooden prop baits designed to catch peacock bass. They feature a single propeller on the back, 2 treble hooks and split rings.

    Borboleta Woodstock
  • Borboleta Jaraqui

    The Isca Borboleta Jaraqui are one of Brazil's hottest topwater lures for catching monster peacock bass! The Jaraqui measures 6.7" and features two 3/0 heavy duty treble hooks and a double prop on the back.

  • Borboleta Nitro 2.0

    Isca Borboleta's Nitro 2.0 is a 4" topwater bait with two propellers, the ultimate lures for peacock bass in S. America or S. Florida. Features 1/0 treble hooks. Made in Brazil, these lures are proven peacock bass catchers.

    Borboleta-Nitro-2.0
  • Barboleta Juana

    The Barboleta Juana is a 5.5" swim bait lure designed for salt and fresh water, with balanced weight for casting and rattles to attract predator fish. It is particularly good for attracting large peacock bass.

  • Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow

    The brilliant holographic laser tape finish of the 5 ¼” Crystal Minnow™ reflects all subsurface light and gives a gamefish a target even in murky water. The animated over-sized 3-D eyes and raised molded gill plate add to the realistic appearance. The Crystal Minnow™ features a realistic wiggling action and is equally effective worked in a twitch-stop-go manner or with a steady retrieve. Sinking models have a sink rate of 6"-12" per second.

    Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow
  • Bomber Saltwater Long A

    The Bomber Long A is a tough polycarbonate lure that imitates wounded baitfish and can be fished inshore or offshore for kingfish, peacock bass, grouper, snapper, barracuda, dolphin, snook, tarpon, striper and bluefish. It is equipped with saltwater grade hooks(1/0), hangers, and split rings. It has a cranking depth of 2-3 ft, a trolling depth of 4-6 ft, a 6" body at 7/8 oz.

    Bomber Saltwater Long A
  • Rapala X-Rap Sub Walk

    The walk-the dog action of the 3 ½” Rapala Sub Walk is perfect for catching large peacock bass. The Sub Walk swims just below the surface and is unaffected by choppy water, wind, or rough water. Unique lateral tail fin adds extra glide and stability to action. Slow-sinking on the pause triggers reaction bite. X-Rap finish; internal holographic foil, internal rattle system and 3D holographic eyes. VMC® SureSet® flash feather tail hook and black nickel belly hook.

    Rapala X-Rap Sub Walk
  • Borboleta Perversa

    Isca Borboleta's Perversa Lures are one of Brazil's most productive peacock bass lures. Don't let the size fool you, these lures catch the big ones. The Perversa is a 4" sub surface twitchbait that exhibits erractic action just below the surface.

    Borbeleta Perversa
  • Borboleta Safada

    Isca Borboleta's Safada Lures are the larger version one of Brazil's most productive peacock bass lures. The Safada is a 5" sub surface twitchbait that exhibits erractic action just below the surface.

    Borboleta Safada
  • Slavad Custom Bucktail Jigs

    Hand made bucktail jigs built from the highest quality bucktail fibers and hooks perfect for peacock bass.

    Slavad Bucktail Jig

For spinning and bait casting tackle and lures, contact:

J.W. Smith – (800) 211-4753 venture@rodgunresources.com 

Our recommendation for fish mounts:

Ron Kelly – Artistic Wildlife Gallery – (214) 663-5299  www.fishcreations.com.

FLY FISHING TACKLE

The aggressive jungle species are well suited to fly fishing.  At least two 9- or 10-weight rods are recommended.  Temple Fork Outfitters Professional Series II and Mangrove Series are good choices.  Reels should have a smooth drag, hold at least 100 yards of backing, and be spooled with a weight-forward, bass-taper floating line or clear sink-tip line such as Teeny Flats Line/Clear Tip or Rio Tropical Outbound Short/Clear Tip.  Bring a 200-300 grain fast sink-tip line for deeper water.  Use 40 to 60-pound monofilament for leader/tippet material.

 

Flies—a mixture of 40-80 minnow pattern flies and 6-12 poppers

 

 

Topwater Flies

  • bubble head popper topwater rainey

    Rainey's Bubblehead Popper

    Size: 2 to 4/0
    Colors: red, white, yellow, chartreuse, blue or combinations

Underwater Flies

We recommend minnow, deceiver and Clouser patterns (underwater), size 2 to 4/0; colors: chartreuse/white, blue/white, red/white, orange/white, yellow/white or combinations, all with flash (such as CF Baitfish, Clouser/Kreh’s Half & Half, Ehler’s Gator Done, Flashtail Whistler, Big Fish Deceiver, etc.)

Examples of Underwater Flies

  • Peacock Bass Fishing Articulated CF baitfish fly

    F-C Articulated Baitfish

    Size: 2 to 4/0
    Colors: chartreuse/white, blue/white, red/white, orange/white, yellow/white or combinations, all with flash

  • Peacock Bass Fishing Clouser-Kreh half half fly

    Clouser/Kreh's Half & Half

    Size: 2 to 4/0
    Colors: chartreuse/white, blue/white, red/white, orange/white, yellow/white or combinations, all with flash

  • FC Big Fish Deceiver peacock bass fly fishing

    FC Big Fish Deceiver

    Size: 2 to 4/0
    Colors: chartreuse/white, blue/white, red/white, orange/white, yellow/white or combinations, all with flash

For flies, contact Feather-Craft Fly Fishing
www.feather-craft.com
(800) 659-1707 or J.W. Smith 800-211-4753.