The Butterfly Peacock Bass Cichla Ocellaris / Cichla Monoculus
The Peacock Cichlid, also called the Peacock Bass, is found from Central America down through the Amazon waterways. Its name comes from the ocellus at the base of the tail reminiscent of a peacock's plumage, and from the fact that its shape and habits superficially resemble North America's Largemouth Bass.
The predominant peacock bass species we have in Peru are the Cichla Ocellaris known as the “Butterfly Peacock Bass”. The butterfly peacock bass is a yellowish-green color, with three black bars on the side and often with red-orange pectoral, caudal and anal fins. They have massive mouths, and voracious appetites making explosive strikes ability to break heavy lines and straightens hooks. Typically size up to 12 pounds and are not as large as its big brother, the Cichla Temensis that are popular fishing targets in Brazil.
Jungle Summer time (July through November) is the best time to fish for peacock bass in Peru. During these months the rivers and lakes are low and clean, making good scenery for presenting the lures or flies.
The rivers of Amazonia are lined with lagoons of all shapes, sizes, depths and configurations. In most rivers and under most conditions, the great majority of peacocks are caught in lagoons. The interiors of lagoons provide sheltered grazing and breeding areas for forage fish that make up the majority of the peacock's diet while offering a wide range of structure and cover for hunting, spawning and fry guarding peacocks. The mouths of lagoons are often particularly attractive to fish because of their transitional nature, interfacing the flowing water of the river with the still waters of the lagoon.
Peacock Bass river fishing is relatively unproductive. Sometimes, however, in certain fisheries, anglers will have opportunities to successfully pursue peacock bass in the rivers themselves. River fishing becomes most productive when water levels are extremely low and lagoons become too shallow and too hot.
Cast and retrieve as fast as you can, the more time your lure is in the water and in front of fish, the more likely you are to catch them. The more productive a lure used for a specific circumstance, the greater the probability of a hookup. The greater the number of effective techniques you use, the more likely you are to entice a strike. All of these factors interact with each other multiplying (or dividing) your chances for success. Optimizing the numerical factors lets you win at the "numbers game".
SAMPLE OF THE TRIP
(4 Days, 3 Nights, 2 Fishing Days)
DAY 1: Iquitos
Reception at Iquitos International Airport. Transfer to the dock to take a fast boat. After 2 hours boat ride we stop for lunch. After a little rest we continue for one more hour till we reach the community of "Santa Rosa" on the shore of "Atun caño creek". The place we are going to stay is a built on style jungle hut. For large groups we provide a House Boat. Organize the tackle for the next day, dinner, overnight.
DAY 2 AND 3: Fishing at Atun Caño Lake
Very early in the morning a delicious breakfast will be served and then we will proceed to the lake for a beautiful fishing day. Be aware that there are chances to catch 12 pounder (or more) Peacock bass on this lake. Every cast brings you hope and excitement that you will be able to hook and land one of this big fish, even though the average weight is 4 to 8 pounds.
Return to the base hut, where a delicious lunch will be ready. Drinking water as well as cold soft drinks will be offered After relaxing for a few moments on a nice hammock, we will go back to the lake again and try to catch more Amazonian fish!
Dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: Fishing at Isana Lake
After breakfast, very early in the morning, we shall go back to the "Isana" lake to try to catch more fish. Afterwards, we will go back to the hut and get ready to go back to Iquitos. After getting on board the boat, we will navigate upriver, stop on the way for lunch. At proper time, transfer to Iquitos city, to the airport or the hotel according to your program or itinerary.
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SUGGESTIONS FOR PEACOCK BASS FISHING
Sportfishing Peru provide only spinning tackle for this trip but you can bring your own. Our fishing techniques are spinning, casting and fly-fishing from aluminum boats. Please take a moment to read and consider our recommendations. Peacock Bass are a strong fish, very fast. They lives closer to the trees, wood and it is a perfect predator.
We suggest at least 2 rods of medium-heavy action, from 6'6" or 7 foot.
Bait casting or Spinning.
As the same of the rods, at least two reels with a capacity for 200 yards of a 10 pounds line. Must be strong reels with a minimum of 3 ball bearings. Spinning tackle can be very effective for peacock bass fishing and is most appropriate when working small to medium-sized topwater lures, jerkbaits, spoons and bucktail jigs, but is not as effective when fishing large topwater plugs.
For many peacock bass anglers, one of the biggest break-through to help them catch more fish has been the advent of the new braided "superlines". We suggest bringing sizes from 30 to 50 pounds. Anglers that simply just won't fish with braided line should select a monofilament line with similar characteristics as the super-line, that being low stretch, abrasion resistant and the heaviest break strength for the diameter. For large topwater lures consider using between 17 and 30 pound monofilament.
Peacock bass takes a large variety of lures, include in your tackle box a combination of sizes and colors of Topwater lures, Walking Baits, propeller Riping Baits, poppers, Sub-surface Lures, Jerkbaits, Rattling Baits, Casting spoons and Bugtail Jigs. Lure's colors like fire tigers, oranges and chartreuses are the favorites.
About the size of the lure, from 3½ to 5 inches is ok. Take a special look in the hooks; have to be extra strong.
FLY FISHING TACKLE
A 9 foot, 8 or 9 weight rod with a medium to fast action. Reels should hold a floating weight forward line. Use a 15 to 20 LB backing line. Consider 12-20 pounds leaders and tippets. The Peacock Bass take a variety of large bucktail streamers, deceivers, medium size poppers in same combination of colors like lures; red, white, yellow, blue, with flash, but prefer heavily dressed.
GEAR AND OTHER THINGS TO BRING
· Long sleeved shirts for fishing (3)
· Long pants for fishing (3)
· Short sleeved shirts for camp or fishing (2)
· Short pants for camp or fishing (2)
· T Shirts (2)
· Caps (2)
· Sun Screen Lotion
· Tennis or deck shoes (2)
· Camera & or camcorder
· Pen Light
· Medications & medicines
· Good repellent
· Toilet articles
1. We recommend that you take a backpack or small suitcase with only essential items. All big luggage, documents or values and other items can be stored in our offices for your convenience.
2. Programs may vary according to flight arrival / departure changes or weather conditions.
3. For this program we recommend to take morning flights to Iquitos and your returning flight to Lima in the afternoon.
4. Departures from Iquitos to the Lodge is at 08:30 am
5. Departures from the Lodge to Iquitos is at 14:00 pm
WHAT'S SPORTFISHING PERU PROVIDES
We provides professional American Style fishing guides, Conventional fishing tackle, aluminum fishing boats for two anglers, the accommodations on a Eco Lodge and or Jungle Hut, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), soft drinks during the fishing.