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Conventional Tackle

PEACOCK BASS CONVENTIONAL TACKLE EQUIPMENT LIST

Peacock Bass are considered one of the hardest-hitting and most aggressive game fish in the world!  Explosive top-water strikes are their “claim to fame”.  Landing Peacock Bass will require using tough equipment.  To give you the advantage, we are providing this “tried & true” equipment list for Peacock Bass fishing. If you wish to purchase, and carry, your own Peacock Bass fishing equipment, you may consider checking out our suggested list below.

Our complimentary professional rod/reel packages include 2 rods, 2 spooled reels, Line and Hooks!

  • Two fully spooled and well maintained casting rod outfits all specific for Peacock Bass and other Amazon species.  NOTE:  You may bring your own reels if you so desire.
  • *There may be a minimal fee for the cost of broken tackle.

Bringing Your Own Tackle?

We recommend the following for fishermen bringing their own Peacock Bass tackle:

RODS

Casting

3+ Medium/Heavy to Heavy Action 6’6” – 7’ rods. NOTE:  Best Rods also have a long handle.  When retrieving a large prop-bait, such as a Big Game Woodchopper, it is best to position your rod butt on your hip to gain leverage and assist in pulling the bait through the water.  Short aggressive jerks allow the prop-bait to buzz louder, throw more water and attract more strikes!

Spinning

You may fish for Peacock Bass with spinning equipment if that is what you are comfortable fishing with.  Bring 7’ Medium-Heavy rods with good quality light-saltwater reels lined with 50-60 lb braided line.  To be honest, the casting rod’s stiffness, cast-ability, accuracy, and balance make it a much better choice for Peacock Bass fishing.  The Amazon is the perfect place to learn and master the bait casting techniques; the days are beautiful, the fishing is hot, and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

Fly Fishing

Refer to our fly fishing equipment list for recommended equipment.

Casting

Good quality, strong drag, fast retrieve ratio (6.0:1-6.3:1).  We recommend:

  1. Top of the line: Shimano Curado, Chronarch, Calais or Abu Garcia.
  2. Less expensive, but still capable:  Pfluger low profile Trion or Abu 6500 C4 in a 6.3 retrieve.

Line

60-80 lb braided fishing line made by Tuffline, Magibraid or Power-Pro.

LURES

Large Prop-Baits

Large prop-baits were specifically designed for Peacock Bass and other species that really “turn-on” to a bait that causes a big top-water commotion. The large prop-baits are the best lures available for bringing big Peacock Bass to the surface.

The two main Choices of large prop-baits are:

  1. The Big Game Woodchopper
  2. The Amazon Ripper

The colors we prefer are Perch Fire Tiger and Black/Orange. In addition, the Clown and Red/White head will at times produce good strikes.

NOTE: Big Game Woodchoppers have a louder more aggressive sound, but Amazon Rippers are a little easier to retrieve.

In conclusion, bring 6-10 large prop-baits in a combination of models and colors, for example:

  • 4- HighRoller/Monster Riprollers (colors Perch, Fire Tiger, Clown, Redhead, Halloween, )
  • 1- Big Game Woodchopper in Clown or Red/White
  • 2-  Amazon Rippers in Black/Orange
  • 1- Amazon Ripper in Fire Tiger

NOTE: There are several new companies producing lures of this type!  Call our office for updates.

Small Prop-Baits

The smaller prop-baits (called the Peacock Special) will raise Peacock Bass and are easier to retrieve than the larger prop-baits. Bring one of each of them in Black & Orange, Blue and Fire Tiger.

Jerkbaits

2 – 3 large 7’ or medium 6’ Redfins (chrome with blue dorsal), also Bomber Long-A lures, 6”, 2 each, in white body with red hair or silver flash with blue/back.

Rat-L-Traps

2 Chrome/Blue black or Fire Tiger color in 3/4 or 1 oz. size.

Other

4 Bucktail jigs in 1/2 oz. – white color works best. These lures may be purchased online from either Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas.

You must bring your own softbaits i.e. jigs

Do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding fishing tackle for Peacock Bass or any other aspect of your trip to Brazil!

Small Prop-Baits

The smaller prop-baits (called the Peacock Special) will raise Peacock Bass and are easier to retrieve than the larger prop-baits. Bring one of each of them in Black & Orange, Blue and Fire Tiger.

Jerkbaits

2 – 3 large 7’ or medium 6’ Redfins (chrome with blue dorsal), also Bomber Long-A lures, 6”, 2 each, in white body with red hair or silver flash with blue/back.

Rat-L-Traps

2 Chrome/Blue black or Fire Tiger color in 3/4 or 1 oz. size.

Other

4 Bucktail jigs in 1/2 oz. – white color works best. These lures may be purchased online from either Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas.

You must bring your own softbaits i.e. jigs

Do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding fishing tackle for Peacock Bass or any other aspect of your trip to Brazil!

(800) 672-6907

P.O. Box 886
Jefferson, GA 30549

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