Peacock Bass Fishing Techniques

Peacock bass fishing is something few people have the chance to do as peacock bass are found only in the Amazon river basin. The location means not many have the opportunity to enjoy peacock bass fishing. There are specific techniques that will help catch those peacock bass. Knowing them will help if you ever make the trip to the Amazon.

Where to Find Them

The place to look when peacock bass fishing is in the lagoons off the river. There’s plenty of dead wood that’s fallen in the water there and the peacock bass like to hide under these. They love rocks, too.

Cast close to the dead wood. Often, the peacock bass will snatch at the lures. If they don’t strike immediately, they’ll often follow the lures into more open water and strike there. Both walking stick lures and propeller lures are effective in these areas. Try jigs and spoons in slightly more open water.


Peacock bass are very strong. In the right situation they can straighten a hook. That means the best chance is to draw a fish out from cover to open water. To do this, hold the rod so it’s parallel to the water. Flick your wrists in the direction you want the bass to go. When the fish moves fast under cover, you need to allow the line to slacken and then move the boat so it’s close to the cover, hoping this spooks the peacock bass out.


For peacock bass fishing, trolling in open water can work if they’re feeding. The wake of the boat doesn’t upset them and you can troll at up to 5 miles an hour without a problem, they will still attack a lure. However, when fishing in a lagoon it’s best to begin by casting and, if that doesn’t bring a reaction, only then begin trolling, as long as the lagoon is large enough. Be aware that the greatest success when peacock bass fishing will be in the lagoons rather than in the rivers themselves. That said, fast water on small rivers and streams can be very fertile ground when peacock bass fishing.


The strength of peacock bass means they can destroy tackle, so having adequate back-ups with you is vital to enjoy the trip. As to whether to use a spinner or baitcaster, the choice is up to the angler. Familiarity with both gives the greatest options, but for anyone who’s familiar with one and not the other, stick with what you know.

For baitcasting, use a 7 foot rig with a line rated between 8 and 17 pounds. You can go heavier with a line rating of up to 30 pounds and a rig that can hold it easily. With a spinner, a line rating of up to 12 pound test makes a good start on a rod a little under 7 feet. Again, you can go heavier with a slightly shorter rod and a line rated up to 30 pound test.