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Florida new state record Peacock Bass
Oct 12, 2021 18:21:38   #
greenfrog Loc: Central NJ
 
Angler fishes after work, sets peacock bass record
Pete Thomas
October 12, 2021 8:30 am ET

A Florida angler has been granted a state record for his recent catch of a butterfly peacock bass weighing 9.11 pounds.

Felipe Prieto’s after-work catch at an unidentified Broward County reservoir beats a record (9.08 pounds) that has stood since 1993.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the certification Friday afternoon, adding that Prieto’s peacock bass “supersedes the previous state record that has stood for almost three decades.”

Peacock bass, which are large cichlids and not true bass, are native to tropical South America.

Butterfly peacock bass were stocked in southeast Florida canals in 1984, according to the FWC, “to reduce the number of undesirable exotic fishes, especially tilapia.”

The predatory game fish are the only nonnative fish to have been legally established in Florida. They’re prized by anglers because of their striking coloration and the challenge they pose to light-tackle anglers.

According to the International Game Fish Assn., “The butterfly peacock’s powerful, laterally compressed body and aggressive temperament make it pound for pound one of the hardest fish to handle on light tackle.”

FWC Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto added: “Anglers from across the country travel here to catch a peacock bass, which only adds to the tremendous economic impact fishing has in Florida.”

For the sake of comparison, the IGFA lists as the all-tackle world record a 12-pound, 9-ounce butterfly peacock bass caught on Venezuela’s Chiguao River in 2000.

In Florida, peacock bass inhabit mostly warmer waters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But recent milder winters have allowed for some northward range expansion.

Link: https://ftw.usatoday.com/2021/10/florida-angler-fishes-after-work-sets-peacock-bass-record
Image showing Felipe Prieto with record peacock bass is courtesy of the FWC
Image showing Felipe Prieto with record peacock ba...

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Oct 12, 2021 19:16:17   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
greenfrog wrote:
Angler fishes after work, sets peacock bass record
Pete Thomas
October 12, 2021 8:30 am ET

A Florida angler has been granted a state record for his recent catch of a butterfly peacock bass weighing 9.11 pounds.

Felipe Prieto’s after-work catch at an unidentified Broward County reservoir beats a record (9.08 pounds) that has stood since 1993.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the certification Friday afternoon, adding that Prieto’s peacock bass “supersedes the previous state record that has stood for almost three decades.”

Peacock bass, which are large cichlids and not true bass, are native to tropical South America.

Butterfly peacock bass were stocked in southeast Florida canals in 1984, according to the FWC, “to reduce the number of undesirable exotic fishes, especially tilapia.”

The predatory game fish are the only nonnative fish to have been legally established in Florida. They’re prized by anglers because of their striking coloration and the challenge they pose to light-tackle anglers.

According to the International Game Fish Assn., “The butterfly peacock’s powerful, laterally compressed body and aggressive temperament make it pound for pound one of the hardest fish to handle on light tackle.”

FWC Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto added: “Anglers from across the country travel here to catch a peacock bass, which only adds to the tremendous economic impact fishing has in Florida.”

For the sake of comparison, the IGFA lists as the all-tackle world record a 12-pound, 9-ounce butterfly peacock bass caught on Venezuela’s Chiguao River in 2000.

In Florida, peacock bass inhabit mostly warmer waters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But recent milder winters have allowed for some northward range expansion.

Link: https://ftw.usatoday.com/2021/10/florida-angler-fishes-after-work-sets-peacock-bass-record
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Very cool Greenfrog, and congratulations Felipe on your new state record!

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Oct 12, 2021 19:34:12   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
Thanks for sharing and congrats on the new record!

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Oct 12, 2021 19:40:02   #
Sinker Rig Loc: Tampa area
 
Let's hope they never get in Lake Okeechobee, they will wipe out the bass and panfish

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Oct 12, 2021 21:25:28   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
greenfrog wrote:
Angler fishes after work, sets peacock bass record
Pete Thomas
October 12, 2021 8:30 am ET

A Florida angler has been granted a state record for his recent catch of a butterfly peacock bass weighing 9.11 pounds.

Felipe Prieto’s after-work catch at an unidentified Broward County reservoir beats a record (9.08 pounds) that has stood since 1993.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the certification Friday afternoon, adding that Prieto’s peacock bass “supersedes the previous state record that has stood for almost three decades.”

Peacock bass, which are large cichlids and not true bass, are native to tropical South America.

Butterfly peacock bass were stocked in southeast Florida canals in 1984, according to the FWC, “to reduce the number of undesirable exotic fishes, especially tilapia.”

The predatory game fish are the only nonnative fish to have been legally established in Florida. They’re prized by anglers because of their striking coloration and the challenge they pose to light-tackle anglers.

According to the International Game Fish Assn., “The butterfly peacock’s powerful, laterally compressed body and aggressive temperament make it pound for pound one of the hardest fish to handle on light tackle.”

FWC Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto added: “Anglers from across the country travel here to catch a peacock bass, which only adds to the tremendous economic impact fishing has in Florida.”

For the sake of comparison, the IGFA lists as the all-tackle world record a 12-pound, 9-ounce butterfly peacock bass caught on Venezuela’s Chiguao River in 2000.

In Florida, peacock bass inhabit mostly warmer waters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But recent milder winters have allowed for some northward range expansion.

Link: https://ftw.usatoday.com/2021/10/florida-angler-fishes-after-work-sets-peacock-bass-record
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Looks like a 20 pounder to me.

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Oct 12, 2021 23:13:32   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
Good for you! That fish was always one I wanted to catch so I finally arranged a trip to Brazil with 3 friends. My PM was a 19+ Peacock Bass and it was a thrill. I have a plastic replica mounted and is in my den now. Just Sayin...RJS

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Oct 13, 2021 13:08:49   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
Gordon wrote:
Looks like a 20 pounder to me.


Looks to me that it's bigger than 9 lb. too. I wish the photo included his fishin'
Gear. Or, maybe that monster wrecked it ?

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Oct 13, 2021 17:51:17   #
Fishing Fool Loc: redding, ca
 
I thought the record Peacock bass was over 28 pounds. I have a friend that fishes south america every year and he is in the 20 pound club for Peacock bass and all caught on flies. There must be a number of varieties then?

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Oct 13, 2021 18:42:59   #
greenfrog Loc: Central NJ
 
Fishing Fool wrote:
I thought the record Peacock bass was over 28 pounds. I have a friend that fishes south america every year and he is in the 20 pound club for Peacock bass and all caught on flies. There must be a number of varieties then?


Here's what I found.
There are around 15 different species of Peacock Bass that we know of. The most common one in the US is Butterfly Peacock Bass.

On June 1, 2010 the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) certified the 28 lb. speckled Peacock Bass caught by Bill Gassmann of Des Moines, Iowa on Feb. 9, 2010 while fishing with Captain Peacock Expeditions of Manaus, Brazil. The new world record peacock is 37” long with 25” of girth, beating the old world record by 4” in length, 2” in girth and a full pound in weight.

Read more here. https://www.captpeacock.com/blog/2016/03/02/wold-record-peacock-bass/



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