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Peacock Bass

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Daniel Raggio and friend caught a dozen or so peacock bass this weekend near Miami, FL. Way to go, Dan.

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miami?
Since when do amazon fish migrate to miami?I know there is a posibility of someone releasing the species into local waters,but I don't think that fish would survive that far north,but hey ya never know.
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peacocks
of course they survive there. i was stationed in miami for 3 1/2 years and caught quite a few. i used to fish i guess it was irrigation canals around chrome ave out by all the produce fields. somebody, roland martin or hank parker did a show on them several years ago in miami around the airport. is that where you are? and i'm pretty sure wlf stocks them
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peacocks
Yes, the fish was caught in the small lakes right next to the Miami Airport. They are all over the canals and ponds in Miami. I believe were introduced in the 80's to consume exotic tropical nuisance fish and now they are rampant. I'm sure they still must stock them to an extent, but you'll find largemouth and peacocks all over. They are really pretty fish, and you can only catch them here and in South America!
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tasty?
Can you eat them?
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Meauxjeaux
Peacock Bass have been in and around south florida for several decades. Not just the Miami area. Several different pro's have done TV shows on them over the years. And yes they were introduced initally to help control small ivasive tropical fish that had gotten out of control in the late 70's. They were stocked on an annual basis till the early 90's. They have been caught as far north as Lake Ochochobe this year, with the drought they have had on that lake several people have reported catching Peacocks. Just like any other species they will find there way north.
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In the words of the wise Poo Poo
Mais, what's that? Cook some rice!
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Miles of water
We go to this area all the time they have miles and miles of canals that handle the drainage. All kinds of excite fish in these canals. There are some guides that fish these canals by boat and one does it by car. This is a lot of fun but nothing like the back lakes for top water action on snook.
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CaptJS
Hey CaptJS,

I've been in Miami for a couple months now and will only be here for the summer, can you recommend some spots for snook that I may be able to fish without a boat or some other type of fish? I have to stick to the banks and only have a few weeks left here...

Thanks
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Go west young man go west
About a 2hour ride west is Sanibel Island and they have great fishing along the beach. They also have a government run park called Tarpon Bay where you can rent a boat with a trolling motor for a few bucks. No gas motors are allowed on this lake. I always have a great time fishing in this lake have hooked tarpon up to a 100# fishing for snook. You may want to give it a try. There are web pages for these areas and parks.
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