A heavy 6’6”–7’6” baitcasting or spinning rod should be matched with a baitcasting or spinning reel with capacity of min. 120m of 80lb braid. This heavier outfit is needed to handle ripping the larger propbaits across the surface. 80lb braid is used to handle the explosive surface strikes of big Peacock Bass.
This same outfit can also be used for deep diving baits for both Peacocks and Payara. 80lb braid is used to handle the deep strikes of both these species.
A Medium-heavy 6’6”–7’6” baitcasting or spinning rod should be matched with a baitcasting or spinning reel with capacity of min. 120m of 50-60lb braid. This slightly lighter outfit will handle casting and using smaller surface lures like Spooks and subsurface lures like minnowbaits.
A Medium-light 6’6”–7’6” spinning rod spinning reel with capacity for min.120m of 30lb braid. This much lighter outfit will give your arms and wrists a rest from ripping bigger baits and will allow you to easily use jigs and smaller minnowbaits.
An up-tide rod or similar Nile Perch heavy action rod matched with either a large capacity Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 7000 or a large capacity baitrunner reel with minimum 250m of 100lb braid. This is a real macho outfit and should be able to handle the largest of catfish you hook into.
8-9Wt fly rods (lure anglers bring one rod for possible use between lure fishing if needed) should be matched with fly reels with a good, smooth drag system, loaded with a fast-sinking 300 grain tropical flyline, an intermediate tropical flyline and a floating flyline. 50lb straight nylon can be used for leaders 1.5m (Peacocks and Payara are NOT leader shy)
These type of lures can garnish the most explosive strikes and undoubtedly the best lures for Peacocks on the surface are Propbaits, Stick baits/Spooks and Poppers.
Propbaits like the 4.25”, 6.25” and the new 7.25” single and double propeller Pavon Props, 6.5” Big Game Woodchoppers, 4-6” Riprollers and 4” Peacock Specials are ripped across the surface in a steady cadence, ‘rip, pause, rip, pause’, all the way back to the boat.
Spooks and other cigar-shaped stickbaits are used with a walk-the-dog, side to side swishing action that ‘sways’ the lure like a snake across the water. This is a more subtle lure, used when Peacocks are being less aggressive or simply to garnish an explosive strike.
Poppers can also work well or fail miserably, but when they are used properly, they catch a large number of big fish. They should spit and gurgle rather than ‘bloob’ or ‘pop’ and the best we have found is the Rapala Saltwater Skitterpop skimmed along the surface with a cadence as in the propbaits.
Subsurface lures are for when the topwater bite is off or slow, or you just simply want to catch fish. While topwaters are good ‘search and destroy’ lures and the angler gets a full-on experience with a surface strike, it is safe to say that subsurface lures will always catch you more fish.
Minnowbaits and crankbaits will always work well in most situations and our choices are shallow running 4-6” Rapala X Raps, Rattle Traps, Yozuri Crystal minnows and Cotton Cordell minnows. If a fish misses a topwater strike, cast a minnowbait behind the swirl as a follow-up lure and you should hook up instantly.
In-line lures like the ¾ and 1oz, 1”Little Georges Tail Spinners and Tail Kickers with a # 2, 4X strong treble hook need heavy gear too. For such little baits, these attract some of the biggest Peacock Bass in the right situation.
SOB Guri Special Spinnerbaits in ¾, 1 and 1 1/2oz sizes are excellent baits for deep or shallow Peacock, Payara and Pescada in Lake Guri.
When Peacocks and Payara that are in the deeper waters of Lake Guri and the Highland rivers, larger deepdiving Minnowbaits like the big Rapala X Raps, Rapala CD 18s and 22s, Storm deep divers and Bomber Deep Divers are always a safe bet. Jarring strikes can be had from fish as deep as 50ft and then you have a real fight on your hands.
The #1 lure for catching Peacock Bass of all sizes in the Amazon (or anywhere) is undoubtedly the 1/2oz 6” Bucktail jig with extended tail. These can be tied up in many colours, but favourites are Red/yellow with black tail, Red/white with red tail, Green/white with green tail, Firetiger green/yellow and Olive/white with black tail.
Flies can also be tied in many different patterns and shapes, but in general, use either long-profile streamer flies with plenty of flash, some with and without weighted eyes or Popper-type surface flies. Flies will attract and catch many more fish than other lures as they are in the strike zone for longer. A fast strip is used on the streamer flies and a gentle pop for the surface flies.
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