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BRAZIL, COLOMBIA & VENEZUELA
Peacock Bass
AND THE MORE youknowasafishermanabout your quarry, the better prepared and more effective you will be in attempting to catch them.That’s the message from Paul Reiss (Acute Anglers and Rutgers University).
It’s sage advice from one of the most knowledgeable scientist-anglers in the peacock bass fishing community. There are fifteen valid species of peacock bass, none of which are actually bass at all, but are Cichlids.The biggest are Cichlids tememsis.
In English they’re called peacock bass. In Portuguese (Brazil) they’re tucanaré açu (pronounced assu) and in Span- ish-speaking Venezuela and Colombia they’re Pavon. Pavon
translates to peacock, and tucunaré is a Tupy (native Brazil tribe) word that means ‘friend of the tree’. Peacock bass are commonly found near submerged trees either as am- bush spots, for protection, or as a nesting area.
These fish feed in the daytime and their diet is primarily other smaller fish. Temensis, the big models, are found in Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. The largest recorded caught is just under 30 pounds.Anything over 10 pounds is a fish worth getting excited about; the ones weighing in the ‘teens’ are considered trophies; and serious anglers would crawl naked through broken glass for one weighing 20 pounds or more.
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