Are you searching for the best peacock bass lures?
Fishing for these beautiful fish in Florida has become ever so popular. These beautiful creatures are aggressive fish that give a mighty strong fight and that is what makes them so much fun to catch.
Not to mention the many different colors of these fish. Every time I see a peacock I am amazed at the colors and unique patterns of each fish, it is almost as if each bass is completely different from the next.
With that being said, let’s take a look at what are some of the best lures for peacock fishing and how to fish these lures to catch more fish.
What are the best peacock bass lures?
In this post, we are going to take a closer look at the top 7 lures for peacock bass fishing. Here is a quick preview of the lures we are going to look at, please keep reading for more details on each one.
- Rapala Skitter
- Heddon Baby Torpedo
- Yo-Zuri 3DB Popper
- Heddon Super Spook
- Marabou Bucktail Jig
- Rapala Shad Rap
The first lure on our list of the best peacock bass lures is a prop bait, it is the Rapala Skitter. As you can see from picture this is basically a stick bait that has a small propeller located toward the back. The body is designed in a way that when water comes across the propeller it will start to spin creating commotion and vibration on the surface of the water.
One of the best ways to fish it is to simply cast it out and bring it back to the boat with a popping motion. When you pop the rod, the lure with jerk forward and engage the prop. This will imitate a small baitfish feeding on the surface of the water or a frog trying to flee for its life. An aggressive approach to fishing this lure is a great way to get attention and generate a reaction strike. Keep in mind that when fishing for peacocks sometimes the faster and more aggressive you fish your lure, the better your chances of getting hooked up.
However, if you are looking for a more subtle approach you can simple cast it out and reel it back in. As we mentioned before, the prop is designed to spin, so a simple cast and retrieve will get the prop moving and generate results.
To learn more about how to fish the Rapala Skitter for peacocks check out the following video:
Another great prop bait for peacock bass is the Heddon Baby Torpedo.
Like the aforementioned lure, this is another topwater prop bait that has a single propeller located on the back of the lure. What I like most about this particular prop bait is the size. As the name implies it is a bait with a torpedo-shaped body that is a little bit bigger than other prop baits on the market. This larger body design helps to create more commotion and generate more attention when fishing for more aggressive peacocks.
Another advantage to fishing with a larger lure is that it will be easier to cast further distances, meaning that you can cover a lot of water with a single cast.
If you are fishing a popper or a walking bait for peacock and you are not getting the results you would like to get, give the Heddon Baby Torpedo a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
It is available in a number of different colors and sizes so that you can pick which one is best for your fishing situation.
There is no doubt about it that peacocks love poppers and that is the exact reason why we like fishing the Yo-Zuri 3DB Popper for aggressive peacocks.
A popper is a topwater floating lure that has a small concave mouth. When this lure is brought across the water, the concave mouth displaces the water creating a unique popping sound and generating commotion. This particular lure has a double-cupped mouth which means it will displace more water. The more water you are able to displace the more noise/commotion you will generate and the better the chances of catching a giant.
One of the best technique for fishing a popper is with a pop and stop motion. Simply cast it out and on the retrieve give your lure a few pops of the rod. Next, allow the lure to rest for a few seconds. After a short pause, you can give it a few more pops of the rod. Continue to do this until you have returned to the boat. If there are any big bass lurking around in the area, the noise and commotion of this lure will definitely draw them in.
Peacock bass are aggressive fish and they love attacking topwater lures. The next on our list is no exception, it is the Heddon Super Spook.
This is a cigar style bait with a long slender body that is designed for a technique that has become very popular when peacock fishing. This technique is called ‘walking the dog’. Walking the dog simply means to make the lure to zig back and forth on the surface of the water. The reason this technique is so popular is because it perfectly imitates a dying baitfish. Big fish simply cannot resist when they see a dying fish on the surface.
As we mentioned earlier, peacocks are aggressive and they will attack your lure. This is great for us fisherman because it makes setting the hook that much easier. However, when fishing topwater lures such as the Heddon Super Spook it is always important to make sure the fish has the lure in its mouth before setting the hook or else you risk pulling it out of the fish’s mouth.
With that being said, after you see the explosion of the fish coming on your lure, wait until you feel the weight of the fish. Once you feel the fish, set the hook. If because of the excitement of seeing a fish attack your lure and you set the hook too soon, remain calm and continue fishing. Many times the fish will strike the lure again. You can even have success by casting out your lure in the same area.
Learn more about how to walk the dog with this lure in the following video: (the video is geared toward smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing, but the principles are the same)
So far we have talked about some lures that will catch peacock bass on the surface of the water, let’s now take a look at a few that will get the job done under the water. The first lure we are going to look at is the original lipless crankbait, it is none other than Bill Lewis’ Rat-L-Trap.
The Rat-L-Trap is one of the first lipless crankbaits released many years ago, but don’t be fooled, it will still produce the same results today. Fishing for peacocks with this crankbait, will produce results big ones too.
One of the best features I like about this lure is the unique rattle. Inside are several bb’s that when it is being brought through the water give off a unique rattling sound that can draw the bass to you. Depending on the situation and the fish this can be a great way to attract peacocks and entice them to bite.
Another great way to catch peacocks is with a jig. With that being said, one jig that continues to produce fish is the Marabou Bucktail Jig. This is a bucktail jig that is available in a 2-ounce jig all the way up to 8 ounces. It is available in a number of different bright colors including a few glow in the dark options.
Jigs are great for fishing for peacocks, but they are mainly limited to sight fishing. When you see a large bass holding up near a dock or some sort of structure tie on a jig and throw it out there. Dance it around a few times in front of the fish and nine times out of ten you will have caught yourself a peacock.
Fishing a jig can be the perfect alternative when the fish aren’t biting as aggressively.
When the fish are holding up in deeper waters you need something to go down there and get their attention, your best option is to tie on the Rapala Shad Rap.
As you can see, this lure has a long crankbait style body that gives it a tight wobble when being brought through the water. It is made from a balsa wood construction which means that when you aren’t reeling in your lure, the lure is going to float. This construction is really what makes it unique and the uses for it are endless.
The long bill helps to get it down to where the fish are holding up in and it also can be used to defect off the bottom thus imitating a feeding baitfish.
There are a number of different ways this lure can be fished. For example, one common and easy way to fish it is simply to cast it out and bring it back with a constant retrieve. If that approach doesn’t produce results you can also incorporate a few twitches as it is coming back to the boat. By doing this you will help to give it a more life-like motion and hopefully generate a strike. Keep in mind that more times than not, peacock bass like lures that are fished more aggressively.
Let’s see the Rapala Shad Rap in action in the following video:
So, what are the best peacock bass lures? Well, in this article I have discussed 7 of my favorite lure that will produce results. However, it is always best to have a variety of different lures available to adjust your fishing style to what the fish want.
What do you think are the best lures for peacocks? Share with us your experience in the comments below.