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THE EXPLOSIVE FISH OF THE AMAZON

 

There are 4 species of Peacock Bass starting with the most beautiful of them all, the Butterfly which on average 4lbs to 16lbs to the current Speckled IGFA Record at 29-lbs.

Classification / Names 
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cichlidae (Cichlids) > Cichlinae

 

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 74.0 cm TL male/unsexed; max. published weight: 6,800g.

 

Environment
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; depth range 5 - ? m.

 

Climate / Range
Tropical; 24°C - 27°C; 26°N - 9°S

River Monsters

of the Rio Negro

Peacock Bass — Andrea Zaccherini, Santa Isabel Do Rio Negro 

November 03, 2010

Peacock bass are the iconic fish of the Amazon, and rightfully so. Celebrated for their aggressive strikes, rugged fights, and beautiful coloration, it is no surprise that peacock bass are the target of millions of anglers around the world. Although there are several different species of peacock bass, none grow as large as the speckled peacock – the true king of the peacock basses.

On November 3, 2010, Andrea Zaccherini became the envy of anglers everywhere when he landed the heaviest peacock bass ever recorded by the IGFA — a 13.19 kg (29 pounds, 1 ounce) speckled peacock he pulled from Santa Isabel Do Rio Negro, in his native country of Brazil. Despite the immense size of Zaccherini’s fish, the fight lasted only 3 minutes — most likely a result of the adrenaline rush Zaccherini experienced after watching the massive peacock explode on the Pavon Prop topwater plug he was casting.

The All-Tackle record for speckled peacock has been broken three times in the past ten years, and the reports of anglers encountering fish in the 30-pound range are numerous. But do they get bigger than Zaccherini’s trophy peacock? With plenty of virgin water left to be discovered in the Amazon, it certainly seems possible. But until then, the All-Tackle title belongs to Zaccherini.

Read more world records: http://www.gameandfishmag.com/world-record/top-10-freshwater-world-records-ever-caught/#ixzz4fpvW76mb

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Three Barred/Acu, which is considered to be the male due to its large bump on its head that is noticeable during spawning season. They range in size on average between 4lbs and 18lbs and well above 20-lbs categories with the current record being at 29-lbs, but larger fish have been caught by natives.

During the spawning season males looses is spots and show off the bright colors and red belly from clearing out beds, and its huge knot on the head become more visible with vibrant its colors.

 Speckled/Paca, which is the female of the two larger species. This species turns in dark colors and lighter colors depending on where it was caught. It can be from a dark chocolate brown color to a light golden green color which is like a prism in the light. Don't be surprised to catch both the male and female in the same spot since they will always protect their young in an explosive manner. Some have landed both on one lure, now that's a fight "two 18 pound fish at once". 

 Last but not least the one which has been seen more often in the past several years, this little one with a strange and sometimes appealing array of markings, it usually ranges in the couple of pounds range but just like the butterfly its a fun fish to catch and puts up a good fight. I like to call them Little Yellows or "smiley" for the body patterns that they can produce.

Speckled/ Paca Peacock

Barred/ Acu Peacock

Butterfly Peacock

Little Yellow

"Smiley"

The Butterfly, by far the most beautiful of the species with its spectacular color seen in bright sunny days, its colors seem to change depending on how the light hits its body. The butterfly are abundant and getting larger in size. For the avid fly fisherman these are lots of fun to catch and provide a great fight, in preparation for the monsters to come.