Peacock Bass - Lago Gatun Panama

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Peacock Bass - Lago Gatun Panama

Post by gretzkyrh4 » June 8th, 2010, 5:49 pm

I don't get out to fish as much as I'd like to anymore, but did slip out for a morning trip with my family prior to my wedding in Panama this past January. While no where near as exciting as some of the saltwater opportunities in the country Lago Gatun can still wear your arms out. Peacock bass (stocked in the lake years ago for algae control) have become the predominant fish in the lake and much of the surrounding canal. Our gear failed a few times on some of the larger fish (they max out around 15 lbs), but we managed quite a few for the frying pan. Along with peacock bass, we caught snook, oscars, and a few species I am not familiar with.

Here's a couple of shots of what came home with us.
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Post by dezertwerx » June 8th, 2010, 8:15 pm

I used to have these guys in a tank and they were some pretty fiesty fish. Loved keeping these guys, until they outgrew the tank.

Nice catch.... can't wait for later this month.... fishing & herping in Cabo San Lucas..

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Post by Kent VanSooy » June 9th, 2010, 6:31 am

can't wait for later this month.... fishing & herping in Cabo San Lucas..
It'll be fun, and HOT! One year in June we made the mistake of putting our mahi on the pavement for a few minutes while we gathered our gear....managed to start cooking it!

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Post by Dell Despain » June 13th, 2010, 10:40 am

Always like to see Peacock Bass, and that looks like a big fish fry you're going to have.

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Re: Peacock Bass - Lago Gatun Panama

Post by gretzkyrh4 » June 13th, 2010, 5:47 pm

Thanks Dell. And that is what I call a peacock. We had a great fish fry, but it would have been nice if we had managed to land a few of decent size. We used the guides tackle and I think the line was just a little old to handle some of the bigger bites.

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Re: Peacock Bass - Lago Gatun Panama

Post by Pope » June 13th, 2010, 8:19 pm

I am not sure Dell's fish is Panamanian. What was the locale?

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Post by Tim Borski » June 14th, 2010, 8:10 am

Pope wrote:I am not sure Dell's fish is Panamanian. What was the locale?
Dell's fish is S. American. Probly Ven or Braz...'correct Dell? They get BIG there!
Here's a top end Peacock from South FL.

Miami Peacock
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Re: Peacock Bass - Lago Gatun Panama

Post by Dell Despain » June 14th, 2010, 10:23 am

Pope's right, it's not Panama, and Tim's right too. Interior of the Amazon, Brazil. From a small tributary off the Rio Branco, called the Agua Boa, I used to do some work there.
I love trout fishing, but it's hard to beat Peacock bass fishing, and I don't care what size the Peacocks are, they have got to be one of the greatest game fish to angle for. IMO

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Re: Peacock Bass - Lago Gatun Panama

Post by gretzkyrh4 » June 14th, 2010, 11:15 am

yeah, I figured it was amazonian. Even the largest I've seen taken in Gatun rarely look anything like his fish. Everytime I go, the max size I hear quoted for the lake seems to be increasing though (that likely has more to do with the fishermen than the fish though).

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