Fishing for bass is, in itself, a pleasurable experience for any who have tried it. For those who have an adventurous nature, however, peacock bass fishing Venezuela style can raise the bass fishing bar just a bit higher.
Peacock bass are not actually a member of the bass family at all. Their shape, appetite, large mouth cavity, and their aggressive behavior in a strike all attribute to the mistaken identity to the largemouth bass, but in physical appearance are very different. Peacocks are brightly colored, and can be decorated with speckles, stripes or whirls of brilliant oranges, yellows and greens. The name “peacock” itself comes from its round “eye” spot, located on the tail fin with a ring of gold which is similar to the eyes on a peacock’s feathers.
Peacock bass, or “pavon” are found in great numbers in Venezuela. The calm waters of the lakes and rivers where these freshwater fish can be found often belie the tumultuous explosion of fury that the peacock bass create when at the end of the fisherman’s line. To experience the fight of a lifetime, it is said that peacock bass can be your fiercest competitor, and one of the best arenas for the battle may very well be Venezuela.
From the moment your line has been attacked by the ferocious bully of the deep, you will know you are in for a fight. You were likely using a large, top water lure that attracted the peacock with a velocity that might rival a bullet leaving the muzzle of a gun. The strike will be strong, swift and supple. Known to first dive deep within the depths of the waters accompanied by your line, the subsequent burst from the surface will provide a treat for your senses: an acrobatic dance incorporating powerful twists, turns and pirouettes, flashing prisms of brilliance against the sky. Hold on tightly; your adventure has just begun as this magnificent competitor challenges your every move in an attempt to gain control and win its freedom. Your reward for holding firm will be the memory of bringing in the big one, victorious over the tenacious grip of the peacock bass as well as some good eating if you decide to keep your catch.
The peacock bass is generally found in the heart of Venezuela in the river system that brings together the Amazon and the Orinoco Rivers. Five known species exist, while others are speculated as being present here. Its ferocious and aggressive behavior can be attributed to the company it keeps in these waters; piranha, alligators and enormous catfish, to name just a few. The peacock will dine on any fish that will fit within its ample mouth, which most likely explains the large size of some species that can exceed 25 pounds.
For an experience that an average fisherman will never forget, peacock bass fishing Venezuela style is the trip to take. While largemouth bass fishing can be a great venture, peacock bass fishing raises the bar.
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