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Old 05-06-2016, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone ever fish for peacock bass in Kauai?

Hello everyone, going to Kauai in a couple of weeks and am booking a fishing trip for peacock bass. For starters, I'm an amateur fisherman at best. Enjoy it even if I come up empty. Most of my success has been on the kankakee river. I recently(last year) started using a bait caster and like it very much. Through research I read the Abu Garcia Black Max and Pro Max are good beginner bait casters so I bought 1 of each. For the trip I bought a 2 piece GX2 MH/F 6'6" ugly stik. I'd like to take another 2 piece rod and was kind of leaning towards a Veritas 2.0 6'6" M/F, 6'9" MH/F or Vendetta 6'6" MH/XF. Anyone ever fish for peacock bass? Are these combos ok? Any input is welcome and appreciated. I looked into those rods because they seem to fit what I might need, can afford, and pack into my travel case. Thanks for any help!
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never fished for peacock bass,but I would buy at least one heavy action rod and spool it with braid as they have a reputation to be pretty tenacious. The heavy action rod with braid could double as a good top water or spinner/buzz bait rod for bass on local waters as well. I own two vendettas. A 6,9 ml spinning rod and a 7 foot mh bait cast rod. They both are good serviceable rods imo. Sounds like an amazing trip drop a report upon the conclusion. Also a lot of guys will sell you on heavy 50-80 pound braid but a smaller diameter braid with 40 or so pound strength will be much more manageable. I'm pretty slick with a bait caster and I still prefer the castabilty of 10 pound diameter 40 pound test power pro.
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. Very excited about this trip. I'll do my best to report back with pics. I searched for rods that you mentioned but can't find any in the size I can carry in my rod travel case. It's 42in long so I'm limited to at most a 2pc 6'9". That and a budget of about $100. I had planned on 30lb braid. I'll get some 40lb as well, thanks again!
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I hired a "guide" one afternoon during my honeymoon in Kauai and we were targeting peacock and largemouth bass. By guide, I mean a local with an aluminum boat with a motor that barely worked and some gear. What gear you purchased is fine and its a good idea that you're bring some along. The peacocks out there aren't like the ones in the Amazon that grow over 20 lbs. and famous for breaking gear and crushing lures. Think more of the peacocks in the canals near Miami that are normally smaller. From a quick google search, the HI state record for a peacock is 11 lbs. Not sure if you're going to be at the same reservoir I fished at, but the guide told me that there used be giant largemouth in it but a flood a few years ago pushed the big ones out.

I didn't have any gear and had to use one of the two spinning rods that the guide had (the other was for my wife). Didn't get any peacocks. Missed a couple. Got a lot of tilapia and some decent largemouth skipping a senko under overhanging trees and in the canals leading to the reservoir.

Good luck! It sure is a beautiful place to fish.

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Old 05-09-2016, 10:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I fished Kauai about 11 year ago on my honeymoon for peacock bass. Guides name was leroy and he took my wife and I out. It was a private sugar cane reservoir. Awesome trip. Caught 50-60 in 4 hours. Most were in 2-3lb range. They don't get as big out there. A 5lber is a giant. Regular bass gear will provide lots of fun. We started with lures and bite was slow, so we switched to baby tilapia and it was game on. I also had a crappy guide in Hawaii on Island of Oahu. Took us on the popular reservoir and it was brutal. We were using crappy gear and $1 walmart lures. Not sure if Leroy still guides but you get him and you'll have fun. Enjoy
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Have you asked your guide what equipment to bring? Also, thought I'd mention this which you probably already know, but you pretty much have to go through a guide to gain access anywhere in Hawaii. Personally, I'd spend more time researching guides than I would on equipment. I'm guilty of not doing my homework myself and I've been out with more "guides" around the midwest here than I'd like to admit that were an embarrassment to those that deserve the title "fishing guide". However, as mentioned by MikeyD your "guide" in Kauai is more about gaining access vs. providing much of a service. But some should be better than others as far as what they actually do beyond gaining access. Have fun!
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I have been researching guides but haven't found too many online. Barefoot Tom has been the better choice so far...in regards to reviews at least.
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I'm from the South Florida area and we catch peacock all year round here. I use 8 lb and 12 lb spinning gear and we catch fish up to 6 lbs with no trouble. We got some good info on peacock bass fishing here: http://www.wiseangling.com/catching-peacock-bass/
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