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Old 12-07-2007, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning a trip down to S. Florida in April to fish Peacocks, Black bass and snook. i'm hoping to not use a guide or shinners. Anyone, been there done that and can offer some advice. I looked into a couple guides at $400 a day both recommended shinners for best results. I want to see them explode on top water and feel them crush jerk baits, not to mention the shinners are $8/ dozen. It seems easy to me, work the cannels just like you would for large mouths. I'm sure the guides will know some great holes but if it's a difference between 15 fish or 25 fish I'll keep the $$$ in my pocket. Any help/info would be greatly appreciated.
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Buy $200 worth of shiners and see what happens
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I highly recommend getting a guide for at least a half day. Last time I fished out there, the peacocks were all on the beds and were not interested in eating anything. You had to underhand lob a lure (mostly used a modified Rat-L-Trap) within literally 2 inches of their tails (any casts in front of them got no reaction) to get a reaction bite, and you had to be extremely quick to hook them as they would drop the lure after a split second. It took some practice to get the technique right. They did not look at shiners or anything else unless it was presented in the way noted above. I would have wasted all day throwing everything in the tackle box at them before figuring that technique out, assuming I ever would have, but the guide put us on it right away. The other time I went for peacocks down there the fishing was totally different, and the guide put us on them right away and kept us on them. Topwaters and jerkbaits were not particularly effective either time, btw.

If you are already flying all the way out there, don't jeopardize the trip trying to save a couple bucks. Go out with a guy who is out there every day.
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Thanks for the advice Bassjedi. I will only be down there a couple days so a guide is usually the best approach. What month did you go down? What was the water temp?

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One year it was in the summer and one year it was in the spring. Don't remember the water temps, but they weren't particularly hot or cold. Those are fun fish to catch; good luck.
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Hey, let me know where you ar going to be. I live in the West Boca Raton area and fish all the time. I used to live in Roselle until I moved here 3 years ago. There are fish all over the place here.
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I'm going down Feb. 6 for peacocks. I'm getting a guide for at least the first day and possibly again to take us into the everglades for largemouth. Hopefully I'll come back with some info for you. I AM VERY PUMPED UP FOR THIS TRIP! :P
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Was bass fishing in boca one time and caught four peacocks on a green lizard bout 8 inches long texas rigged bith the smallest bullet weight u can find if that helps at all
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