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I have caught them in every one of the aforementioned locations, as well as anywhere along the millions of miles of wilderness shoreline found in the Amazon. The point is, be prepared to fish every potential target and fish it thoroughly. As January comes, the water levels begin to rise. This is when anglers can expect to venture into previously landlocked lagoons which have been otherwise left alone for months. This is adventure fishing to say the least, and success will depend on patience. You will not score in every lagoon, and getting into some of them will be more than work. Be prepared to fish only a few select targets each day, if this becomes your approach. Those that fancy themselves as big game hunters within the peacock world will target both this period and these conditions. I personally got into an oxbow two years ago that would blow any angler’s mind. There were peacock everywhere and among them were record breaking fish. In fact, I had 65 pound braided superline broken (broken easily, I might add) on a monster peacock that leaped nearly four feet out of the water upon contact. This is fishing like you have never seen before. Surface baits are the ticket. However, it would be misleading to state that this is the only way to catch these monsters. That being said, it would not be an untruth to say it is without question the most exciting approach to monster peacocks. Therefore, I would like to explain the principles of topwater fishing for monster peacocks as I see them: fast, faster, loud, louder, and better yet, louder and faster in concert. You simply can’t move a bait too fast for an aggressive peacock, and in fact if you slow your presentation down, the peacock will generally disappear. It truly is the damnedest thing you have ever seen. Surface fishing peacocks provides the height of excitement. You simply present to countless targets as you make your way through the jungle - clusters of trees, shaded areas created by the jungle canopy, small points or fingers extending from shore and so on. Or you can do what I like to do most, target them. Let me explain. Ardent Reels

The peacock “bass,” as we refer to them, are actually members of the cichlid family, and among their basic instincts is the habit of holding or carrying their young in their mouths for safety. This means there will be periods when the male or female, father or mother if you will, must release their young in order to feed. Seasoned peacock anglers can readily detect this activity by what I like to refer to as observing nervous water. During dead calm periods, they look for areas of surface disturbance with a very slight shimmer within the disturbance. This shimmer will be the peacock fry feeding on the microscopic animals within the system. Your goal is to place a cast squarely on that patch of nervous water. If you hit that target, more often than not you will be hit back. Miss by just one foot in any direction and your chances of success will diminish by better than fifty percent. This is truly target fishing. The BEST lure I have found for this approach, period, is Luhr Jensen’s “Woodchopper” or “Jack The Ripper”. The Yanna, afloat on the Rio-Negro Vince Segrefredo with a 33.5 inch Rio-Negro Peacock