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are in and can be caught all year, although you will need different strategies to adapt for the cycle they just so happen to be in. As we are fast approaching fall, my favorite time to target Peacocks, is when they hit top water plugs best – much like in the Amazon. If we are fishing with spin tackle or bait casters – we fish plugs such as Mirror Props, Heddon Torpedoes and some form of Spook or Pop R’s. All are worked fast with quick popping action and the key to get the strike is to speed it up if they short strike. The follow up bait should be a minnow style bait like a floating Bagley Minnow or a suspending minnow bait such as a Rattlin Rouge by Smithwick or a Strike King suspending or floating Wild Shinner. All baits need to be worked aggressively. The Winter/ Spring starts this way as well - depending on how cold our winter may be in South Florida. If it stays warm this will go into spring early which leads to sight casting with Jigs for spawning fish. If we are fly-fishing I suggest bringing one fly rod with a floating line and another with sink tip. A 6-8wt rod works well and some poppers and gurglers for top water fishing and Clouser Minnows for sub surface fishing. Fast quick strips for the fall bite either on top or sub surface and if the spring cycle is in, then quick short strips into the areas the fish are protecting. On another note we have many other nonnative fish like Grass Carp, Snakeheads, Clown Knifefish, Jaguar Gaupote, and Oscars. In the Cichlid family we have Mayan, Midas, Banded, and Blackbelt Cichlids. Of the Tilapia family we have Spotted, Hornet, Black Chin, Mozambique, and Blue Tilapia. We also have the common freshwater species such as Largemouth Bass, Gar and multiple species of Panfish. Further – we have some saltwater fish that can survive in fresh water like Snook, Tarpon, Jack Crevelle, Ladyfish and Bigmouth Sleepers. These are all species that can be caught at different times of the year though some can be difficult at times. On a final note I might add that we have many fine hotels to stay in from West Palm Beach south through Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood down to Miami into the keys of Florida. One can stay on the beach or inland and there are always many places to visit along with our great fishing. Come see us and experience this great conservation success story first hand! “Let us know if you prefer artificial or natural or perhaps both?” Tight lines, Alan Zaremba Worldwide Sport Fishing, Inc. www.floridapeacocks.com BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016 59


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