Arriving in Miami
We arrived at Chad Nelson’s house around dinner time and introduced ourselves to him, his wife, and his two kids. Right off the bat, they were incredibly kind to us and even offered us a place to stay in the guest house for the night, which we gladly accepted.
“We were able to give them some of the King Mackerel that we caught earlier in the day in Jupiter and feed their family for the night as payment for their hospitality!”
Alex and I had just arrived from an incredible day fishing the Jupiter Inlet just up Florida’s coast with Captain Mike Haines of Blue Tail Fishing Charters! So, we were able to give Chad some of the King Mackerel that we caught earlier in the day and feed his family for the night as payment for their hospitality!
“We went to bed after finishing some video uploads to wake up at 6:00 AM to go check out a spot where Chad had caught some Tarpon.”
Miami Canal Fishing
We went to bed after finishing some video uploads to wake up at 6:00 AM to go check out a spot where Chad had caught some Tarpon. We fished in this spot for about 45 minutes with fly rods. We didn’t take any Tarpon, but I caught my first exotic fish of the ANGLR Tour! It was a Jaguar Guapote and it was absolutely beautiful.
“We didn’t take any Tarpon but I caught my first exotic fish of the ANGLR Tour! It was a Jaguar Guapote and was absolutely beautiful.”
We left the first spot and went to go grab a quick breakfast at a Cuban coffee shop in Miami. We had the absolute best coffee I’ve ever had, called Café Con Leche. We also munched a quick breakfast sandwich and then went to explore some more canals in search of Peacock Bass!
Urban Fishing for Miami Peacock Bass
For the next three hours, we hopped from canal to canal searching for Peacocks. It was really cool to be fishing these canals which ran right through different developments and business areas around Miami! I caught a small Peacock Bass at the first canal, but the bite was really slow after that.
We kept searching and searching to locate a decent sized Peacock Bass.
“I caught a small Peacock Bass at the first canal, but the bite was really slow after that. We kept searching and searching to locate a decent sized Peacock Bass.”
We stopped for a quick lunch and then went to our final spot.
It ended up being the perfect spot!
We were immediately stalking Peacock Bass cruising the shallow flats. It wasn’t long before I caught a Peacock that was chasing after a school of Cichlid! We were all able to celebrate a little bit, but we kept casting. The fish were everywhere!
“It wasn’t long before I caught a Peacock that was chasing after a lot of Cichlid!”
Peacock Bass Were Everywhere While Fishing in the City!
After a little while, I busted out the fly rod and we begin scanning the banks in search of catchable Peacocks with the Clouser fly in Chartreuse and Yellow.
I hooked up with one after fishing for five minutes and then immediately snapped my eight weight rod in half… the third rod of the Tour that has broken.
I switched to my other rod after retiring the broken rod. We really started to get into the Peacock Bass along with a variety of other beautiful Cichlids at the last pond. Alex and I were even able to double up on beautiful Peacock Bass.
“Alex and I were even able to double up on beautiful Peacock Bass.”
The Key Baits for Miami Peacock Bass Fishing
Our main bait for the trip with Chad was Live Cichlids that we had trapped that morning. For those who are unsure what a Cichlid is, it’s similar to a minnow classification, just a small baitfish. We were just casting them out when we saw a Peacock Bass on the prowl and letting the live bait do the magic for us! We rigged them on 2/0 Circle Hooks!
How to Trap Live Cichlids
To catch all of the Cichlid that we used as live bait for these Peacock Bass, Chad brought a minnow trap with us to the first spot we went to in the morning. We threw in tons of little pieces of bread and then dipped it down into the water column. After waiting for about 5 minutes, we pulled up the trap and it was full of Cichlids! We moved them into a bucket that we kept with us for the rest of the trip!
We did mix it up a little bit though! When we decided to try our luck at fly fishing for these beautiful fish, the main flies we used were Clouser’s. (Miami Vice or Yellow/Chartreuse) We did convince a few Peacock Bass to pursue, and one hammered home on the fly which ended up costing me my 8 weight…
Honestly, it was well worth the loss of the rod!
Off To Cape Canaveral
After getting our fill of fishing for the day, Chad shook our hands, we gave him some gear and headed our separate ways. It was one of the coolest urban fishing days I’ve ever had as we were fishing off of highway on-ramps and right next to houses the entire day.
We finished packing up the tour Jeep and took off for Cape Canaveral, Florida to fish with Captain Josh Baker! Stay tuned for that EPIC trip!
“We finished packing up the Tour Jeep and took off for Cape Canaveral, Florida to fish with Captain Josh Baker! Stay tuned for that EPIC trip!”