I met up with Doug Stamm and Brad Hole at a Naples canal to search for peacock bass, largemouth and freshwater snook. It was a chilly morning as we launched into the Golden Gate canal just as the sun rose. Peacock bass are cold water sensitive so we worked topwater lures for largemouth while we waited for the sun to warm things up a bit.
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Photo by Brad Hole
We didn’t have to wait long as I had my custom painted peacock colored spook crushed by a largemouth bass. I had barely released my bass when Brad hooked up nearby. He landed his largemouth bass and after a few pictures taken by Doug, he released it.
Work being done
Doug doing his thing
Photo by Doug Stamm
The sun was warming up the air nicely as we entered the lake area and it looked promising. The water was nice and calm and the area looked fishy. We kept at it with our topwater lures when Brad’s was slammed by a nice snook. The fish stayed deep and tried to pull Brad and his Revo around the lake. He eventually tired and Brad landed it.
Brad's Morning snook
We worked around the edges of the lake unsuccessfully and concentrated on a little canal with some good weed cover. It was there I landed the best largemouth of the day from under a submerged branch. Although not one of the giant bass that inhabit these canals, it was a decent fish for the day.
The water had warmed up by now, so we began retracing our route looking for peacocks. We searched everywhere they should be, around pilings, branches and rocks, but found none. We ended up back in the main canal and our prospects were looking weaker. I saw a few peacocks holding close to a dock piling, but they saw me too.
Then, Brad and Doug called over and alerted me to a peacock they saw hiding under a submerged palm frond. Brad had already casted to it with no luck. I tossed my bait near the structure and was immediately rewarded with a drag screaming surprise. It was a nice male peacock bass with a grudge and he pulled me right into the brush. I regained my composure and the upper hand, and landed him soon after.
Male Peacock Bass
Photo by Doug Stamm
Soon, we found ourselves back at the launch. Even though the day started a little cool, it turned out to be sunny and warm. By the end of our day, we had managed to catch all the species we came for, and everyone had fun. As always, I look forward to the next adventure.