The Peacock bass (Cichla spp.), a native of tropical South America is in actual fact a cichlid. Called the Pavon or Tucunare in their homeland, they gained the common name because of their basslike shape and peacock feather `eyes' on the caudal fin.
Considered by many to be the world's greatest freshwater game fish, this magnificent and largest member of the Cichlidae family has been successfully introduced into Central America, Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and Guam for sport fishing. The current IGFA World Record rod and line capture 27 pounds fish caught in Rio Negro, Brazil, by Oklahoman, Gerald `Doc' Lawson. The charm of the Peacock bass was made known to the world through an article in TIME Magazine entitled The New Fishing Frontier.
Peacock bass has been bred in captivity for some years now in Taiwan and Indonesia mainly for the aquarium trade. Some ponds in Malaysia and one reservoir in Singapore was known to have been either intentionally or unwittingly stocked with fish that were originally imported for the aquarium.
Fish sold as Cichla ocellaris in the aquarium trade may turn out to beCichla orinocensis or the smaller Cichla monoculas.
Commercial Peacock Bass Sites
Tucunare of Hawaii Tucunare - Peacock bass (Brazil) The New Fishing Frontier (TIME Magazine) Florida's Fish Of A Different Color Fish & Famous - pb & personalities IGFA World Record Peacock Bass Pockets of Peacock - Peru (Larry Larsen) Brazilian Peacock Action (Larry Larsen) Brazil's Aquatic Ambassador (Andy Hahn) South Florida's Peacock Bass (Book by Carlos Hidalgo) Proud as a Peacock (Vic Dunaway) The Fishing World's Peacock Bass Book (Brazil) International Peacock Bass Forum (Hosted by TFW) Young Tuc' (young Grande Peacock)
Net Friend's Sites
Mark Sosin's Saltwater Journal Fishinternet Australia