The Team at
InterAngler is hard at work to get the most up to date tackle requirements
posted here on our Website. We will continue to update this section
after each trip to keep it as current as possible. We have provided
instructions on how to tie one of the most productive jigs on our
recent trips to the Amazon.
Red Baron (A.K.A. "Amazon Annie") Peacock Bass Jig
Casting & Spinning rods/reels
Everyone has their favorite tackle. We highly recommend
bringing three or four-piece spin, casting, and fly rods that you
can carry on the plane. The cumbersome one-piece models often get
lost or broken in transport no matter how well they are packed.
Bait-casting and spinning rods should be LONG-HANDLED/medium-heavy
action models designed with plenty of backbone for hook setting/pressuring
big fish (recommended for 1-3 ounce lures). Bait-casting reels should
have a high-speed retrieve ratio, as lures are normally worked at
an extremely fast rate. Bring at least two rods and reels, because
you might break a rod or strip the gears in one of your reels. Because
of this, most anglers prefer to use casting rods instead of spinning
models. The precise, direct presentation of the level-wind casting
reel is generally much more accurate than the high-arching lob of
a spinning reel. Here are a few examples of the most popular tackle
BAITCASTING: G. Loomis, G3, three piece IM6 6'6"
Casting + Abu Garcia's 5500 C3-Two Speed level wind reel.
SPINNING: G. Loomis, G3, three piece IM6 Spinning + Diawa's '4500
Regal-Z' spinning reel.
Lines (Spin / Cast)
We supply free of charge: 50 LB. Berkley
'Gorilla Braid' (green color). (Kevlar sinks and is therefore not
suitable for top-water fishing).
Lure Selection Chart
Make sure to bring AT LEAST the minimum
number of recommended lures listed in front of each lure type --
in mixture of BOTH light and dark colors/shades (i.e. 10 of the
'propeller-type' top water, 8 of the minnow/jerk bait, etc...) Angling
conditions will have you going through a lot of tacke. In many cases,
there are several brands of lures listed under each classification.
Those listed first are the most popular, although the order could
be a topic of serious dispute among peacock 'veterans'.
Classification: PROPELLER TYPE (topwater)
Model: 'Big Game Wood Chopper'
Size: 6-3/4 "
Classification: MINNOW/JERK BAITS (surface)
Company: Cotton 'Redfin' Cordell
Model: 'Long A Minnow'
Size: 6" hvy. dty. hointed 1oz.
Color: Silver Flash
Company: Tony Aceta
Model: # 17 Pet Spoon'
Size: 1 oz.
- FLY FISHING
Streamers fished on sinking lines seem to be most
productive (not only in terms of overall numbers of peacocks, but
for larger-sized fish as well). Popular streamers include 6-inch
(5/0) bi-colored, heavily-dressed bucktails in red/yellow, olive/white,
black/white, and orange/black. Big Deceivers, Bunnies, Saltwater
Zonkers, Clousser Minnows, and other flashy bait-fish imitations
all take fish. All patterns should have generous amounts of matching
Flashabou or Crystal Flash. Big saltwater poppers are exciting to
fish, but can be extremely exhausting to cast and retrieve for a
prolonged period. Gaines saltwater popper in red/yellow and pearl/olive
hold up well and are hard to beat in terms of their 'action' in
water. 'Sliders' are productive in clear water situations. Popovic's
'Silicone Mullet' in olive and white is hard to beat. Fly SHADE
seems more important than COLOR depending upon light conditions.
For this reason have an adequate selection of light and dark patterns.
We recommend that you bring at least two dozen streamers (half light
and half dark) and eight or ten poppers. Hooks should be razor sharp
- dull hooks SIGNIFICANTLY reduce hookup rate.
* Fly Rods
They should be fast action models, because they load
sinking lines more efficiently and generally have more 'backbone'
than softer models. Bring at least two fly rods, because they often
break under the 'jungle stress'. Reels don't need to hold a lot
of backing because peacocks don't make long runs, but a smooth strong
drag is essential. Recommended 'hevy' fly rod & reel combination:
A stiff/fast action, 9-foot, nine or ten-weight rod (Sage 990-3RPLX)
+ Scientific Anglers 'System 2- 89' reel.
Recommended 'med-heavy' fly rod & reel combination (for smaller
fish): A stiff/fast action, 9-foot, seven-weight rod (Sage 790 -
3RPLX) + Sicentific Anglers 'System 2-78' reel.
* Sinking Lines
They are undoubtedly much more effective than floating
lines. A Teeny '300 T-Series/Sink Tip' (this line can be fished
on anything from a seven to ten weight rod) is our number one choice,
followed by a Scientific 'Uniform Sink V' full sinker. Also bring
a floating line for poppers and sliders. A line with drastic weight-forward
taper (like Scientific Anglers 'Mastery Saltwater Tarpon') matched
to your rod weight will handle the wind-resistant poppers most effectively.
A Small Cotton Minnow Seine is a must to keep your fly line from
tangling in the boat's seats, floorbaords, rods etc.
Peacocks are not the least bit leader shy. Most fly anglers use
a straight shot (approximately six feet) of 40-50 pound monofilament
leader material. Anything lighter will be snapped off like sewing
thread when that fifteen 'pounder' runs you into a tree or rock
pile. You will go through a lot of leader material, because of the
peacock's extremely abrasive teeth. We recommend buying a 1/2-pound
spool of Ande 'Tournament' monofilament. If you're trying for a
IGFA record, you'll have to follow their leader specifications.