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hey guys,
I'm looking at planning a vacation to Florida in early March and was thinking about booking a guided trip for peacock bass. Does anyone here have any experience with any good guides at a good price?
I found prices range from $200-$600/ day. But first hand accounts of good guides would be much appreciated.
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Most guides will have a web page. Check for client reviews. If the guide is no good, you probably won't find any reviews. That's what I did fishing out of Bud and Mary's, in the Florida keys, a few years back.
 

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I booked a 1-day miami canals trip through http://www.hawghunterguideservice.com/ several years ago (~2004?). Frank was booked so he brokered my trip in the Miami canals with another guide. I caught 7 each peacocks and LMs, mostly on live shiners but a few on artificials as well. Nothing over 3lbs, but definitely a unique and memorable experience for me. It was a windy, bluebird day which made sight fishing difficult.

Frank posts reports at http://www.wmi.org/bassfish/reports/florida/index.html, which is how I found him.
 

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Peacock Bass

There is (or used to be) an independent tackle shop in Miami called The Fishing Line of Miami that specializes in peacocks. I am sure they can recommend a quality guide. Check with another tackle store called Crook and Crook in Coral Gables. They also can furnish guide recommendations. Peacock fishing in the canals is terrific but not real scenic. My favorite spot is the canal that runs behind Dadeland Mall and the best structure are the discarded, submerged shopping carts. No kidding. Drop me a PM and I can recommend some bank fishing spots and some lures and techniques to use.
 

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There is a guide that posts videos on you tube and his name is Capt. Shane. He fishes the everglades for bass and the canals around Miami for peacocks and snake heads. Do a search and he has his contact info and website.
 

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We took out Capt. Mark Hall, he is an amazing fisherman, we caught them allll day long on the fly and light spinning gear!! Those other larger guide services are kinda generic and mostly just fish shinners under bobber with catfish rods. (weak sauce) Capt. Mark is the real deal, he fishes non-stop (even when not guiding) and he don't count the hr's on the water like those other guys.. Water Sky Smile Cloud Sunglasses


His site is http://www.flyfishpeacocks.com
 
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