How to identify a Butterfly Peacock Bass
They are yellowish green, with three dark, yellow-fringed blotches along the lateral midsection, or bars that typically fade in fish larger than three or four pounds. A small “eyespot”, characteristic of all peacock bass, appears at the beginning of the caudal fin. The iris of the eye is frequently deep reddish in color. They are also distinguished by the absence of black markings on the opercula. This species is believed to attain weights of 11 to 12 pounds.
Where to catch Butterfly Peacock Bass
The butterfly peacock is native to tropical South America but was introduced to Hawaii in 1957 and later to Florida and Texas in the mid 1980’s. It has also been stocked in many other locations including Puerto Rico, Panama, Kenya, Guam and the Dominican Republic. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: