It is the smallest of the genus, considered the elite of freshwater predators, that combines beauty, speed and greed, no fish can compete with them on the banks of pristine rivers that flow throughout South America.
How To Identify:
Blackstripe Peacock are marked uniquely with a row of irregular dark blotches and six or seven vertical bars along the side just below the lateral line. Adults have several small black blotches on gill covers. Light spots on the side are absent. The Body is olive on dorsum, shading to gold on the sides and the abdomen is white. The lower fins are red and the dorsal fin is bluish. Adults can grow from 200mm up to about 485mm (19 inches).
How To Catch:
If fishing for the smaller Blackstripe Peacock species you can use fairly light spinning or baitcast tackle. For the large ones in the Amazon 30lb braided line should suffice but if you are casting large lures you might want a thicker braid for insurance. Blackstripe Peacock are caught on both lures and bait, although in the Amazon they are primarily fished with lures. Probably the best high percentage Blackstripe Peacock lure is the bucktail jig. Zara Spook type lures can also work sometimes.
It occurs in regions of South America like the Orinoco River basin, tributaries of the Orinoco River, and the Casiquiare River in Venezuela. They can also be rarley found in Colombia. Blackstripe Peacock are also found in Brazil in the upper Black River.