Larry's Peacock Bass Log
The following data represents an accurate accounting of Larry Larsen's personal best catches as he travels the world in search of peacock bass (PB). It is
updated after each trip.
Catch Photos From My Most Recent Trips -
When & Where: January 2013, Brazil's Rio Negro while fishing with the Captain Peacock
yacht operation. Due to extremely low water conditions which hampered yacht movement
away from Barcelos, fishing for giant peacocks nearby was very tough. This double digit fish was one of only two that I could find in the shallow lagoons and backwaters of
nearby river tributaries. It was taken on a Pavon Prop topwater plug tossed to a flat area
between some flooded trees. Our group's large fish of the week was only 17 pounds.
When & Where: October 2012, Brazil's Rio Negro while fishing with the Captain
Peacock yacht operation. This beautiful fish weighing 22.5 pounds was taken on a
Red & White rattlin'-type Jig while trolling a large lagoon with slightly high water. The
fish which swam under two submerged logs prior to be pressured out the way it went in, was my 31st peacock bass over 20 pounds. Our group of 11 caught 5 fish over 20
pounds this week.
- No. of PB over 10 pounds = 1,875
- No. of PB "Teeners" (13#s to 19#s) = 588
- No. of PB over 20 pounds = 31 (in 13 different watersheds; Brazil - 29, Venezuela - 2)
- Total No. of Trips after PB = 78 (incl. 56 to Brazil)
- Trips to Waters with Grande (3-bar) PB = approx. 58
- Countries Fished for PB = 6 - Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Panama, USA (Hawaii & Florida)
- First PB Trip = October 1988 Lake Guri, Venezuela
- Largest PB = Two 25-pounders, one on the lower Rio Unini, Brazil on Black/Orange Woodchopper in
November, 2002 and the other on Rio Caures, Brazil on a Giant Fire Tiger Woodchopper in October 2007
- Largest butterfly PB = 10.5 pounds (IGFA World Record for 7 years) caught in March 1994 on Rio Branco tributary, Brazil on Woodchopper
- Largest PB "double" on one plug = 30 pounds (17.0#er and 13.0#er on parrot-colored Woodchopper in February 2003 on upper Rio Unini, Brazil
- Largest "double" with partner = 44.5 pounds (Larry's 25#er and Ruede Wheeler 19.5#s) in November 2002 on Rio Unini, Brazil
- Longest PB = 39 inches (a 22.5#er on a minnowbait caught in Rio Pasimoni, Venezuela lagoon in Feb. 2002)
- Best day for no. of "Teeners" = 13 in November 2006, on upper Rio Unini, Brazil
- Best week for "Teeners" = 25 in Feb. 2003 on Rio Unini, Brazil
- Best week for PB over 15 pounds = 18 in March 2002 on Rio Cuini, Brazil
- Highest number of PB in one day = 88 on Rio Omero, Brazil in February 2012.
- Highest number of PB in one week = 415 on Rio Agua Boa, Brazil in the early 1990s.
- No. of PB World Records (Line Class) = 7 set on Rio Pasimoni, Venezuela; Rio Curimoni, Venezuela; Rio Amazon, Peru in the 1990's (4 remain active)
Toughest Adversary: A dolphin grabbed my "double" catch that I had
hooked on December 2, 2011 on a topwater plug three times and moved off with them only to let go after seeing it could not remove
them from my plug. I finally got the plug to the boat with both of the 2-pound peacock attached and their gory tails revealed the dolphin
teeth scrapes. The dolphin got away.
- Biggest Snake Ever Seen: The highlight of a February 2011 trip to the Bita River in Colombia was spending 15 minutes face-to-face with the
21-foot, 300 pound anaconda and surviving! Here, the huge monster snake is inspecting my topwater lure just beneath him. (I was
relatively safe in a boat while snapping over 100 images!)
- Inducted Into Fishing Hall of Fame - February 1999 Hayward, WI