I couldn’t believe it when my buddy, Vicky Stark sent me another video to publish in an article, she really likes the audience here at Great American Outdoors, you should all be flattered that she knows who we are. But before we watch the video, there is something I’d like to clear-up so that there are no misunderstandings. The ‘Peacock Bass’, isn’t really a ‘bass’ at all, it’s actually a Cichlid.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, let me give a brief snippet about Vicky Stark from one of my articles here at Great American Outdoors. The star of this video is a 33 year old woman named Vicky Stark and she is no slouch when it comes to fishing. She’s a Florida native and has become an internet sensation for her ability to catch large colorful fish while wearing increasingly skimpy bikinis.
Well, first of all, it’s not a bass. It’s a Cichlid. In fact, although this sounds like such a simple question that it shouldn’t merit more than a sentence or two for an answer, it’s actually far more complex than it seems. Depending on your interest, there’s a whole array of answers; a general answer, an aquarist’s answer, a scientist’s answer and an angler’s answer. Since this is after all, of course, a fisherman’s website, it’s the angler’s answer we want to get to. In order to address it in its full context, we’ll take a look at all the information and drill down to what’s important to the angler.
Let’s begin with a general overview of the genus Cichla. This will let us define what fishes we’re actually referring to when we use the term “peacock bass”. As we indicated above, the common term “bass” is not a particularly appropriate descriptor. Taxonomically, it’s a Cichlid. Within the family Cichlidae, the genus Cichla is comprised of fifteen different Neotropical species. (For more information about peacock bass classification, see our Peacock Bass ID Guide. All fifteen species share certain similarities. They are relatively large, diurnal (active in daylight) predators and they are primarily piscivorous (fish eaters). All are commonly known as ‘Peacock Bass’ in English, ‘Tucunaré’ in Brazil and ‘Pavon’ in Spanish speaking countries. They are of significant commercial importance in Amazonia, both as a sportfish and for human consumption.
Now that you know that, I suppose we can get to Vicky’s latest video, which I’m sure you all will enjoy very much.