Fishing HFC waters requires special tackle. The monster fish will just eat
small-mouth lures and snap medium weight line. A typical peacock bass
tackle box includes everything from topwater Jumping Minnows and Peacock
Bass lures to spoons and Rapalas. HFC caters to all classes of fishermen,
whether they use casting, spinning, or fly-fishing gear. Since we
recognize that each fisherman has his or her favorite style of fishing,
our guides are experienced in all three styles. Here are a few suggestions
to make your trip a successful one.
RODS - Bait casting and spinning rods
should be 6-7ft in length with a medium-heavy action. A rod with a fast
tip and lots of backbone for hauling in the big ones must also be able to
allow you to work your baits in their required manner. Too heavy of an
action rod will detract from the action you can relay to the bait, while
also causing the fisherman to tire more rapidly.
REELS - You should try to match your
reel to your rod to have a balanced combo, which can be cast all day
without wearing you out. High-speed retrieve reels with 6:3 to 1 ratio are
a plus. Reels should also be able to hold at least 80-100 yards of 17-20lb
monofilament fishing line or 50lb braided line. Reels should also be
checked prior to making your trip to make sure the drag is smooth. Peacock
bass and payara will definitely test your drag, and if it is not in
perfect working order the results could be the loss of your dream fish.
FISHING LINE - In most cases
monofilament line of good quality will suffice, but we also use various
classes of braided lines when fishing heavy cover. Our most used
monofilament line is Trilene Big Game 17-20lb green. We also use 50-80lb
braided lines for certain lures and fishing conditions. The braided line
we suggest is the Tuff Line XP. This line works equally well on casting or
spinning equipment. Remember, these are only suggestions, and you must be
comfortable and confident in what you use.
FLY FISHING - Fishing: The best
overall results have been had using an 8wt rod with 14-20lb tippet. We
have had great success using both large poppers and streamer flies. Hooks
should have a wide throat in order to make good hookups, and increase your
chances of landing a trophy. Backing should be 17-20lb monofilament.
Fishermen wishing to try their luck with payara should have a 9-10wt
heavy-action rod with a reel holding extra backing.
LURES - Topwater:
Heddon Super Spook, Rebel Jumpin Minnow, Luhr-Jensen Woodchopper 5/8oz,
Luhr-Jensen Big Game Woodchopper or Big Game Ripper, Luhr-Jensen
Jerk-N-Sam 5/8oz, Storm Lures Magnum Chug-Bug.
Sub-surface baits: Yozuri crippled Minnow 5” & 7”, Bomber
Long-A model 15A & 16A, Bill Lewis Rattletraps ¾ & 1oz, Daredevil gold/silver
spoons w/2” body 3/4oz wt.
HOOKS AND SPLIT RINGS - Enough cannot
be said about purchasing and replacing the original hooks and split rings
on all baits you will use while fishing at HFC. We highly suggest you have
4X strong treble hooks in sizes #2, #1, and 1/0. Split rings should be
x-strong tempered steel. The majority of big fish are lost not due to
fisherman error, but from tackle failure. If you can bend a treble hook
using your thumb and forefinger, the peacock bass and payara will
straighten it like a sewing needle.