Let’s hear it for Hialeah and a big fish.
Local angler Felipe Prieto holds a new state record for the largest catch of butterfly peacock bass, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission has announced.
The man from the City of Progress reeled in a big one that weighed in at 9.11 pounds and measured close to two feet long.
Prieto’s mammoth yellow and orange catch, caught with live bait from a Broward County lake, supersedes the 1993 state record of 9.08 pounds, the state wildlife agency said.
About the fish
Originating from South America, peacock bass are the only nonnative species to be legally established in Florida. The agency introduced this species into coastal southeastern canals in 1984 to help reduce the amount of undesirable exotic fishes, such as spotted tilapia.
The record catch doesn’t seem as if it could have been too easy for the Hialeah resident. The colorful game fish is known to be “a lightning-fast striker and a hard fighter,” Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto said in a statement.
Think you have caught the big one?
Anglers can check the current state records at BigCatchFlorida.com by clicking on “State Record” and notify the nearest FWC regional office if you believe you have reeled in a record fish.