The fish aren't bass at all, but members of the cichlid family, misnamed by adventure anglers who likened their shape and habits to those of largemouth bass. The butterfly peacocks of Miami average about 2-4 pounds, with six pounders being trophies and 10 pounds constituting a once-in-a-lifetime fish. That's small compared to the 20-25 pound black barred giant peacocks that inhabit the Amazon, at least in our imaginations and the footage of adventure fishing shows. But the discrepency in poundage is easily overcome by the cheaper plane ticket and shorter flight required to go fishing in Florida instead of Brazil. How do you catch them? "The key to targeting these fish is speed," said Mark Hall, a peacock bass guide in Miami. Butterfly peacock bass are ambush feeders. They respond agressively to fast, erratic retrieves. They hit crankbaits, topwater lures, and jigs. They will also eat live shiners. One thing they wont eat, which differs them from largemouth and smallmouth bass, is soft plastics. But a typical rod rigged for bass fishing will suffice. Fly rod anglers should use five to seven-weight rods and cast colorful streamer patterns, clousers, or topwater poppers.