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Fishing for Cichlid


Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing

The last time you heard or read the name cichlid was probably at a pet store, correct?

However, grab your rod; there is more to the name than a few fancy fish in bubbling aquariums.

There are over 1,600 species of cichlids found throughout the world, with many local anglers actively in search of them.

In jungle waters of Latin America for example, jaguar cichlids or rainbow bass (also a cichlid) pop up between brush and water-logged trees, hunting aggressively and fighting hard like a smallmouth bass.

Most cichlids are very difficult to catch due to their gnarled habitat- perfect for the accomplished angler full of patience and tricks up their sleeve! Tropical forests fall and weave their way into rivers, providing great protection and a million different ways to tear off a hook and line.

Spin fishing, light baitcasting or casting streamers with a fly rod are great ways to fish for the hard-headed, spike-finned predator of typically shallow, tropical water systems.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Cichlidae

Size: 1 – 2.5 m

Weight: 0.6 – 2.7 kg

Lifespan: 13 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): South America, Africa