Smallmouth bass mainly prey on small fish like minnows, shads, and chubs. They also love to eat crayfish, insects, and tadpoles. Cannibalism among juvenile and adult fish is common in waters with low food abundance and high competition from other predators.
If you’re unfamiliar with these bass grounds and don’t know the best hot spots for Florida bass, heading out with a local fishing guide can be an excellent idea.
While the average size of most peacock bass in Florida is between 12 and 17 inches and 1 to 3 pounds, this fish can reach a maximum size of approximately 28 inches and 15 pounds. Florida peacocks are, however, somewhat smaller.
While striped bass have an average size of about 25 to 35 inches and 10 to 20lb, they can reach a maximum length of up to 60 inches and a maximum weight of about 120lb. A trophy striper starts at a weight of around 20 to 30lb.
While the average size of the largemouth bass is between 13 and 20 inches and 1 and 5 pounds, they can reach a maximum length of about 30 inches and a weight of a little over 20lb. A largemouth of 8lb or more is considered a trophy fish in most states.
Smallmouth bass typically spawn between late April and early July in water temperatures between 55 and 70F.