The Mayan Cichlid is a non-native species from Central and South America. First reported here in 1983, this fish is now prevelent in Florida Bay and the Everglades. Also called the Mexican Mojarra, it lives in the backcountry estuaries and creeks and is prey for snook, tarpon and redfish.
I tie this in sizes 2-3/0 with Flash'N Slinky fibers in olive, light green, white and a pinch of red for the gills over a body of flat Bodi Braid. I use oversized gold/silver/black Pelagic Eyes and finish it off with some brown bars from a Pantone marker. You can tie this with darker browns and olive/greens along with green/red/black Pelagic Eyes for darker water conditions.
It is a great attractor/searching pattern that sinks well and has a lot of flash. Throw one of these at a rolling tarpon or cruising snook next time.
Capt Bill Baldus
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