When a peacock takes a shot at a popper on the surface, it’ll stop your heart. Froth goes flying, and the smack rings out across the water. Problem is, peacocks have a bad habit of missing on the first strike. When that happens, the angler quite often stops working the popper, figuring the fish will come back for round two. Bad move. Nothing makes a peacock bass more upset than thinking a delicious meal is getting away, so when a fish misses, start chugging the popper even harder and faster than you did when you drew the initial hit. Work the fly all the way back to the boat. Peacocks have no issue rushing in on a popper that’s just a few feet away from the tip of the rod.