: Elops saurus
Poor man's Tarpon, Ten-Pounder, Skipjack.
All Florida coasts, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Ladyfish occur the full length of both coasts, ranging from the open sea
off beaches and shorelines, to inlets and bays, and for up coastal
streams. They seem to have no preferred surroundings, but follow
wherever good feeding conditions take them whether over shallow flats or
in deep holes and
channels. They love to feed at night and are common around lighted areas
of piers and docks. They often gather in large schools.
A slender, silvery fish with deeply forked tail and large, scoop-shaped
lower jaw. Said to be mistaken at times for the Bonefish, but the error
is difficult to conceive of, given the big mouth and jumping ability of
Usually 1-2 pounds; 3-4 pound. Ladyfish are whoppers. Reported to reach
even more, but very rarely. World record 5 pounds.
: 4 pounds, 10 ounces.
Poor- Edible but not very appetizing; many bones and flesh is mushy.
One of the wildest acrobats, always getting off spectacular and frequent
jumps. Larger ones are strong pullers and can uncork surprisingly long
TACKLE AND BAITS:
Scrappy on any light casting tackle, including fly. Great sport with
ultra light gear. Most are caught on cut strips, small live fish or live
shrimp by anglers fishing for something else, particularly for Trout on
the flats, but Ladyfish are ready strikers on most artificial lures of
appropriate size. Jigs and small topwater plugs rate high, as do popping
bugs and small white streamer flies.
Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing.