The Ladyfish is found
inshore inhabiting the bays and estuaries and occasionally will enter fresh
water. It is often found in large schools chasing small bait fish. It is similar
to a juvenile Tarpon in size and the most common weight caught is about 2 to 3
lbs. Having caught one inshore recently I have to say it is a beautiful looking
fish. The Florida record is 4 lbs 10 oz. World Record 5 lb
Apparently one of the best
acrobatic small fish in Florida, making frequent and spectacular jumps. Have to
report that mine never jumped but pulled well for its size.
Tackle & Bait
To catch this species you
need only light boat tackle with 10 to 20 in main line. Fish baits seem to me
the best to use. I caught mine using the silver belly fish strip from Bonito.
The fish made a good account of itself on light gear. Can also be caught using
top water plugs and jigs. The boys at the dock catch then under the dock using shrimp
pieces. Apparently Ladyfish make great bait for Grouper or Amberjacks.
I was originally informed
that the fish was inedible having many bones and had a very soft mushy flesh.
However having recently discussed favourite fish with some people on the dock I
was surprised to learn that one man's favourite fish was in fact the Ladyfish. He
said they made great fishcakes.
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