Saltwater Fishing

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Fish of the Week - Ladyfish    Ladyfish               

Elops saurus


  • Terminal mouth
  • Slender body
  • Small scales
  • Last dorsal ray not elongated
  • Head small and pointed

Similar Fish: Juvenile Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus

Size:  2 to 3 pounds

Habitat: Inshore fish, in bays and estuaries; occasionally enters freshwater, occurring in tidal pools and canals; often forms large schools and harasses   bait at the surface. 

Notes: Known to spawn offshore; ribbon-like larvae very similar to Albua and Megalops, peaking in fall; adults feed predominantly on fish and   crustaceans; leaps when hooked. 

Art by Diane Rome Peebles

From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.

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