Species Information

Scientific Name:Elops saurus
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore
Ideal Temp:77-84°F (25-29°F)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Casting, Fly, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Flies, Jigs, Soft Plastics
World Record:3.62 kg (8 lb 0 oz) Sepatiba Bay, Brazil 21-Feb-2006
Other Names:ladyfish, tenpounder

The ladyfish or tenpounder (Elops saurus) is a species of fish in the genus Elops, the only genus in the monotypic family Elopidae. Like other species in its genus, the ladyfish has a long, slender, rounded body covered with silvery scales. Its mouth is terminal and the tail is deeply forked. The species can be distinguished by counting the number of gill rakers and vertebrae. The name comes from the Greek ellops - a kind of serpent. They are commonly known as ladyfish, skipjacks, jack-rashes, or tenpounders.

The ladyfish are a coastal-dwelling fish found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions, occasionally venturing into temperate waters. They are distributed in the western North Atlantic Ocean from New England to Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico. Its distribution overlaps with the malacho (Elops smithi) in the southeast US and the southern Gulf of Mexico.

The ladyfish is a marine species that lives in primarily coastal environments, and can occasionally be found in canals, sloughs and large rivers. They are inshore species that are commonly found in estuaries, coastal lagoons, hyper saline bays, along shorelines, and even venture far up coastal streams. Occasionally this fish is found several miles offshore. The ladyfish prefers open water areas in channels with moderate currents, and shallow bars and eddies at bends in rivers. It lives to depths of 160 feet. Spawning takes place at sea, and the fish larvae migrate inland entering brackish waters.

Adult ladyfish are strictly carnivorous, feeding on small bony fish, including members of its own species, menhaden and silversides, as well as invertebrates including crustaceans. This fish swallows its prey whole. When hooked, ladyfish will often make a fast run and wildly leap into the air. This acrobatic display has earned them the nickname “poor man’s tarpon.

Latest Ladyfish Fishing Reports and Spots

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We Went To The Bank - 6/15/2022 7:42:00 PM

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Nary a Trout Today - 6/16/2022 3:34:00 PM

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Fishing For Walleye - 6/17/2022 7:07:00 PM

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An Education - 6/13/2022 6:25:00 PM

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Big Start Nice Finish - 6/14/2022 5:23:00 PM

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We Worked The Banks - 6/8/2022 4:22:00 PM

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Mud Minnows Lead To Bragging Rights - 6/3/2022 8:37:00 PM

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Quick Wake Up Call - 5/31/2022 4:01:00 PM

 Back at it after a relaxing Memorial Day weekend I met the Cordill family -Bryan and Leigh and their birthday girl Anna Beth - up at the Dee D (View)