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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

Fished Biscayne Bay Flamingo Key Largo this week! - 2/23/2023 9:26:33 AM

Definitely best fish of the week! I covered a lot of water in the last week. I fished with long time clients Tim and Paul at Flamingo one day B (View)

Warmer temps produced good action. - 1/28/2023 11:59:15 AM

I spent a few days fishing offshore and the patch reefs in Key Largo last week. I along with everyone else were trolling for Wahoo on the New M (View)

11-30-22 - 11/30/2022 9:27:15 AM

We’ve finally gotten some nice calm conditions and things are starting to clean up a bit. There’s been good action on the beach north of Sebast (View)

Fun Fishing -Boat Problems! - 12/2/2022 9:30:05 AM

I had a freak part break last week and it almost kept me off the water. The bracket on the starter broke not letting the motor start and we had (View)

11-23-22 - 11/23/2022 9:28:11 AM

It looks like we’ve got some better weather headed our way for the holiday weekend. There haven’t been lots of reports over the last few days b (View)

Cooler waters – more species - 10/23/2022 8:05:46 AM

The water has cooled down with the recent fronts in the clearwater/Stpete FL. Bait has been plentiful with scaled sardines threadfin shad ladyf (View)

10-5-22 - 10/5/2022 9:49:28 AM

It appears the mullet run has turned back on full tilt post storm with lots of finger mullet and some silvers moving down the beach. Tarpon sha (View)

Football Sized Redfish - 9/26/2022 7:40:00 PM

 I fished south again today meeting William and Dara Blalock out at the Goffinville Park boat ramp.  If I had to sum up the day it was a Jack o (View)

Reds and Trout at Amelia Island - 9/22/2022 4:54:00 PM

 I was out at Goffinsville Park as the sun came up this morning meeting John Raker and his friends Kurtand Melissa for a back country fishing t (View)

Everglades Report - 9/19/2022 6:00:24 PM

This monster redfish couldn’t resist a fresh cut piece of ladyfish that we were using for bait The post Everglades Report appeared first on Eve (View)