Lady Fish

Friday October 09, 2015

Lady Fish

Lady Fish, Poor Man's Tarpon

Lady fish are cousins to the larger (much larger) tarpon. They have some similarities to the tarpon but less exagerated and smaller. I'm not sure what a terminal mouth means but the Florida Wildlife Commission biologist says they have one. Ladyfish have a slender body with small scales that come off very easily when boated. Their last dorsal ray is slightly elongated on a single dorsal. Ladyfish have a small pointed head and no teeth, but are feisty fighters and readily take artificial lures and baits.

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. We find ladyfish are abundant almost everywhere we fish from Ft Pierce Inlet to Mosquito Lagoon grass flats and dropoffs. You'll often find them in large schools in the middle of the lagoon feeding on glass minnows and other small finfish.


Ladyfish spawn offshore and are a great species to target for fun. Kids love to catch and watch these beautiful and easily targeted fish.

Once hooked, these fish stay in the air more than the water. Cousin to the larger tarpon, ladyfish are pound for pound as skillful and aerobatic fighter as the silver king. While ladyfish are not as sought out as the larger tarpon they can be a pleasant surprise for an angler when fishing is slow. Try ladyfish on small fly casting equipment or ultra-light spinning tackle, you won't regret this awesome Florida gamefish

Ladyfish Tip: Look for diving birds and splashing fish on the surface and you'll often find ladyfish schooling in the Indian River Lagoon. Ladyfish chunks make awesome baits for other species as they produce a wonderfully fishy aroma that triggers feeding in many Florida gamefish.


No limit or size regulation.

State Record

4 lbs., 10 ozs.

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Lady Fish are not nearly as presigious as their cousin the tarpon but they are tarpon wanna-be's. Once hooked ladyfish immediatly exit the water and head for the sky in multilple jumping succession. Ladyfish can bring with them screams of laughter and bliss as youthful anglers never seem to tire of hooking up and letting their guide unhook these slimmy fish from their rods and reels. Often leaving trails of boogers from their slime on everyone's clothing and boats, ladyfish can leave memories of a great day of fishing when cleaning both laundry and equipment at the end of the day. Don't shy away from the lady fish when they're around. ladies are a great catch when you want some action!

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October - 2015 Fishing Forecast

The frost is on the pumpkin, but not in Central Florida's Banana River Lagoon during October. The haloween month can be the first we really start feeling cooler temperatures and the fish seem to get frisky and are hungry during this fall month. Although we concentrate further south for snook during October, it's starting to really get good in the Banana River as bait from the fall mullet run are around and there's plenty of action for almost every species from snook to sea trout. Sea trout in the evenings can be fantastic or early in the morning when the sun is not fully out. Redfish and tarpon will be around the whole day for anglers to enjoy. Look for the Banana to get better and better during the coming weeks and months as winter makes itself known.

Florida Saltwater Gamefish

Redfish, Red Drum, Puppy Drum, Channel Bass

Common Snook, Swordspine Snook, Black Snook, Fat Snook, Robalo

Cobia, Ling, Crab Eater, Lemon Fish

Black Drum, Drum Fish, Drum

Spotted Seatrout, Sea Trout, Speckled Trout, Gator Trout

Tarpon, Sabalo, Silver King

Lady Fish, Poor Man's Tarpon

Blue Fish, Bluefish

Crevalle Jack, Jack Fish

Dolphin, Mahi Mahi, Dorado

King Mackerel, King Fish, Kingfish, Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Tripletail, Triple Tail, Bouy Bass

Cubera Snapper, Snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Amber Jack

Gag Grouper, Grey Grouper

Red Snapper, American Red Snapper

Sailfish, Sail Fish

Goliath Grouper or Jewfish