The Ladyfish, scientifically⁣ known as Elops saurus,⁤ is a marine fish species ‍belonging ‌to⁣ the‌ family ⁣Elopidae. Known for their slender,⁤ rounded body​ and silvery-blue color, they are an exciting catch for recreational anglers.

Conservation Status

The current⁤ conservation status of the Ladyfish is considered “Least Concern” as⁣ per the International ‌Union ⁤for Conservation ​of Nature (IUCN). Ongoing conservation ⁤efforts⁣ are centered⁤ around sustainable fishing ‍regulations and the preservation of their natural habitats.


Statistic Average Range
Length 50 cm 15 ⁢- 90 ​cm
Weight 2 Kg 0.5 ⁢-⁣ 6 Kg
Average Lifespan 6 years N/A


The⁣ Ladyfish is found widely across regions‍ in the Atlantic and Pacific ocean. Key areas of distribution include East and ‍West coast of United States, as well as in waters around Mexico,​ South America, Africa, ‍India, and ​Eastern Asia. No significant migration patterns have been noted for ‍this species.


Ladyfish prefer warm, brackish waters with temperatures spanning⁣ 32 – 72°F.⁤ Their depth range varies from⁣ surface levels ‍to about 50 metres. They are commonly found​ in estuaries, coastal areas, and occasionally venture​ into freshwater systems.

When and Where to ‍See

Ladyfish are seen⁤ all year round with more frequent sightings during⁢ the late spring and summer months.⁢ Anglers often spot them during the⁢ early morning or late evening hours⁤ when they actively feed.

Best Fishing Locations

Top‍ places ⁢to find Ladyfish include:

  1. Biscayne Bay, Florida
  2. Keys, Florida
  3. Galveston Bay, Texas
  4. Mobile ‍Bay, Alabama
  5. Darkar, Senegal
  6. Goa, India
  7. Singapore

When​ looking for ⁤Ladyfish,‍ it can be helpful to spot areas with‍ signs of feeding‍ fish,‍ such as surface disturbances. ‍Find locations where small baitfish are abundant.

How to Catch

Ladyfish are⁣ attracted to shiny lures or small live bait. Fly fishing‌ and trolling are usually the best techniques to catch them. The⁢ best times for fishing are early morning ‍or late evening.

Identification ⁣Guide

Ladyfish have a‍ slender, rounded body with silvery-blue color that darkens on the back, and ⁢a ​deeply forked tail. They have a ⁢pointed snout and large, mouth with small ‌sharp teeth. They may be⁢ confused with Tarpon, but unlike tarpon, ladyfish do not ‍have⁣ a lateral line‍ and have smaller scales.


Though⁢ not usually considered ‌a table ⁣fare due to its bony structure, Ladyfish can be cooked, ​smoked or dried. Its taste is mildly sweet and⁣ it pairs well with citrus or spicy⁤ flavors. ⁤It’s ‌a good source of protein and holds low fat content.

Additional Information

Ladyfish are predatory in nature, feeding mainly ‍on‌ small fish and invertebrates. They⁢ are known​ for their ‌spectacular leaps and​ long runs when hooked.⁢ Major threats include habitat​ loss and recreational angling. The Ladyfish holds significance in sport fishing for its fierceness ‍and agility.

References and Further Reading

For more information⁤ on Ladyfish, the ‌following ​sources are recommended: