- Unregulated Species
You’re cruising Estero Bay and see something small leap out of the water. What was it? More than likely, you saw a school of ladyfish. Though not considered edible in most circles, these fish are very fun to catch and make excellent live bait for large snook or tarpon. They frequent lower salinity estuaries – especially shallow, slow-moving water areas like mangrove channels. Although their chompers aren’t as obvious as those of a sheepshead, these fish do have small, razor sharp teeth that will cut flesh. Consider a de-hooker or some other precaution while handling. An added bonus, these fish bite around the clock, their intense energy a welcome reprieve from an otherwise dead tide.