Ladyfish ( Elops sp. )
Common Name: Ladyfish
Local Name: Bidbid
Max Size: 100 cm (3.7 kgs)
Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Endemic
Depth: Surface – ?? meters
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: None
Recommended Bait/Lures: Cut Bait (Shrimp and fish), lures
IUCN Red List Status: (LC) Least Concern
This is another species found in the Philippines specifically along the coastline where estuaries and mangrove swamps are. These aggressive predators are often mistaken for Milkfish (Bangus) because of their almost identical body shape and color. The fry of these fish look almost identical to Milkfish fry and so they are often mistakenly stocked in Milkfish ponds where they become a damaging pest.
Ladyfish can be taken on a variety of baits and lures. They are quite aggressive and often leap from the water when hooked to try to escape. They have large soft mouths which can make landing them quite frustrating. They often will strike and and run and manage to unhook themselves before you can land them.
I have not listed a specific species for the Ladyfish here because there are apparently seven different species of this fish which share many similarities. I prefer to just call these Philippine Ladyfish.
If you have caught Ladyfish here in the Philippines or if you have any other helpful information regarding this fish then please contact us.
Angler: Ron Cortez
Location: D’Cove Pavilion and Fishpond; Tagalag, Valenzuela
Date: December 17, 2016
Weight: 3.7 kilograms
Length: 36 inches
Bait: cut shrimp
Setup: Ultra Light (6lbs)