- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
A long and slender specimen, the ladyfish has a fine-scaled silver body with a blue-green tone on the upper dorsal area. Their appearance somewhat resembles the popular tarpon, but ladyfish are much smaller (they are related, however). It has a small, pointed head with a large terminal mouth. The pectoral fins are located extremely low on the body and its single dorsal fin is located in the middle of its back, beginning just behind the front of the pelvic fin. The anal fin is centrally located between the dorsal fin and a deeply forked tailfin.
Ladyfish feed on smaller fish and crustaceans and are frequently observed in schools pursuing their prey near the surface of the water.
Ladyfish are found in the western Atlantic from Cape Cod and Bermuda to the northern Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil. They are more common in waters in the Caribbean and around southern Florida.
The ladyfish is an inshore fish that prefers warm, shallow water over the sandy or muddy bottoms of inlets, bays and brackish estuaries. Occasionally, the ladyfish, which often forms in large schools, will enter freshwater such as canals and tidal pools.
- The all-tackle world record for a ladyfish is 5 pounds, 14 ounces.
- Ladyfish are sometimes confused with bonefish. However, the lower jaw of the ladyfish is much bigger than that of the bonefish, whose upper jaw extends past the lower. Also, ladyfish will leap in the air when caught, as opposed to the bonefish, which tends to make long runs along the bottom.