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Old 10-30-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Default Menhaden - ly or what?

I have observed that many locals have a different idea about what an ly is. The only references I have found on line say it is another name for Menhaden. I have heard people point to fish in the bay identifying them as lys when they were menhaden, pinfish, minnows, or finger mullet. Can anyone set the record straight for me?

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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http://www.otterpointcreek.org/image...ion%20Tips.pdf

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:41 PM   #3
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As posted above, I believe what most people call an "LY" is an "alewife" just with the name shortened by dialect. It is different than a menhaden.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alewife
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Its not actually LY, it is alewive or alewife. And no, it is not the same as a menhaden.
Alewife (LY)
Menhaden.

I hope this helps you to better understand. Menhaden is the better bait of the two, IMO. O*D*W
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what we here in the panhandle call an ly it a scaled sardine or pilchard what the guys in the big bend call lys is menhaden therefore if u buy frozen bait caught from the big bend menhaden may be marked as lys thats where the confusion comes from
there is also a northeastern baitfish called an alewife but they dont live here
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Menhaden and LY are definitely different. Menhaden usually travel farther up our bay system and even into our rivers. They can be found in all the bayous nearly all summer long. Lys are much hardier and usually are found closer to the pass and hanging around our gulf piers.
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Look on the 4th page of the link. We also get alot of Threadfin around here.
http://www.otterpointcreek.org/image...ion%20Tips.pdf
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this is what we call an ly and no its not an alewife those live way up northeast and have populated the great lakes and many inland waterways but they dont live if fla
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Thanks guys for clearing this up.

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thought the picture was titled but thats a scaled sardine more comonly known as a pilchard but known in the panhandle as the elusive ly
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