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Old 09-01-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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Is an LY a menhaden? Has anyone seen any schools before the storm?
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:37 PM   #2
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An ly other wise known as a (ailwise) or mossbunker also known as menhaden....AKA>latin BREVOORITA TYRANNUS!! When i was a kid growing up in NJ i worked in the bellford fish and seafood company and all i did all day was shovel these smelly begger's into a grinder%$#@%$ now i just use them for bait.They can weigh up to six pounds and are a best bait for big tuna.

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Old 09-01-2008, 02:53 PM   #3
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Thank you Capt. Jim. Just moved down here from Jersey. This redfishin is a lot like striper fishin.

They fight almost identical. Do you charter a boat?
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:15 PM   #4
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not trying to be mean but you are completely wrong

this is a menhaden

<a href="http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/i...t=Menhaden.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...5/Menhaden.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

this is an LY aka scaled sardine

<a href="http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/i...ledSardine.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...ledSardine.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

all those names you said were for a menhaden an LY is a completly diffrent bait fish
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:38 PM   #5
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Yep, Kingling is right. LY andMenhaden are totaly different. LY look more like a threadfinherring. They are also called a scaled sardine.
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:32 PM   #6
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I know from being on the Okaloosa Island Pier fishing that there is one I think they call it a Leatherback. Anyway, kinda like a herring, but right behind the fin there is a barb that barely sticks out and it will make you sick. Wish I could find a pic of one.
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I have no science, but I net them both for bait.....LY's...and Menhadden are 2 different baits....i will get up to speed with FWC Marine Fisheries and report back.

see any bonefish lately?

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Old 09-01-2008, 08:48 PM   #8
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There arefour different species of fish that are commonly mis-identified as an LY.. the term LY is southern slang for alewife which is a northeast Atlantic fish that we don't even have around here..you should never, ever use the term LY! It's totally inaccurate,incorrect and thereis no species offish in the literature with that name.

1. There are scaled sardines with a deeper body and there are also spanish sardines that are thinner.... down in South Florida they call these white bait.. when you throw your net on them, the net looks white as you pull it up.. this is what most people incorrectly call "LY".

2. Juvenile menhaden are another species that are incorrectly identified. They have a dot on their side.

3. You also have threadfin herring, which are the easiest to id because they have a long threadfin coming off their dorsal fin. They also have a dot on their side.

All three are excellent baitfish, menhaden are the toughest to keep alive in your livewell.

Take a minute to look them up on fishbase.org or google the images, and you'll know all the species in a matter of minutes.
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:32 PM   #9
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Bob,

to me it looks like the little boy, probably your son is whsipering the facts on this subject into your ear, so it looks like it's coming from you?

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Shiznik (9/1/2008)I know from being on the Okaloosa Island Pier fishing that there is one I think they call it a Leatherback. Anyway, kinda like a herring, but right behind the fin there is a barb that barely sticks out and it will make you sick. Wish I could find a pic of one.
I've heard those called crazy fish. Don't they have a yellow tail? Don't know about being sick but they hurt for a while if you get poked.
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