The first couple of months in the new year can be kind of a bummer for anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. Memories of the holiday season are fading, but we’re also entering into a typically lean period for the inshore fishing scene.

We’ll have pockets of opportunity when warming trends and strong tides create favorable conditions, but there will still be those long, grueling days when guides and casual anglers alike struggle to find a cooperative redfish, speckled trout, snook, or flounder.

Bummer, no doubt, but thank goodness for ladyfish: the dependable day-maker that saves many an otherwise doomed fishing trip.

A perpetual appetite, indiscriminate feeding preferences, respectable fighting skills, and amazing aerial abilities: that’s what these ladies bring to the table.

Oddly enough this slender, shiny fish is largely considered a nuisance during warmer months when they interfere with the pursuit of the A-listers. However, when winter finds anglers scratching their heads, this willing understudy will gladly put a bend in your rod.

Look for massive aggregations of ladyfish in deeper channels, coastal rivers and creeks, marinas and residential canals.

Big numbers, big appetites and big fun—it’s hard to turn down that deal.