Luderick local fish species facts and Limits. Luderick are an underrated fish in Victoria that are often a bycatch of anglers targeting bream within estuaries. Considered to be a vegetarian of the estuaries eating on weeds. They do however hold their own with great looks with black vertical stripes over its silver body. They also have good fighting and eating qualities. They look very close to the zebra fish and drummer. They are quite simple to catch a great estuary species for the kids to target too.

Size & Limits: 

Minimum legal size limit of 23cm, with a daily bag limit of 10. Most caught locally are quite small but are known to grow up to 60cm

Scientific name

Girella tricuspidata

Bait Recommendations:

Surprisingly the best bait for targeting Luderick is using the same weeds within the area. Weed recently collected, and neatly suspend using a simple rig with a float, some split shots and a size 6 or 8 hook. Presenting weeds on a fly rod “Weed flies” is another very effective method.

Lure Recommendations:

You can get clever and make lures out of weeds but if your specifically targeting Luderick then your best using methods suggested above


Luderick like shallow areas with plenty of weed and rock for them to hide and feed. These are great places to target when trying to catch them.

Rod/Rig setup:

Suspend the weed from a simple rig with a float, some split shots and a size 6 or 8 hook.  For Luderick you will need an outfit suited to subtle finesse, therefore we recommend a light 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a light 1000-2500 size reel, spooled with 4 pound or 6 pound line and leader.

Great locations to target them

Barwon river, Marlo, great ocean road, Mornington Peninsula, Mallacoutta

Best times:

Luderick can be caught all year round but they are most active between the warmer months of November through to February. They respond to strong current flow and are also most active just after the peak of each tide.