Welcome to the Luderick Fishing Guide Victoria covering local fish species facts and Limits. Luderick is an underrated fish often caught as bycatch when targeting estuary species such as bream and estuary perch. They have good fighting and eating qualities, most caught locally are quite small but are known to grow up to 60cm. They look amazing with black vertical stripes over their silver body that resembles a zebra or drummer fish. Luderick is strong fish and surprise anglers who were expecting to see a big bream at the end of the line.
Luderick has a scientific name of Girella tricuspidata. Their 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 a whopping 60cm.
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How to catch Luderick
Luderick will school up in big numbers particularly around areas with heavy weed, reef or rocks. Considered the vegetarians of estuaries Ludericks will surprisingly take staple baits such as sandworms, prawns, yabbies, bread or weed from the surrounding areas. These baits should be suspended from a float or running sinker rig. Berleying an isolated is recommended to encourage them into the area and get them into feeding mode. Whilst not as common Luderick can also be tricked into taking lures such as worm and prawn imitation soft plastics, blades and shallow diving hard body lures. For Luderick 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.
Surprisingly the best bait for targeting Luderick is using the same weeds within the area. Weed was 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. You can get clever and make lures out of weeds but if you are specifically targeting Luderick then your best using the methods suggested above
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. Luderick like shallow areas with plenty of weed and rock for them to hide and feed.
bait to catch Luderick
lures to catch Luderick
- Worm imitations
- prawn imitations
- Hardbody lures that mimic a baitfish in the area
Best fishing locations to catch Luderick in Victoria
- Barwon river
- great ocean road
- Mornington Peninsula
- Tambo River
- Mitchell river
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