Float fishing for Luderick - A beginners perspective (2012)

I've been meaning to publish this post for the last 8 years...  Better late than never and I hope you enjoy the read!  Since writing this I progressed onto tying weed flies and chasing Luderick on the fly but at the time I did all my learning using the conventional gear of long soft rods, centre pin reels and all the varieties of weed I could find for bait.


Learning to catch Luderick

Fishing for Luderick has been on my to do list for a long time.  Similar to how I was drawn to fly fishing the technical art of fishing with a centre pin reel and float to drift a small piece of weed at exactly the right depth has also captured me.

When I first started there were so many questions and answers seemed hard to find.  You can search the Internet and find answers to almost any fishing question that you can possibly think of, but try searching for "What rod do I use for Luderick?" and answers are few and far between. Trying to prise information out of the old hands also raised more questions and the answers were hard to come by.  This is where you'll need your powers of observation.

Now twelve months into my apprenticeship (2012) the frustrations of getting started have almost gone and I'm managing to get some consistent results.  I've collected three rods, 6 centre pins, a range of floating lines and so many floats, ranging from commercial junk to hand made beauties and my hand made uglies!

Homemade floats

I'm not going to pretend I'm an expert and try to tell you the ins and outs of Luderick fishing, but rather share some of the experiences from my first year. 

When starting out it is very important to "watch and learn". This not only applies to watching other anglers but developing an intimate knowledge of you local estuary and the movements of the Luderick in the system.  Watching other anglers will help you learn places and times to fish, casting techniques and if you can get close enough to have a chat you might also learn how to rig up. 

In my local estuary I've managed to work that the ocean Luderick 'bronzies' start congregating around the headlands in September/October before moving into the estuary late November to early December.  These fish are generally larger and can be in large schools near the entrance until mid January when they move on and you will need to looking for fish further upstream.  They follow this pattern through autumn and into winter where you will find fish in snaggy bream country and biting better on green weed.

Ok enough learning, time to get that float in the water! Time on the water is the best practice, try and go to a location that won't require too much casting and a gentle current that will drift you float past some structure. With a bit of luck you'll see your float dive sharply and if you time your strike you'll be connected to a fish.


  • Weed Flies
  • Luderick - http://australianmuseum.net.au/Luderick-Girella-tricuspidata/
  • Blackfish A Fisherman's Journey - https://youtu.be/ZSxg5mJEGhw