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Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

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Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

blackfish, black bream

Scientific name

Girella tricuspidata

Grows to

Up to

50cm and 4kg

Identifying features

​Luderick are a blue-grey to grey-brown colour. They have around eleven dark vertical bars on sides and yellow tinges around cheeks and pectoral fins.  The body is evenly shaped with small eyes and mouth and a large tail.


Found in schools around rocky reef areas as well as algal sand flats and tidal estuaries around Tasmania to a depth of 20 metres.  They are grazing fish that tend to chew small pieces of preferred ribbon seaweed off rocks and will move from reef to reef or tidal estuary to find it.

Fishing information

Luderick are often caught using specialised equipment including a long slow tapered rod, centrepin reels and light lines with small hooks positioned under a float.  Use bait such as green ribbonweed or small pieces of prawn or sandworms. They are strong fighters and try hard to get off the line once hooked including rolling, long powerful runs and heading for rocky outcrops.  Local anglers in Bass Strait find that fishing on the high tide in estuaries increases the number of luderick caught.


Luderick are powerful fish that have very sharp dorsal and anal spines and should be handled carefully.


To enhance the flavour of luderick, either keep the fish in a keeper net or kill, bleed and clean your fish as promptly as possible.  This helps remove an iodine or weedy taste that can be imparted to the flesh if the gut is not removed promptly. The flesh is delicate and flavoursome though dark in colour at times.  Luderick have a distinctive flavour and taste good pan-fried, grilled, baked, barbequed and smoked.

Recipe: Bill’s Luderick Recipe
Preparation as described above is very important in particular make sure to bleed and gut the luderick live.  Fillet off skin and de-bone. Beat an egg (a dash of milk helps). Flour fish dip in egg mix, then roll in breadcrumbs (adding some lemon zest to crumbs for flavour if desired).  A dash of chilli sauce in the egg mix is also nice.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550