Luderick fishing has long been a very “traditional” affair with the old timers keenly keeping their secret rigs,baits,tips and spots very much to themselves, sharing these intricacies only with a lucky few. It is for this reason I will be surprised if my suggestion that we can actually target this elusive table fish on lures, isn’t laughed out of the “Old Boy’s Club”.
However, when lure fishing for bream we were increasingly catching more and more of these hard fighters as by-catch.It’s not surprising really as they live in much the same habitats as bream seeking cover and food in the shade of bridge pylons,oyster racks,weed beds and rock walls.
Anyone who has connected with one whilst using relative light lines bream luring will attest to their fast powerful runs and tenacious fighting ability , causing you to inevitably call them for a “kegga”‘ bream every time. I would actually suggest that if a Luderick was with a few of his bream mates and a well presented lure attracted their attention the humble “blackfish” would be the first one past the post in the race to attack and pound for pound knock his mate out cold with his fighting abilities. Once you have identified that you are connected to a Luderick back the drag off considerably as they do have a smaller, much softer mouth than the bream,this of course is if you have been lucky enough to have won the initial battle and extracted him from his hiding place.
The lures we find work best are any style in Atomic’s Ghost Gill Brown colour and to a slightly lesser extent the Muddy Prawn colour. My theory as to why this may be is the “stripes” on both these colours. I believe they represent the dark vertical bars of the Luderick and as we know, fish can be cannibalistic and often attack and feed on their smaller relatives.
The Atomic Crank 38,Semi Hardz Minnow 40mm and the Metalz 35mm blade are the best styles and cover all depth ranges.
So the next time you are after a feed of Luderick fillets forget the freshly sourced “secret”green weed, hand tuned floats and 342.5mm of dropper and grab some Atomic Lures, siddle up beside the throngs of traditionalists on the breakwall and show’em how it’s done these days!