Lobed River Mullet ( Cestraeus plicatilis )
Common Name: Mullet, The President’s Fish
Local Name: Banak, Ludong (Tagalog); ?? (Cebuano)
Max Size: 32.5 cm ( 2 kg)
Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater; Endemic
Depth: 0 – ?? m
Fishing Season: Closed Season October to January
Minimum Size Limit: 6 inches
Recommended Bait: Flies, bread, algae
IUCN Red List Status: Data Deficient(DD)
This mullet is well known throughout the country as being the country’s most expensive fish. They are most common in the Cagayan River of northern Luzon, however they are also most likely present all around the country in estuaries and rivers. These plant feeders like most mullet species are a challenge to catch on hook and line. Anglers targeting this species and others are likely to have success fly fishing with small bread, algae, and shrimp pattern.
Ludong are one of the few freshwater species in the Philippines to have a strict fishing season. The months of October to January are when these fish migrate to spawn and fishing for these fish during those months is now illegal. This is most likely due to the reputation this fish has as being one of the best tasting and rarest freshwater fish. It is said that this was the former president Ferdinan Marcos favorite fish.
If you have caught Ludong on hook and line send us your pictures and we will post them here.