Leerfish (Garrick)


The Leerfish, commonly referred to as Garrick, is a⁤ species⁤ of carnivorous fish belonging to the family Carangidae.

Conservation Status

The Leerfish is⁤ currently classified as a species of least concern according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Conservation​ efforts focus mostly on regulation of commercial and recreational fishing.


Attribute Average Range
Length 70 cm 30-120 cm
Weight 3 kg 1-8 kg
Lifespan 15 years


The Garrick fish is native ‌to the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, observed⁣ in regions ranging from Portugal to Angola. It migrates near ⁤the shore during the spawning period ⁢of May to July.


The Leerfish is a coastal marine species usually found in areas where the ocean floor is made of sand or mud. The species‍ is adapted⁤ to a wide range ‍of ⁣temperatures, showing presence in waters ranging from 12 to 28 degrees Celsius.

When and ⁢Where⁣ to See

The Leerfish migrates ⁢to the coast during May to ‌July.⁤ They are most active ⁤during the day, often seen‌ hunting in packs.

Best Fishing Locations

Some renowned locations to find Garrick include:

  • Algarve, Portugal
  • Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Bassin d’Arcachon, France
  • Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Gibraltar, United‍ Kingdom
  • Crete, Greece
  • Algiers, Algeria

How to Catch

The best lure for ⁣Garrick is mullet, mackerel or‍ squids. Techniques like trolling or casting are ⁤effective during‌ the peak migrating months.

Identification⁤ Guide

The Leerfish has ​a silver body, with‍ a‍ distinctive forked tail. Its dorsal fin has a sharp pointed end setting it apart from ​similar species.


Garrick is often grilled or barbequed.​ Its meat has a mild taste,‌ and is high​ in proteins.

Additional Information

The Garrick is an aggressive predator, hunting in packs.‍ Potential threats to the Leerfish include commercial and recreational fishing.

References and Further Reading

  • FishBase
  • SeaLifeBase
  • How to Catch⁤ Leerfish: Ultimate Guide, FishingBooker