TREVALLY a.k.a. Blurters, Trevors.
All species of Trevally are well known for their determined and powerful fighting ability, making them excellent sportfish on light tackle. Various species of Trevally offer plenty of action, from the aggressive Golden Trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) of the tropics and the dirty fighting coastal Silver Trevally (Pseudocaranx dentex) to the powerful Giant Trevally (Caranx ignoblis).
Physical Description: Trevally have deep, flat bodies that are silver to white in colour. They have large lips but no biting teeth.
Size: Trevally range in size depending on the species. Silver Trevally grow from 500g to 10kg, Golden Trevally grow to 4kg - 8kg, and Giant Trevally can be anywhere between 1kg and 25kg.
Habitat: Trevally occupy both coastal and offshore waters. The best way to spot Trevally is to search for places where an obstruction has created eddies, as they tend to lay in wait for food in these areas. Try the corner of an island where the current sweeps past a rocky outcrop or the junction where two streams meet in the mangroves.
Hint! Look for trawlers tied up and dumping trash as Trevally know that this will attract potential food items.
How to Catch:
Bait - Trevally hit both baits and lures hard and keep going hard until they break the line, pull the hook or are caught, and this is what makes catching them such great fun. Generally, they prefer baits of yabbies, small poddy mullet, herrings, peeled prawns, whitebait, worms, pipis, and winter Whiting. Lures to try include medium to deep diving lures, small chrome jigs and leadheads.
Rod and Reel - A medium to fast taper boat rod with sidecast reel or eggbeater reel should be all you need.
Line and Tackle - Smaller species will only need light line (2-4kg) and small hooks with minimum lead. Larger species will need heavy line and a heavy mono trace as they tend to rush for reefs and other structures to get rid of the hook.
Hot Spots: Trevally can generally be found from northern Queensland down to Tasmania and across to southern Western Australia. Golden Trevally can be found along the Queensland coast in estuaries, surf beaches and rocky and coral reefs. Silver Trevally are present in all states of Australia in inshore reefs, estuaries, beaches and bays. Giant Trevally occupy the warm tropical waters of northern Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Hint! The best times to catch Trevally, in general, are winter and spring when there are plenty of small fish in southern estuaries and larger fish on southern offshore reefs. Tropical species can be found in the cooler months of the dry season.