TREVALLY, BLUEFIN

TREVALLY, BLUEFIN

Caranx melampygus


REGION
Northern WA, NSW/ACT, Southern QLD, Northern QLD, NT
CATCH EASE
Hard
HABITAT
Bay, Ocean, Offshore, Reef, Estuary, Structure

Bluefin Trevally have a number of other common names. They are also called everything from, Spotted Trevally, Bluefin Jack, Bluefin Kingfish, Bluefinned Crevalle, Blue Ulua, and Omilu. Bluefin Trevally around found in many locations around the world. They are widely distributed throughout tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. You can find them from East Africa, the Central Americas right through to Japan and Australia.

Bluefin are a predatory fish and their diet is dominated by other fish. They demonstrate a wide array of hunting techniques. They are an extremely popular sports fish and also a popular table fish despite some instances of ciguatera poisoning. Overfishing in Hawaii has caused a rapid decline in the population in the region.

HOW TO IDENTIFY TREVALLY, BLUEFIN

Bluefin Trevally grow to a whopping 1.2m and can weigh over 43kg. Bluefin Trevally are rarely mistaken for other fish families but can be difficult to differentiate among the various Trevally species.

Bluefin Trevally are distinguished by their iridescent blue fins and a high number of blue and black spots on the sides of their body. These spots are never a golden colour on this fish. The soft dorsal fin, anal fins and scutes that form the tail are also blue to bright blue. Another distinguishing feature is the transparent pectoral fin. It’s elongated and extends to the tail.

WHERE TO CATCH TREVALLY, BLUEFIN

Bluefin Trevally are commonly found along the coast of Queensland but can be found all across the northern coast from Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia right around as far south as Sydney. Bluefin Trevally can be found inshore in bays, shallow reefs and tropical lagoons, as well as deeper offshore reefs, around small islands and rock formations. The juveniles will even inhabit estuaries.

HOW TO CATCH TREVALLY, BLUEFIN

You are best to gear up with some quality braid to match and be prepared for a good fight when you are fishing for Bluefin Trevally. Bluefin Trevally are commonly caught using a variety of rigs, ranging from lures such as poppers, wobblers, minnow lures, soft plastics and fly gear to lightly rigged baits and standard reef bouncing rigs. Large poppers and jerkbaits designed for larger fish also work well.

Because Bluefin Trevally are a predatory fish, they like to go for something they can chase. Therefore, it is best to keep your lure on the move. You want your lure moving fast if you want to increase your chances of catching Bluefin Trevally.

As for bait, a variety of baits including cut baits, whole fish, squid, prawns and live bait also work well.