Giant Trevally are a part of the Jack family. Giant Trevally are also called Giant Kingfish, Lowly Trevally, Barrier Trevally, Ulua and sometimes called GT. They can be found in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. They are widely distributed from the coast of South Africa to Hawaii, Japan and Australia.
HOW TO IDENTIFY TREVALLY, GIANT
Giant Trevally are the largest of the Trevally family and can reach 1.7m in length and up to around 60kg. Distinguishing features of the Giant Trevally include the steep profile of the head and an area without scales except one small patch on the ventral surface right in front of the ventral fins. You won’t find the cheek spot which is visible on Bigeye Trevally.
WHERE TO CATCH TREVALLY, GIANT
In Australia, Giant Trevally are found everywhere from Rottnest Island all around the northern coast of Australia right down to the top end of the central coast of New South Wales, including Sydney. Giant Trevally are an apex predator that hunt in schools and individually. They will be found where their prey is.
They are commonly found in areas in or adjacent to coral or rocky reefs. The best locations for targeting large numbers of large fish being the outer drop offs of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Smaller Giant Trevally, are best fished for in tropical waters.
While the largest of Giant Trevally are commonly found alone, as Giant Trevally increase in size, they form smaller schools. The larger Giant Trevally also prefer deeper channels between large reefs. When fishing for the smaller Giant Trevally, you will find them on tidal flats or on the edges of shallow reefs.
Sports fisheries for catch and release Giant Trevally on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea are considered the best in the world.
HOW TO CATCH TREVALLY, GIANT
Giant Trevally are often caught on live baits. Bouncing reef rigs suitable for other species, such as Coral Trout, also hook Giant Trevally. At the other end of the scale, small Giant Trevally are extremely popular lure fishos. Giant Trevally take minnow lures, poppers, spinners and jigheads close to the edge of reefs, tidal flats and on dropoffs.
Dead baits, including fresh dead baits, cut baits, pilchards and even squid or large prawn baits also work well.
Quality gear and spun lines will give advantage when chasing this species.