TREVALLY, GOLDEN

TREVALLY, GOLDEN

Gnathanodon speciosus


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

Golden Trevally has a number of other common names including the Golden Kingfish, Banded Trevally and King Trevally. The species is a large marine fish classified in the Jack and Horse Mackerel family. The Golden Trevally is widely distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Like other Trevally, the Golden Trevally can be found from South Africa right through Central America, Japan, Indonesia, China, New Zealand and around Australia.

HOW TO IDENTIFY TREVALLY, GOLDEN

Golden Trevally is also a large Trevally reaching 1.2m and to a weight of around 40kg. The young fish are often mistaken for other larger fish or sharks. The young fish have a bright gold colour with very distinctive stripes which passes through the eye. As the fish matures, those stripes are less pronounced and the eye becomes notably smaller.

Golden Trevally have a silver hue when alive but will flash yellow as they die and turn a golden colour. The most distinguishable feature of this species is the fact that they don’t have any teeth.

WHERE TO CATCH TREVALLY, GOLDEN

Golden Trevally are considered one of the most spectacular inshore species found in Australia. They are found from Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia all around the northern coast of Australia to the north of the central coast of New South Wales as far south as Wollongong but are most numerous in tropical waters.

HOW TO CATCH TREVALLY, GOLDEN

Golden Trevally are an aggressive predator that will go for a wide range of baits and lures. They will take a variety of baits, with prawns, pilchard, small fish or cut baits working well and respond well to berley if they are in the area. Surface lures, poppers and stickbaits are highly recommended.

Get ready for a great battle when you hook a Golden Trevally. They really have the power to fight and will once they are hooked. That being said, you don’t need excessively heavy fishing gear. Golden Trevally is normally caught on 10-15kg fishing line. They are a great target for light tackle and fly fishos on shallows and sand flats.

Smaller fish are caught from the shore or small boats using lures including poppers, slices, spoons or minnow lures. Cast out to where you can spot them and choose areas without structure because in areas of structure and or near reefs Golden Trevally will use that structure to their advantage, in which case lightly weighted or floating baits work better.