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Giant Trevally

Giant Trevally
How to Catch

In its natural habitat the GT hunts on virtually any baitfish and uses its superior swimming speed to cannon into its prey. If it does not scoop up the fish it will be stunned or dead allowing it to make a second pass to pick it up. This means that GTs will hit your gear at incredible speed so top quality gear and lines is highly recommended to give you every chance to land this tough fish. GT popper fishing is a growing form of fishing that involves throwing large poppers around the coral reef edge and bommies to lure out the GT. Its explosive attack on the popper as it mistakes it for a bait fish in distress will ensure an arm wrenching adrenalin rush!

Where to Find

As with most of its cousins, smaller GTs are common in estuaries and river systems. Mature specimens move out to deeper water where there is usually structure such as a coral reef or a bommie. In Australia they are found as far south as Rottnest Island in Western Australia, through the northern waters and around to the other end of the island as far south as Sydney. A particular hot spot is up in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Identifying the Fish

These are the largest of the trevally species weighing in at a maximum of 60 kg and a length of up to 1.7 metres. The GT is robust and solid in appearance and can be distinguished from other trevally by the steep profile of their head. They have immense power which can be attributed to thick shoulders and midsections of muscle and large almost paddle like pectoral and tail fins. Their colouration can range from an almost white-silver to jet black. They may also exhibit a dusky golden hue all over the body, particularly on the fins.

Is it Tasty?

Smaller trevally have excellent eating qualities, however Giant Trevally over 10 kg are poor table fare and catch and release is a much more preferable option.