RECORD: 9.3kg, L. De Beer, Omaha 2009
Largely underated trevally are a good table fish and can be challenging to hunt, especially the larger fish. Smaller fish (like those in the picture) are all silver and as they grow larger they become more green on the top half. Trevally can be identified by the distinctive black dot at the top of their gill plates. They can grow up to 70cm long.
Bag limit: Part of 20 finfish limit
HABITAT & FEEDING HABITS:
Trevally are a carnivorous fish and prey mostly on smaller fishes. Like snapper they can be found in a very wide range of areas from rocky shores to weed lines and in the open water. Smaller fish tend to form large schools whereas larger fish tend to be found alone or with one or two other individuals. Trevally may also be found schooling with other species.
Trevally are a feature of most boil-ups of fish and can be expected wherever birds or other predatory fish are working. Generally getting close to schooling trevally is not particularly hard and shooting these fish is reasonably straight forward as long as you don't zero in to fast and are sending out "peaceful vibes". Trevally respond extremely well to flasher rigs and berley and this is a very effective method of hunting this species.
Individual fish found on reefs however can be a very different story and are usually quite cagey. Like when hunting snapper, you need to be very quiet and try to be invisible.
Individual or pairs of trevally can also be found mixed in with schools of other fish. So next time you see a rush of parore coming your way have a close look at the fish at the back of the school, you might be surprised what you see.
Smaller fish are also a common feature of good weedline activity.