Monster Golden Trevally!!! These couple of huge monster Golden Trevally were caught on our recent mothershipping Charter to the outer Great Barrier Reef. These were big fish, and some of the biggest Golden Trevally I’ve seen, pushing at least 10 Kilograms and about as big as they grow. They also fight hard and take some stopping and this was with 50lb braid. Not sure if they get a similar fish in the United states, but the trevally family is referred to Jacks over there.
Golden Trevally can be found from inshore estuaries, reefs to the deep shoals. this is where you find the extra large goldens and are great to see. Most often you’ll catch them on flesh baits or sqid. Another great way of targetting these fish is using soft plastics and we’ve caught more monsters jigging Berkley Gulp 7″ Jerk Shad baits. Well worth a go jigging the deep reefs and shoals.
The younger smaller golden trevally are a beautiful golden colour with approx 10 narrow vertical stripes. They lose this golden hue and become more silver, with the golden coloration coming back when they die. This is how you can tell that they definately are golden trevally. Grants Guide has got them growing to 37Kg, which is a very large fish, but would think anything more than 10 kilo’s is a monster, I’ve never seen fish this big, and maybe is mixed up with Giant trevally which will grow to these sizes. These arguably are the best eating of the trevally fish family, but I prefer to release as usually we have a good feed of Red emperor, Coral trout and Nannygai, Too good to catch once and add some variety when fishing the reef. Remember only take what you need. There is no minimum size limit on Golden Trevally.
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Cheers Greg
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