About This Fish

Giant Trevally

The giant trevally (Caranx ignobili) is a large ray finned marine fish which is also known as the giant kingfish, lowly trevally, barrier trevally. It belongs to family Carangidae under Order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is found in Red Sea and east coast of Africa to the Hawaiian and Marquesan islands, north to southern Japan and the Ogasawara Islands, south to northern Australia. It occurs in the shallow coral reefs, lagoons and channels in the tropical areas.

The giant trevally has an ovate and moderately compressed body, of which, the dorsal profile is more convex than the ventral profile. Head and body are dusky golden dorsally with silver ventrally. The dorsal fin has two parts; the first contains 8 spines and the second with 1 spine and 18 - 21 soft rays. The anal fin consists of 2 anteriorly detached spines which are followed by 1 spine and 15 - 17 soft rays while the pelvic fin contains 1 spine and 19 - 21 soft rays. The caudal fin is strongly forked and the pectoral fin is falcate. The lateral line has a pronounced and moderately long anterior arch. The chest is devoid of scales and eye is covered by a moderately well-developed adipose eyelid. All the fins are generally light grey to black while the leading edges and tips of the anal and dorsal fins are generally lighter in color than the main part of the fins. It reaches sexual maturity at 54 - 61 cm in length and at 3-4 years of age. Its food consists of other fishes with lobsters, squids and octopus. It spawns during the warmer months between July and March with a peak between November and March.

The GT is one of the giants in the sportfishing world. It is well renowned for its unbelievable power and strength, diving into coral reefs and smashing poppers on the surface. One of the very best saltwater game fish available and a veritable bulldog of the sea. Fishing methods include surf fishing, drifting, or still fishing using live or cut baits. Trolling with baits and lures can also bring results. Baits and lures include mullet, herring, sauri, garfish, anchovy, squid, cut strip baits, Konaheads, knuckleheads, bulletheads, feathers, plastic jigs, plastic fish and squids, drone spoons, and rope lures. The pinkish flesh is highly esteemed as food in some areas and is also frequently used for strip baits, cut baits or chum