Silver Trevally is a jack of the family Carangidae widespread in tropical and warm temperate areas between 40°N and 47°S, in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans. It has a deep body, and a greenish colour with metallic overtones and a dark spot above the gills. The fins are yellow. Trevally are strong fighters and the flesh is good to eat if a little dry. It is often used as cut baits. Maximum size is about 120 cm.
How To Identify:
Silver trevally are black to dark blue across the back with silver undersides. A black spot is also found just above the pectoral fins. Sometimes a yellowish colour may be seen on the sides towards the tail area. Pale bands are occasionally seen on freshly caught individuals.
How To Catch:
Try anchoring over the sandy spots between weedy areas and berleying with chook pellets. Chook pellets sink directly to the bottom so tend to keep the fish in that area. Use light line and minimal weight because these fish are smart.
As a rig, we like to use bluebait or whitebait on a gang on the bottom with a single hook loaded with squid on the other. You will also catch skippy on occy or even mulies while fishing offshore reefs but they can annoy you by picking at your baits.
The best spot for big fish close to Perth is under the Rockingham Causeway arch to Garden Island. Fish here often get to 2kg and the current flow seems to attract them. The D9 off Kwinana is also good.
Further offshore, February is the best time when big fish gather around reefs in 35-40m of water.
Silver Trevally are found in Western Atlantic: North Carolina, USA and Bermuda to southern Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Mediterranean, Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Ascension and St. Helena Island. Indo-Pacific: South Africa, Japan, Hawaii, Australia, Lord Howe and Norfolk islands, New Zealand. Reported from New Caledonia.
Silver Trevally are found in the coastal regions of eastern, southern and western Australia.They occur in estuarine and coastal waters of southern Australian states, ranging from Coffs Harbour ro Perth.