Everything You Need to Know About Giant Trevally Fishing

What is a giant trevally fish?

Giant trevally fish have it all. GTs are a member of the family of fish known as either jacks or trevallies, and the GT has adopted a number of names for itself which, again, speak to how iconic and well-known this fish is. Alternatively known as the lowly trevally, barrier trevally, giant kingfish, ulua, or its scientific name, Caranx ignobilis, the GT fish is a fish of many names.

Giant trevally Are typically silver in color and have some dark freckles, and males can get darker as they mature. Like many species in the jack family, they have a high, sloping forehead.

An extremely powerful and athletic fish for their size, giant trevally have historically been held in extremely high regard by many local populations. In Hawaii, they were revered as the famous Ulua, and considered an almost human, warrior-like fish that could not be eaten by women or hunted by commoners. There are stories that say when human sacrifice was not available, GTs would be used instead.

How big do giant trevally get?

Giant trevally can grow to fairly substantial sizes as the largest member of its scientific family. Giant trevallies have a total length between 30 and 70 inches, height between 10 and 20 inches, and an overall weight in the range of 30-130 pounds. They are commonly found no bigger than 3 feet and 50 pounds.

Whats the biggest giant trevally ever caught?

The IGFA all-tackle world record giant trevally is a massive 160+ pounder caught in Japan of all places.

Where is the best place to catch giant trevally?

Geographically you can catch giant trevally anywhere in the Indian Ocean, as well as anywhere in the Western Pacific from New Zealand to Japan. There have also been murmurs of a few fish being spotted on the west coast of South America, but it remains to be seen if populations will establish themselves there.

In terms of habitat, giant trevally are known to inhabit a fairly wide range of marine environments, including closer to shore areas like bays and lagoons (especially while they are younger and may not require or prefer as much salt water), as well as deeper reefs and atolls.

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