Please select your home edition
Edition
Gold Coast Marine Expo 2017 728x90

Trevally, love them or hate them

by Gary Brown on 12 Mar 2013
The author with a golden trevally that was caught off snake island near Townsville Gary Brown
In my part of the world silver trevally use to be classified as mainly a cold water species, but with the banning of all professional fishing in Botany Bay a number of years ago the silver trevally can be now caught year round.

They are found in an incredible wide range of areas, off the rocks, from the beach, on close offshore reefs, gravel patches, tidal and non-tidal coastal rivers, creeks, streams, brackish lakes, bays, harbours, inlets and lagoons.

Silver trevally can be targeted over the sandy flats, shallow weed beds, muscle and cockle beds, deep holes, drop offs, snags, breakwalls, points, islands, rock bars, ledges, rocky shorelines, mangroves, creek mouths, just name a few.

Tackle Guide

I find that a rod with a medium to fast taper, 2.1 metres long and three to five kilo line. Now the length of the rod will need to vary from place to place and it would be up to you whether you use a side cast, centerpin or threadline reel.

Sinker size will depend on the conditions you are fishing. The main thing you need to remember is to keep the bait moving and looking as natural as possible. If you are fishing in shallow water and there is not much water movement you may need to use no sinker at all and in a fast running you will need to increase your sinker size and have a leader of between 50 to 180cm below the swivel to the hook.

When fishing in the surf I tend to use a double hook paternoster rig with a small snapper sinker as the weight. This allows me to cast much further, as the sinker is the first thing that goes through the air. It also allows the hooks to trail the sinker causing fewer tangles in the rig. Once the rig has hit the bottom I can slowly wind it back in allowing me to have direct contact with both baits. Try putting on a small bead or a piece of pink or red tubing as an attractant just above the hook.

Many, but not all of the anglers that I come across have two thoughts about silver trevally. They fight hard all the way to the end and they are not very good on the plate. Well, as far as I am concerned they are correct in the first instance, but completely wrong in the second. Over the years I have caught hundreds, if not thousands of silver trevally and yes they do fight right to the end, but they are also great on the plate. That is if you look after them once you have put them in the net.

Due to the softness of the silver trevally flesh you will need to bleed them straight away, put them in an ice slurry, fillet and skin them and then cover the boneless fillets in bread crumbs. These boneless fillets can be then lightly cooked on the barbeque, put under the grille or shallow fried in a small amount of olive oil. You will be pleasantly surprised and you will keep coming back for more.

There are a number of baits that I prefer to use when targeting silver trevally. They are pink nippers, peeled prawns, blood, tube and beach worms and small narrow pieces of squid. Due to the fact that silver trevally don’t have much in the way of teeth and their mouth is very soft I will always peel the prawn before I put it on the hook and I will always make sure that the hook point is out of the body of the prawn and last but not least I will put a couple of half hitches around the tail of the prawn.

When using either a pink nipper or a worm for bait I will start threading the hook into the bait about 1cm from the end. This will allow me to tie a couple of half hitches around the tail stopping it from sliding down the hook or flying off when you cast the rig.

Soft Plastics and Blades for Trevally

Usually when I am fishing for silver trevally I am after a bit of fun and a feed. So, most of the time I will be at anchor, laying out a berley trail of chicken pellets and smashed up old pilchards, while at the same time feeding either an unweighted or lighted weighted peeled prawn, pink nipper, fillet of pilchard or small strip of squid. Once I have got enough for a feed I will change over to a soft plastic and start feeding it down the berley trail. If I had no response after feeding out about 20 to 30 metres of line I will start slowly retrieving it back to the boat in short bursts.

I find that Berkley Drop shot Minnow stick bait or 2inch shrimp rigged onto a 1/16th Bream Pro number two jig head or a 2.5 inch Z Mann Grub Z rigged onto a 1/40 or 1/28 once, 1/0 HWS TT jig head will do the trick when it comes to targeting silver trevally with soft plastics.

There are so many different types of retrieves when using blades and the one that I find that is the most reliable for me is the cast it as far as you can, let it sink to the bottom, pick up the slack in the line and then slowly lift your rod a couple of times. This will cause the blade to jump up off the sand, sending out vibrations to the patrolling trevally and arousing their interest as they flutter back down to the bottom.

Most of the times the trevally will take it as it flutters back down to the bottom, but I have plenty of fish by hooking them in the chin. My only guess to this is that they are hovering over the top of the blades as you lift it back off the bottom.

If you have never used blades before I would suggest that you get yourself a range of blades. Personally I have 1/8 and ¼ once TT Switch Blades and the 1/6 of a once Big Eye Blade from Berkley in a variety of about ten different colours.




Hella Marine - July 2016Pantaenius - Worldwide SupportAbsolute Marine

Related Articles

Lowrance HDS Carbon Series – Maximum power, maximum visibility
New Lowrance® HDS Carbon units feature ultra-clear SolarMAX™ HD multi-touch displays with high-bright LED backlighting New Lowrance® HDS Carbon units feature ultra-clear SolarMAX™ HD multi-touch displays with high-bright LED backlighting and advanced anti-reflective coatings to create wider viewing angles suitable for any lighting condition.
Posted on 20 Jan
New festival to celebrate everything marine
The first annual Lifestyle on Water Festival will be held at Pelican Park in Redcliffe on April 29th and 30th 2017 The first annual Lifestyle on Water Festival will be held at Pelican Park in Redcliffe on April 29th and 30th 2017 and incorporate the Austackle Moreton Bay Madness fishing competition.
Posted on 20 Jan
Anglers celebrate record Trout stocking in 2016
A record of more than 844,000 trout/salmon stocked into Victorian waterways during 2016 to improve recreational fishing A record of more than 844,000 trout and salmon were stocked into Victorian waterways during 2016 to improve recreational fishing opportunities for freshwater anglers and boost participation.
Posted on 19 Jan
Victoria’s game fishing heats up over summer
Game fishing in Victoria has lots to offer recreational anglers whether they be wetting a line in the east at Mallacoota Game fishing in Victoria has lots to offer recreational anglers this summer whether they be wetting a line in the east at Mallacoota, in the west at Portland or closer to Melbourne at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.
Posted on 18 Jan
New Listing – 2008MY Grady White 305 Express
Here is a unique opportunity to join the Grady White sports fishing family. This fishing machine is on the market. Here is a unique opportunity to join the Grady White sports fishing family. This big volume offshore sports fishing machine is on the market.
Posted on 13 Jan
Marine Engine Emission Standards
The Boating Industry Association welcomes the recent announcement from the Department of the Environment The Boating Industry Association welcomes the recent announcement from the Department of the Environment confirming Minister Frydenberg’s decision to introduce marine engine emission standards under the National Clean Air Agreement.
Posted on 11 Jan
Tasmanians fortunate to have Fisheries Service
Tasmanians are very fortunate in that we have a Fisheries Service who are focused on delivering the goods Tasmanians are very fortunate in that we have a Fisheries Service who are focused on delivering the goods when it comes to freshwater fishing and are continually stocking Tasmania’s freshwater impoundments with all manner of fish which include, Brown and Rainbow trout, Brook trout, Atlantic salmon and Tiger trout.
Posted on 10 Jan
Fisherman rescued off Exmouth fell overboard trying to save camera
A fisherman who survived six hours in ocean off North West Cape near the West Australian town of Exmouth A fisherman who survived six hours in the ocean off North West Cape near the West Australian town of Exmouth fell into the water while trying to retrieve a camera, it has been revealed. Ross Chapman was fishing about 30 nautical miles offshore on Tuesday morning when he hooked a large marlin.
Posted on 7 Jan
Bayliss Boatworks chooses Twin Disc for Precise Maneuvering
Whether landing trophy game fish or nestled in quiet harbor there's no mistaking Bayliss Boatworks offshore sport fisher Whether landing trophy game fish or nestled in a quiet harbor, there's no mistaking a Bayliss Boatworks offshore sport fisher. The boat builder puts as much attention into the fine interior joinery as it does the fishing performance. That's why it chooses Twin Disc marine transmissions and controls. Because when the strike comes, there's no better combination for precise boat handling.
Posted on 5 Jan
Pipis tagged in Australian research first
In an Australian first, pipis are being tagged to better understand their short and long term movement patterns In an Australian first, pipis are being tagged to better understand their short and long term movement patterns in a project funded by recreational fishing licence fees.
Posted on 3 Jan