Bigeye trevally

Common name: Bigeye Trevally
Scientific name: Caranx sexfasciatus

A species that move in large schools, the Bigeye Trevally belongs to the family Carangidae, and it is a significant fish found in the Indo-Pacific waters. The Bigeye Trevally is primarily considered an inshore fish, but they can still inhabit offshore regions and estuaries.

The fish is also considered a good table fish and gamefish.


Bigeye Trevally has a shiny silver appearance. The body is oblong and compressed with a slightly pointed snout, and the dorsal part of the body is more convex than the ventral.

The most prominent part that distinguishes this fish is the dorsal fin divided into two sections. The first section has 8 spines, while the second has 1 spine and soft rays that count from 19 to 22. There are 3 spines and 14 to 17 soft rays in the anal fin.

The area around the breast is also covered in scales, and the fish can be as big as 120 cm long and weigh up to 40 lbs.

Habitat and Lifestyle

The habitat of the Big Eye Trevally is spread across the regions in the Indian and Pacific oceans. They inhabit areas even around 100 m deep in the waters and move in schools.

The species moves according to the tidal waves. With the rise in waves, they move to more shallow water regions. But as the tides recede, they move to the reefs.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

The Bigeye Trevally can be found inshore and offshore near reefs and sandy bays. You will find them mainly in the reefs and corals as well as in lagoons and sandy bays.

So, you can catch them both from the shore as well as on a rigid inflatable boat.

Peak Season

In the east Pacific, the peak season of Bigeye Trevally is between July and September. Whereas the regions around South Africa experience peak season between November and March.

Best Bait

  • Mullet
  • Pinfish