Giant trevally

The Giant trevally or the Caranx ignobilis is a large marine fish that can grow over 130 lbs. It is part of the jack family called Carangidae, which is distributed along the tropical waters in the region of the Indo-Pacific oceans.

Its steep head and large size can easily recognize it. It also has strong scutes on its posterior body portion. One of the largest species found in Australian waters is the Giant trevally.


The Giant trevally?s body is devoid of scales, with only a tiny area, in front of the ventral find that is oval-shaped is patched with scales along the center of the body. The head and body appear to be deep with a blunt snout.

There are 2 dorsal fins, the first having 8 spines and the second having about 21 soft rays. The body also contains an anal fin with 3 spines and about 17 soft rays. No spots are found on the operculum, not on the pectoral fins.

Habitat and Lifestyle

The giant trevally dwells along the warm coastal that has corals & rock reefs. They are usually found in the waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and the islands in Hawaii and Marquesas.

They are also very common in the shore points within parts of Africa and Australia. The highest population is found within Hawaiian and Kenyan waters, where they prey on crustaceans.

Finding and Catching

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

The adult Giant trevallies are found to be sedentary and like to dwell among the rocks near the shore or close to the reef, finding prey usually at night time. They are used as a sporting fish in Hawaii and Kenya because of how large it is and their possession of extraordinary fighting abilities.

Surf fishing can catch giant trevally, and other methods include drifting, still fishing, and trolling. Its pink flesh is a valuable food in many areas.

Peak Season

Giant Trevallies peak between May and October in the Northern Hemisphere, while in the Southern Hemisphere, they rise in November and April.

Best Bait

These items can be used as bait to catch the Giant trevally:

  • Flies
  • Cut Bait
  • Spoons
  • Squid
  • Jigs
  • Soft Plastics
  • Trolling lures
  • Saltwater Live Bait
  • Plugs