Commonly referred to as Gold spots!
The gold spotted trevally like all trevally species is a strong and robust sport fish that is commonly encountered by anglers in warm, tropical waters around Australia. Their aggressive feeding patterns make them an excellent target for both lure and fly making the gold spot one of the most highly prized sport fish available today! They are also referred to as orange spotted trevally in other countries around the world.
Gold spotted trevally can be located from as far south as Shark Bay right up to the magnificent Kimberley region throughout Western Australia and also parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Gold spotted trevally grow to around 6kg in weight and measure up to 60cm in length although a typical sized gold spot is around 3 – 4kg in most Australian locations.
Gold spot trevally prefer shallow sand flats and reef with near by access to deeper water present, they also frequent areas such as jetty’s, in shore reef systems and estuary’s. Gold spot’s can also be encountered in deeper water to 30 meters when spawning and are often seen feeding amongst large, clumps of weed.
Gold spotted trevally are easily identified by their silver belly colouration and golden to yellow coloured upper torso‘s and fins. They have orange to gold coloured spots throughout the side of the body and a small mouth with some small teeth present.
Gold spot’s like most trevally species are better known for their sporting abilities rather than their eating qualities although smaller specimens around 1 – 2kg are ideal when eaten as sashimi or nomas!
Gold spotted trevally, like all trevally are a hard fighting species that will test the skill of most anglers and are especially challenging on fly tackle!
Light to medium weight graphite rods in the 6 – 10kg range, around 6’ in length matched to spin reels in the 4000 – 6000 class spooled with braided or gel spun lines with a breaking strain of 10 – 20lb are ideal for casting lures both from the shore and out in the boat for most trevally species including gold spot’s. Trolling is also a popular technique and requires an overhead or spin combo spooled with 8 – 10kg brightly coloured nylon or braided line. Medium class lever drag reels and light rods are ideally suited for this exciting style of fishing. Gold spot trevally do have small teeth so nylon or fluoro carbon leaders are generally required to provide stretch when fishing with braided lines and also to prevent being rubbed off on rough structures. Gold spotted trevally are also a fantastic target species for salt water fly out fits which should be rated to between 7# – 9# depending on the size of fish being targeted.
Small pieces of cut fish and squid as well as larger baits such as whole mullies/pilchards will all make great baits for fussy trevally such as gold spot’s, try fishing them on long, nylon or fluoro carbon leaders and running sinker rigs. It is also important to match your hook size to your bait. Small to medium sized hard bodied lures are also ideal for both casting from shore and trolling from a boat at around 4 – 6 knots for many species including trevally with metal slices, soft plastics, surface lures and fly’s also proving to be incredibly effective. Surface lures such as poppers and stick baits are not only especially effective but also visually spectacular when launched upon by large, powerful trevs!
Small metal slices, surface lures and soft plastics are all sensational lures for this species and are also great fun to target gold spot’s with on light tackle.
Rising or full tides are best suited for targeting most inshore species including trevally.