Size Limit: None
Category: Medium Risk
Daily Bag Limit: West Coast & Gascoyne – part of a combined bag
limit of 8
GOLD-SPOTTED trevally are quite a common catch along our coastline from
the 26th Parallel northwards. Gold-spots, as they are often called, frequent
much the same locations as the better recognised giant and golden trevallies
and though they would rarely be a target species, they are a fine fighting
fish all the same. Gold-spots are spread right across the entire Indian
Ocean from Somalia to the Bay of Bengal.
Identifying gold-spots is not too difficult even though they do tend to
mix with other trevallies. They have a relatively elongate shape and
carry a number of distinctive golden spots along their sides and back.
At times they are confused with bludger trevally, in which the eyes are
closer to the level of the mouth.
The Australian record gold-spot was taken in Exmouth in 1988 and weighed
in at 12.6 kilos, which is as big as they are reported to grow. They
are more commonly encountered around 5-7 kilos. International records
show that they can reach 18 kilos, which would be a solid workout for
Gold-spots can be found from Cape Leeuwin northwards. They are mainly encountered
by anglers in shallow coastal waters but they do range out into depths
of 100 metres.
Breeding and migration
Unfortunately little is known about either the breeding habits or migration
of this species. They are often found in large schools in shallow coral
There are no indications of any serious stock depletions along the West
Australian coastline, perhaps because they are not known for their eating
qualities and are rarely targeted.
Tackle and bait
Gold-spotted trevally are strong fighters but 6kg line will do the job
most times, except when fishing particularly reefy country. Gold-spots
will take most baits and just about any lure presented at the right time.
Berleying will bring them in but you need to be astute with the type
and quantity of berley to avoid the resident shark populations that share
Gold-spots are pretty much like other trevally in that they like to be
close to structure. At times you will need to get your bait or lure very
close to coral bommies, pylons and the like to elicit a strike. Trolling
bibbed and bibless minnows around structure and drop-offs should provide
you with some action on gold-spots, along with other resident species
which share their terrain. Casting chrome slices or lead-head jigs, or
deep jigging near structure, also works well if you’re a lure person.
References: The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia by Gerry Allen
and Roger Swainston.