(Forsscål, 1775); CARANGIDAE FAMILY; also
called goldie, golden, gold-barred jack, talakitok, yellow ulua, carange
Golden trevally have a wide international distribution, extending from
the Indo-Pacific eastward to the Americas where they are found from Baja,
California to Ecuador.
The coloration sets this fish apart from other species of trevallies.
In juveniles the color tends to be golden with the belly and sides flushed
with beautiful metallic yellow, usually broken by vertical, alternating
broad and narrow black bars. This color and the bars tend to fade with
age, with the bars deterioating into a few black blotches in specimens
over 50 cm (19.7 in). The golden trevally is also distinguished by large
fleshy lips and lack of descernible teeth.
This species occurs in deep lagoon and seaward reefs where they feed by
rooting for crustaceans and other invertebrates in the sand. It also feeds
on small fishes. Small juveniles live among the tentacles of jellyfish.
The golden trevally frequently forms schools and is known to swim closely
around sharks and other large fish, to gain protection from likely predators.
Golden trevally are sportfish that are highly regarded by anglers and
respond to a wide range of baits and flies. While they will readily take
surface lures, golden trevallies are not surface fighters, they tend to
stay down deep and will not give up until tired.
If this trevally is kept for the table, it should be bled, gutted, filleted
and iced down as soon as possible