How to Catch Golden Trevally
Rigs and Techniques
Although their mouth appears to be largely designed for bottom feeding, golden trevally are a very aggressive predator that will hit a large range of baits and lures. They do respond well to berley if they are in the area and will take most fish baits. They are often taken by trollers on bibbed minnow lures, but are also a good target for lure casters. They are usually happy to hit surface lures such as poppers and stickbaits, while jigs and soft plastics will also work around structure. Once hooked, they have great power and will use their broad sides to their advantage to prolong the battle. They are also not shy about using any nearby structure to their advantage. However, in all but the most rugged terrain the gear used doesn’t need to be super heavy and 10-15kg line is ample. Wire is not needed, although some tough mono leader of 23-27kg is a good idea. They are a great target for light tackle and fly fishers on the shallow sand flats of the North-West. They are often easily spotted and cast to, and the angler can enjoy the fight without the fear of being buried in structure by a golden.
Don’t forget to check if you need a WA fishing licence before heading out.