Giant Trevally As Fly Rod Sport Fish
The Giant Trevally is an apex predator in most of its habitats, and is known to hunt individually and in schools. This species predominantly takes various fish as prey, among them: mackerels, sardines and bonefish (hence the fly selection above). Best known fly fishing destinations are Christmas Island (Kiribati), and Alphonse Island (Indian Ocean).
The all-tackle world record is 160-pounds 7-ounces, caught off Tokara, Japan. The fly rod world record was caught with 16-pound test tippet, and weighed 79-pounds 9-ounces, by Captain Chris Sheeder on July 5th, 2001 at Kure Atoll, Pacific Ocean.
Fly Fishing for Giant Trevally will appeal to a select group of hardy, adventuresome individuals. These fish are often stalked while wading, which means that there is no boat "to run them down." Tackle needs to be 12-weight minimum. Sage SALT 1290-4, TFO BVK, backing and fly line core needs to be at least 50-pound test. RIO GT Line
Read about Dave Kilhefner's Giant Trevally adventure on Christmas Island. Report on Giant Trevally at Christmas Island
Giant Trevally, Caranx ignobilis, is a species of large marine fish classified in the jack family, Carangidae. The giant trevally is distributed throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, with a range stretching from South Africa in the west to Hawaii in the east, including Japan in the north and Australia in the south. Two were documented in the eastern tropical Pacific in the 2010s (one captured off Panama and another sighted at the Gal�pagos), but it remains to be seen if the species will become established there. This information and map were copied from Wikipedia.