Monthly Archives: September 2018

Golden Trevally ( Gnathanodon speciosus )

spearfishing philippines fish species

Don from, http://www.abandonparadise.com/, with a good size Golden Trevally he speared in Coron.

Common Name Golden Trevally

Local Name:  Garapeche, Malapandong Dilaw, Banlog (Tagalog); Badlon (Cebuano)

Max Size:  120 cm (15kgs)

BiodiversitySaltwater

Depth1 – 80 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, Crabs, small fish, lures, small jigs

IUCN Red List Status:  (LC) Least Concern 

Trevally are abundant throughout the water of the Philippines.  Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the many different species.  That is not the case however with the Golden Trevally.  The bright golden color of this fish along with its and downward facing mouth make this fish easy to identify.  Its unique mouth helps it to root out crustaceans from the sea floor.  Though it may appear that crustaceans are this fish’s favorite snack, it is in reality an opportunistic feeder and will prey upon what small fish and invertebrates that it can find.

Larger Golden Trevally often school together.  Small juveniles can often be seen piloting, or swimming directly in front of larger fish and predators.  These fearless little golden swimmers also occasionally pilot in front of divers as well!  Small juveniles are also common in the aquarium trade.

Have you caught a Golden Trevally here in the Philippines?  If so send a message and share the experience 🙂

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