Paje Beach, Zanzibar (TZ)
The bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus) can be caught in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They belong to the Jack family, like its larger cousin the giant trevally and the horse mackerel for example.
These magnificent predators have these typical electric blue fins and their sides are covered with beautiful black, brown and blue spots. Bluefin trevally can grow up to 1 m long and weigh up to 40 kg.
Bluefin trevally are very strong fighters and are caught bait fishing, spinfishing, popping, flyfishing or jigging. It is deffinitely one of the primier gamefish of the Indo-Pacific region.
Juveniles use to live in shallow tropical reef areas, bays and estuaries. Here, they feed on a wide range of small fish, cephalopods and sometimes crustaceans. Larger adult fish can also be found inshore, but generally speaking they prefer deeper coral reefs, outer reef slopes or near drop offs.
Bluefin trevally can be found from Japan to the northern coast of Australia, and from east Africa to French Polynesia, Hawaii, Panama and Mexico.