Most anglers say the best time of the year to catch Blue Eye Trevalla fish in Sydney is from August through to May. But, the reality this is an all year round fish to catch. The Blue Eye Trevalla is found offshore to a depth of 900 metres. This is a highly sort after fish as many consider it to be the best eating in the southern ocean.
- Size: Up to 50 kilograms
- Length: Up to 140 cm
- Food Rating: Excellent
- Territory: Offshore, deep sea to 900 metres
The scientific name for the Blue-eye Trevalla is Hyperoglyphe antarctica.
How to identify a Blue-eye Trevalla Fish
- From silver with a steel blue back.
- To Pink brown with a purple hue
- Deep blue eyes with a golden ring
- The dorsal fin is short
- Caudal fin of the fish is forked
The Blue-eye Trevalla is possibly the best eating fish in all the southern ocean waters. This sort after fish also has a high value. Most recreational fishermen were unaware of the Blue-eye Trevalla because of the depths they swim at. It wasn't until commercial fisherman started landing this fish that it came to prominence. They grow up to 140cm in length and can weigh up to 50 kilograms. They have a lifespan to around 75 years. The Blue-eye Trevalla prey on squid, molluscs, crustaceans and fish ranging from small species to large species such as gemfish. There is not much information regarding their predators but it is considered that sharks and orcas feed on Blue-eye Trevalla
The female Blue-eye Trevalla reaches her reproductive age at 11-12 years. The males reach maturity at 8-9 years of age. The Blue-eye Trevalla can produce between 2 to 10 million eggs during spawning season in summer and autumn.
Where and When to Catch Blue-eye Trevalla
The Blue-eye Trevallas generally feed around rocky surfaces on sloping continental shelves. The habitat is in depths between 200‑900 metres. The juveniles can be seen in surface waters. One of the most favoured spots to land this fish is at Browns Mountain which about 38 kilometres or 20 nautical miles off the coast of Sydney. The quickest way to Browns Mountain is from the Cronulla Wharf. We run special Browns Mountain Fishing Charters We supply all the fishing gear and bait including up to 6 elecric eels.You can even troll for tuna on the way their and back.
How to catch Blue-eye Trevalla
Blue-eye Trevalla is a species of deep-sea fish that is found in the waters around Australia and New Zealand. It is prized for its white, firm flesh and is often caught for commercial purposes. Here are the steps to catch Blue-eye Trevalla:
- Choose the right equipment: Blue-eye Trevalla is a deep-water species, so you will need a heavy-duty fishing rod and reel, and a strong fishing line.
- Identify the right location: Blue-eye Trevalla is typically found in deep waters around underwater canyons and drop-offs, so look for areas with these features.
- Select the right bait: Squid, pilchards, and cut bait are all effective baits for catching Blue-eye Trevalla.
- Cast your line: Cast your line into the water, making sure to reach the desired depth.
- Watch for bites: Pay attention to your line for any signs of a bite, such as a sudden pull or a change in the line's tension.
- Set the hook: When you feel a bite, quickly and firmly set the hook by pulling the rod back.
- Reel in the fish: Keep the rod tip up and reel in the line, being prepared for a fight as Blue-eye Trevalla are known to be a strong fighting species.
- Release the fish: If you're not planning to keep the fish for eating, gently remove the hook and release the fish back into the water.
Remember to follow fishing regulations and to always practice catch and release to ensure the health and sustainability of fish populations. It's also important to use appropriate fishing gear for the species you're targeting and to be aware of your surroundings, as fishing in deep waters can be dangerous.
What bait do i use to catch Blue-eye Trevalla?
Blue-eye Trevalla are predatory fish that feed on smaller fish and squid, so it's important to use a bait that mimics their natural prey. Here are some popular baits used to catch Blue-eye Trevalla:
- Squid: Squid is a common bait for catching Blue-eye Trevalla, as it closely resembles the species' natural prey.
- Pilchards: Pilchards, or sardines, are also a good option for catching Blue-eye Trevalla, as they are readily available and have a strong scent that can attract the fish.
- Cut bait: Cut bait, such as mackerel or other oily fish, can be an effective bait for catching Blue-eye Trevalla.
- Jigs: Jigs tipped with a piece of squid or cut bait can be fished vertically, simulating the movement of a injured or dead baitfish.
It's important to experiment with different baits and techniques to determine what works best, as Blue-eye Trevalla can be fussy feeders and their preferences can change depending on the time of year and water conditions.
Fishing for Blue-eye Trevalla at Browns Mountain
On all our fishing and deep-sea fishing charters in Sydney, all you need to bring are the right clothes depending on the weather conditions. We will supply everything else including bait, fishing rods and reels and fishing licence. At the end of our fishing trip, you get to keep what you catch. We have 3 purpose build fishing vessels that have all the facilities and amenities you require.