Kahawai – Arripis trutta – Kahawai fishing on light tackle, softbaits, and the fly rod.

Kahawai spinning lures.

Kahawai caught at Kaikoura. This species are great fighters on light line! Kaikoura is a great place for kahawai fishing. Over the summer months huge schools of kahawai work the coast hunting schools of baitfish often right in the breakers. Kahawai Fishing Other names for kahawai: Kopapa, Australian salmon Kahawai school by size. Though a big kahawai More...

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Pacific Pomfret - Brama japonica - featured
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica

Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica. This unusual fish was caught by Mark Slade while fishing out of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. According to Captain Colin More...

Jack Mackerel – Trachurus novaezelandiae
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Jack Mackerel – Trachurus novaezelandiaev – also called Horse Mackerel and Yellowtail

Jack Mackerel – Trachurus novaezelandiae A jack mackerel used as yellowtail kingfish bait. Photograph taken at Whangaroa Harbour Marina whalf. Photo courtesy of D.J. Moresby. Also known as horse mackerel and yellowtail The More...

Trumpeter fish.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Trumpeter – Latris lineata

A fresh caught trumpeter has a brightly coloured handsome appearance. This one was caught by Allan Burgess fishing off Stewart Island. Trumpeter Latris lineata Trumpeter are keenly sort by recreational anglers. More...

Yellow cod.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Yellow Cod – Parapercis gilliesi

Yellow cod. All fish have the brightest colours when first caught. These colours usually fade soon after capture. Yellow Cod Parapercis gilliesi (family Pinguipedidae) We recently received several pictures from More...

David Tattle, a member of the Canterbury Sport Fishing Club, with an enormous yellowtail kingfish weighing in excess of 70 pounds taken near French Pass, D'Urville Island, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Yellowtail Kingfish – Seriola lalandi

Small kingfish, often referred to by anglers as a rat kingi, weighing about 6kg caught off Banks Peninsula. Yellowtail Kingfish – Seriola lalandi Kingfish can be encountered close to shore in Canterbury between More...

scarlet wrasse
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Scarlet Wrasse – Pseudolabrus miles

Scarlet Wrasse – Pseudolabrus miles Anglers don’t generally target scarlet wrasse. Sometimes they can be a nuisance when targeting more desirable reef species in southern New Zealand such as blue cod, More...

By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Banded Wrasse – Pseudolabrus fucicola

Caught by the author from the rocks at Kaikoura’s Goose Bay, this banded wrasse is much darker in colour and is probably a male. Banded Wrasse – Pseudolabrus fucicola The most notable feature of the More...

Hooked off Canterbury's Banks Peninsula this sevengiller was set upon by other sevengillers as it was being hauled to the surface.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks

This sevengiller is more gray in colour rather than brown. Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks There are three species of cow sharks found in New Zealand waters. These are the sharp snouted sevengill shark (Heptanchias More...

This massive 21 kg tope shark was caught surfcasting near Wakanui, on the Canterbury coast east of Ashburton. It was taken on a small squid bait. Photo: Baitman.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, January 16th, 2015

Tope or School Shark is regarded by the IGFA as a game fish

Tope Shark caught by Allan Burgess at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. Tope Shark or School Shark Galeorhinus australis Also called School Shark. Tope fillets are sold in shops as white fish or flake. In my experience the More...