Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Yellow-eyed Mullet – Aldrichetta forsteri – found in harbours, estuaries, tidal rivers

Yellow-eyed mullet shoal by size. Smaller fish like this one just 60mm in length can be found in huge shoals over the summer around river mouths and along the coast.

A smallish yellow-eyed mullet caught in the Waimakariri River. They seem to school by size. Sometimes you can catch quite a few big ones at the same time. They will readily take small flies as well as baited hooks. Yellow-eyed Mullet – How to Catch them for Bait Yellow-eyed mullet are often incorrectly called herrings Fishing Rigs Shown Below Yellow-eyed More...

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Ling – Genypterus blacodes
By Allan Burgess On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Ling – Genypterus blacodes – Usually taken in deep-water

Home » New Zealand Sea Fishes Ling – Cusk eels (family Ophidiidae) When fishing deep-water for hapuka there is always the possibility of catching other species like this ling taken off Tauranga in the Bay More...

Anchovy – Engraulis australis. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, September 28th, 2018
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Anchovy – Engraulis australis – average length between 8 and 12 cm

Home » New Zealand Sea Fishes Anchovy – Engraulis-australis Anchovy – Engraulis australis. It is easily distinguished from other small baitfish by its undershot lower jaw. Anchovy is known to More...

I used a trout fly rod and reel setup to target kahawai at the river mouth. The blue Deceiver pattern worked a treat as did several other of my saltwater fly creations. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
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Kahawai fishing on light spinning tackle, softbaits, and fly rod

Kahawai Fishing on light spinning tackle, soft baits, and the fly rod Other names for kahawai: Kopapa, Australian Salmon Kahawai Fishing I used a trout fly rod and reel setup to target kahawai at the river More...

Groper Hapuka Featured image
By Allan Burgess On Friday, August 3rd, 2018
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Hapuka or Groper – How to Catch Hapuka in Deep Water

How to Catch Hapuka by Andrew Padlie Bass – Polyprion americanus – weighing 39 kg caught by Colin Dreaver. Photograph Andrew Padlie. Andrew Padlie takes a look at the deepwater reefs of Tauranga More...

Dwayne Aberhart with an even bigger rig shark caught surfcasting near Christchurch in December 2016. It weighed in at a massive 41 lbs. Congratulations Dwayne. I haven't seen a rig shark that big before. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
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Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Excellent Eating – Strong Fighter

Rig Shark are Often Caught by Surfcasters at Night Dwayne Aberhart with an even bigger rig shark caught surfcasting near Christchurch in December 2016. It weighed in at a massive 41 lbs. Congratulations Dwayne. More...

Bruce Gardner with 11 kg snapper caught near Maud Island.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 21st, 2018
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Snapper – Chrysophrys auratus – New Zealand’s most popular fish!

Brent LeBherz with a 13.5 pound Marlborough Sounds Snapper. Snapper – Chrysophrys auratus Snapper are found in the North Island and upper South Island with a few stragglers caught further south Snapper is More...

Red cod
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 21st, 2018
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Red Cod – Morid cods – Pseudophycis bachus – a good eating fish

Red Cod – Pseudophycis bachus Red cod; also called hoka Pseudophycis bachus Red cod are a fish that many anglers love to hate. A fish that has none of the sporting qualities of our more sort after species. More...

John Dory fish.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 21st, 2018
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John Dory – Zeus faber – live bait is best but will take mussel baits

John Dory caught by Dane Rayner in Breaker Bay, Wellington. Click on the picture to enlarge. John Dory – Zeus faber Also called Kuparu John Dory are frequently caught around the North Island of New Zealand More...

barracouta head
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 21st, 2018
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Barracouta – Thyrsites atun – Manga – Known as Cook Strait Sailfish

The barracouta – otherwise known as the “Cook Strait sailfish” Note the dentistry. Most barracouta measure just short of a metre in length. This one took a weight-forward ticer intended for a salmon More...