Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Directory of New Zealand Sea Fishes. Photographs, descriptions, average lengths, weights, fishing methods, and tackle for catching New Zealand fishes. Scroll down for our full species index.

Trumpeter – Latris lineata – Found mostly over rocky foul ground

Tony Langdale-Hunt with a brace of massive trumpeter taken off the Canterbury Coast.

Trumpeter – Latris lineata Tony Langdale-Hunt with a brace of massive trumpeter taken off the Canterbury Coast.   A freshly caught trumpeter has a brightly coloured handsome appearance. This one was caught by Allan Burgess fishing off Stewart Island. Trumpeter is a welcome catch for recreational anglers. They are a fish of southern More...

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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.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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Yellow-eyed Mullet – Aldrichetta forsteri – found in harbours, estuaries, tidal rivers

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 More...

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...