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.

Trevally – Caranx georgianus – later Pseudocaranx dentex

Trevally - Caranx georgianus

Trevally – Caranx georgianus – In recent years, following study in Japan – Pseudocaranx dentex – Maori name is Araara by Allan Burgess Trevally – Caranx georgianus – typical juvenile trevally measuring approximately 180 mm caught and released in the Marlborough Sounds. The trevally is a moderately deep-bodied pelagic More...

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The first southern bluefin tuna caught in Fiordland waters on game fishing gear.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, November 25th, 2019
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Bluefin Tuna – The First Tuna Fishing Expedition to the Fiordland Sounds

Bluefin Tuna – The First Tuna Fishing Expedition to the Fiordland Sounds by Dick Marquand Southlander Ken Hay had a fascination for tuna. During the late summer months, while fishing for blue cod in Foveaux More...

Garfish-Piper-Hyporhamphus-ihi
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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Garfish also called Piper – Hyporhamphus ihi

Garfish or Piper – Hyporhamphus ihi Other names for garfish: takeke, piper, halfbeak Garfish also called Piper – Hyporhamphus ihi. This one is about 30cm in length which is an excellent size for eating. More...

Groper - Polyprion oxygeneios.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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Groper – Polyprion oxygeneios – Crazy Groper Eats Shark Video

Groper – Polyprion oxygeneios Other names: hapuku (pronounced hapuka) Denis with a groper taken near Stephens Island, outer Marlborough Sounds. This species is often called Hapuku in the North Island, More...

barracouta head
By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 18th, 2019
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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...

Photograph: Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, July 7th, 2019
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Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi by Allan Burgess Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand. Southern Bluefin Tuna The body of the southern bluefin tuna More...

Blue moki featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris – the right bait is key to moki fishing

Home » New Zealand Sea Fishes Blue moki – Latridopsis ciliaris Blue Moki Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris The profile of blue moki is much the same as a trumpeter. They can easily be distinguished from More...

Gulper Eel - Eurpharynx pelecanoides. Line drawing.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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Gulper Eel – Eurpharynx pelecanoides – By Anthony Harris

Gulper Eel – Eurpharynx pelecanoides – Creature From The Deep – Also known as the Pelican Eel By Anthony Harris of the Otago Museum Gulper Eel – Eurpharynx pelecanoides. “A strange More...

Rebecca Dore with a big 9.5kg albacore tuna taken off the Kaikoura Coast.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Albacore Tuna – Thunnus alalunga – Chicken of the Sea! – Video

Home » New Zealand Sea Fishes Albacore Tuna can readily be identified by the following: the pectoral fins are very long running past the second dorsal fin, there is a white rear margin on the tail fin, the first More...

Trumpeter - Latris lineata
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Trumpeter – Latris lineata – Found mostly over rocky foul ground

Trumpeter – Latris lineata Tony Langdale-Hunt with a brace of massive trumpeter taken off the Canterbury Coast. by Allan Burgess The Trumpeter by Dick Marquand (Scroll down this page). A freshly caught More...