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.

Blue Cod (Parapercis colias) – How to Catch Blue Cod Fishing Tips

Blue Cod - Parapercis colias

Blue Cod – Parapercis colias Other names: Rawaru, patutuki by Allan Burgess These fat blue cod weighing about 8 pounds each were caught deep sea fishing over the Pegasus Canyon, off the Canterbury coast, by local angler Alan Robertson. Blue Cod – Parapercis colias – are caught all around the coast of New Zealand including the More...

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Elephant fish caught surfcasting by Allan Burgess at Haast, Westland, New Zealand
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Elephant Fish – Callorhinchus milii – Top Target Species for Surfcasters

Home » New Zealand Sea Fishes Elephant Fish can be caught close to shore in Spring and Summer Callorhinchus milii Other names for elephant fish: silver trumpeter, reperepe Malcolm Bell from The Complete Angler More...

long-tailed stingray Dasyatis thetidis
By Allan Burgess On Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Rays and Skates – Stingray, Eagle Ray, Skates, Other Rajiformes

Rays and Skates – Skate Video by Dick Marquand Rays and skates often cause anglers confusion. Let’s take a look at some of the members of the Order Rajiformes and their various differences. This order More...

Trevally - Caranx georgianus
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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Trevally – Caranx georgianus – later Pseudocaranx dentex

Trevally – Caranx georgianus – In recent years, following study in Japan – Pseudocaranx dentex – Maori name is Araara by Allan Burgess Trevally – Caranx georgianus – typical juvenile More...

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 More...

Yellowtail kingfish weighing in excess of 70 lb caught by David Tattle at French Pass, D'Urville Island.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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Kingfish, Yellowtail – Seriola lalandi – How to catch yellowtail kingfish

Yellowtail Kingfish – Hard fighting premier New Zealand gamefish by Allan Burgess and Dick Marquand Also known as Kingi (New Zealand) Yellowtail Amberjack (Canada, USA). Believed to be increasing in numbers More...

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

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 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 – How to Catch by Allan Burgess Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand. How to Catch Southern Bluefin Tuna The More...