Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

New Zealand Sea Fishes

Albacore Tuna – Thunnus alalunga
Anchovy – Engraulis australis
Banded Wrasse – Pseudolabrus fucicola
Barracouta – Thyrsites atun – Manga
Bass – Sea Bass and Bass Groper
Blue Cod (Parapercis colias)
Blue Mackerel – Scomber australasicus
Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris
Blue Shark – Prionace glauca
Bluefin – Pacific bluefin tuna 300 kg (660 lb 6 oz) Thunnus orientalis
Bluefin – Pacific Bluefin Tuna a Possible World Record!
Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – southern bluefin tuna
Bluenose Warehou – Hyperoglyphe antarctic
Broadbill Swordfish – Xiphias gladius
Butterfish – Odax pullus – widely known in New Zealand as Greenbone
Carpet Shark
Conger Eel – Leptocephalus verreauxi
Elephant Fish – Callorhinchus milii
Frostfish – Lepidopus caudatus
Garfish-piper – Hyporhamphus ihi
Great White Shark – Carcharodon-carcharias
Groper – Polyprion oxygeneios
Gurnard, Red – Chelidonichthys kumu
Hammerhead Shark
Jack Mackerel – Trachurus novaezelandiaev – also called Horse Mackerel and Yellowtail
John Dory – Zeus faber
Kahawai – Arripis trutta – Kahawai fishing on light tackle, softbaits, and the fly rod.
Kahawai Spin Fishing at River Mouths – Plus great light-tackle kahawai video action
Ling – Genypterus blacodes
Mako Shark – Isurus oxyrinchus – Short Finned Mako
Mako Shark – Isurus-oxyrinchus – Hunting Mr Mako
Mako Shark weighing 153 kgs Caught off the Canterbury Coast
Pacific Pomfret – Brama brama
Pilchard Sardinops-neopilchardus
Poisonous Pufferfish – Contusus richei – also called Globefish or Boxfish
Porbeagle Shark – Lamna nasus – like the mako and great white can maintain its body temperature around 10 degrees C higher than the surrounding water temperature
Red Cod – Morid cods – Pseudophycis bachus
Red Rock Lobster – Jasus edwardsii
Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Spotted Dogfish
Rough Skate – Raja nasuta – Skate are a common catch for surfcasters around the South Island
Scarlet Wrasse – Pseudolabrus miles
Sea Perch – Helicolenus percoides – the fish with many names
Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks
Silvery Oarfish – Regalecus glesne
Snapper – Chrysophrys auratus – New Zealand’s most popular fish!
Southern Bastard Red Cod – Pseudophycis barbata
Spiny dogfish – Squalus acanthias – small migratory shark
Spotty – Notolabrus celidotus
Sprats are a small oily baitfish found mostly around the South Island of New Zealand
Stingray – Short-tailed Stingray – Dasyatis brevicaudatus
Tarakihi – Nemadactylus macropterus
Thresher Shark – Alopias vulpinus
Tope or School Shark can fight strongly hence the reason it is regarded by the International Game Fish Association as a game fish
Trumpeter – Latris lineata
Tuna, Albacore – Thunnus alalunga
Tuna, Butterfly Tuna – Gasterochisma melampus
Tuna, Southern Bluefin – Thunnus maccoyi
Tuna, Slender – allothunnus-fallai
Yellow Cod – Parapercis gilliesi
Yellow-eyed Mullet – aldrichetta forsteri
Yellowtail Kingfish – Seriola lalandi

Hapuka or Groper – How to Catch Hapuka in Deep Water

Groper Hapuka Featured image

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 that are home to an abundance of hapuka, bass, bluenose, gemfish, and other species. Polyprion oxygeneios are known as hapuka in the North More...

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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

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

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

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

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

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...

Blue Nose featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Bluenose Warehou – Hyperoglyphe antarctic – Also Griffin’s Silverfish

Bluenose Warehou – Hyperoglyphe antarctic Bluenose Warehou are also called: blue bream, Bonita, Matiri, Deepsea Trevally, Griffin’s Silverfish, Antarctic butterfish and stone eye Ian Bowden, More...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

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...

By Allan Burgess On Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Blue Cod (Parapercis colias) – Sort after my South Island Anglers

Blue cod photographed under water. Blue cod are very inquisitive and will often approach divers. Blue Cod Other names for blue cod: Rawaru, patutuki Blue Cod – Parapercis colias – are caught all around More...

Red Gurnard Marlborough Sounds featured video image
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Gurnard, Red – Chelidonichthys kumu – How to catch this tasty fish – Video

Other names for gurnard: Kumukumu is the Maori name, also widely known as Carrots! Video Title: Grunting Red Gurnard Caught Surfcasting in the Marlborough Sounds. Video Description: Red Gurnard More...