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.

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna

Photograph: Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand.

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 is almost round in cross-section. The first dorsal fin folds down into a groove on the back affording the fish an almost perfect bullet-like More...

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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...

Garfish also called Pipper – Hyporhamphus ihi
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, February 10th, 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...

Tony Langdale-Hunt with a brace of massive trumpeter taken off the Canterbury Coast.
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.   A freshly caught trumpeter has a brightly coloured handsome appearance. This one More...

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...