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.

Groper – Polyprion oxygeneios – A favourite New Zealand Deep-water Fish

Groper - Polyprion oxygeneios.

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, and groper in the south.  Many believe, incorrectly, that groper is a deepwater species only. However, before they were fished-out they More...

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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...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, October 1st, 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...

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...

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...