Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Tunas of New Zealand’s South Island – Four species of interest by Gary Wilson

Albacore tuna Gary Wilson featured image.

There are ten different tunas available around New Zealand Shannon Field’s 22kg New Zealand Record albacore tuna. Tunas are one of the most exciting species to fish catch. Irrespective of their size they are fast, hard, dogged fighters who apart from their excellent fighting abilities are eagerly sorted worldwide as a top class food fish. Here More...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
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Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – southern bluefin tuna

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus mccoyi 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 More...

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By Allan Burgess On Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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Butterfly Tuna – Gasterochisma melampus – off Fiordland coast during summer months

Butterfly Tuna – Gasterochisma melampus by Gary Wilson Butterfly Tuna Description Butterfly tuna colouration is metallic blue, black on the back with intense silver flanks and belly. Silver pectoral fins whilst More...

Slender Tuna – Allothunnus fallai
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
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Slender Tuna – Allothunnus fallai – the most elongate of the South Island tuna species

Slender Tuna – Allothunnus fallai by Gary Wilson The author Gary Wilson with a slender tuna. The slender tuna is the most elongate of the South Island tuna species. Specimens generally measure under 1m More...

Red Gurnard Marlborough Sounds featured video image
By Allan Burgess On Friday, February 10th, 2017
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Gurnard, Red – Chelidonichthys kumu – How to catch this tasty eating 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 are More...

Kahawai taken on 40g Lucky Lure. This hard bodied lure is bright silver, and the body is flat. It is small and compact and casts a very long distance. Combined with single Mustad 34007 size 2/0 O'Shaughnessy hook you have a deadly combination for kahawai on spinning gear. The small lure and single hook attract more strikes and hold the fish better than a treble.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, August 10th, 2015
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Kahawai fishing on light spinning tackle, softbaits, and fly rod

Kahawai caught at Kaikoura. This species are great fighters on light line! Kaikoura is a great place for kahawai fishing. Over the summer months, huge schools of kahawai work the coast hunting schools of baitfish More...

Pacific Pomfret - Brama japonica - featured
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica

Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica. This unusual fish was caught by Mark Slade while fishing out of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. According to Captain Colin More...

Jack Mackerel – Trachurus novaezelandiae
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Jack Mackerel – Trachurus novaezelandiaev – also Horse Mackerel or Yellowtail

Jack Mackerel – Trachurus novaezelandiae A jack mackerel used as yellowtail kingfish bait. Photograph taken at Whangaroa Harbour Marina whalf. Photo courtesy of D.J. Moresby. Also known as horse mackerel and yellowtail The More...

Trumpeter fish.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
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Trumpeter – Latris lineata

A fresh caught trumpeter has a brightly coloured handsome appearance. This one was caught by Allan Burgess fishing off Stewart Island. Trumpeter Latris lineata Trumpeter are keenly sort by recreational anglers. More...

David Tattle, a member of the Canterbury Sport Fishing Club, with an enormous yellowtail kingfish weighing in excess of 70 pounds taken near French Pass, D'Urville Island, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
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Yellowtail Kingfish – Seriola lalandi – Very hard fighting predator

Small kingfish, often referred to by anglers as a rat king, weighing about 6kg caught off Banks Peninsula. Yellowtail Kingfish increasing in numbers around the South Island Kingfish can be encountered close to shore More...