Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Spotted Dogfish

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.

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. I haven’t seen a rig shark that big before. Rig – Mustelus lenticulatus, has numerous names including smooth hound, gummy shark More...

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Spotty - Notolabrus celidotus
By Allan Burgess On Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Spotty – Notolabrus celidotus – One of the easiest species to catch!

The spotty is often regarded as a nuisance fish Spotty – Notolabrus celidotus. The fish shown here has the colour scheme of a female. This is the fish caught by small boys from wharves. Spotty are More...

By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
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Catching Yabbies with a Bait Pump in New Zealand – Fishingmag.co.nz Only Video

Catching Yabbies with bait pump video Video Title: How to Catch Yabbies with a Bait Pump. Video Description: Live yabbies make great bait for mullet, flounder, kahawai and other species. To catch yabbies 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 Monday, December 1st, 2014
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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...

Sevengill shark caught by Lewis Garton at Birdlings Flat.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, January 25th, 2015
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Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks – Sevengillers are often caught by surfcasters

This sevengiller is more gray in colour rather than brown. Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks In 1992 a large sixgill shark was taken in Cook Strait that measured 4.2 metres (14 ft) and weighed 417 kg (919 lbs) There More...

Rebecca Dore with a big 9.5kg albacore tuna taken off the Kaikoura Coast.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Albacore Tuna – Thunnus alalunga – Chicken of the Sea!

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 dorsal fin can be lowered into More...

Mako Shark - Isurus oxyrinchus. The teeth are designed to seize and hold fast swimming fish.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Mako Shark – Isurus oxyrinchus – Short Finned Mako can swim at 80 kph

Mako Shark Mako Shark is also called blue pointer, mackerel shark, and is known in the scientific community as Isurus The short finned mako shark is one of the easiest sharks to identify. It has a solid yet streamlined More...

Bruce Gardner with 11 kg snapper caught near Maud Island.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Snapper – Chrysophrys auratus – New Zealand’s most popular fish!

Brent LeBherz with a 13.5 pound Marlborough Sounds Snapper. Snapper – Chrysophrys auratus Snapper is found in the North Island and upper South Island with a few stragglers caught further south Snapper is More...

Mako shark weighing 392kg (862.4 lb).
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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Mako Shark – Isurus-oxyrinchus – Hunting Mr Mako

Caught off Otago Peninsula in the mid 90s by Alister McAlpine on 24kg gear, this huge mako weighed 147.6kg. Although it, surprisingly, never jumped while being fought for over an hour it did almost everything else More...

Blue moki featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris – right bait is key to moki fishing

Blue moki – Latridopsis ciliaris Blue Moki Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris The profile of blue moki is much the same as trumpeter. They can easily be distinguished from trumpeter by the absence of longitudinal More...