Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna

Christchurch angler Paul Stewart with his big bluefin tuna taken at the entrance to Nancy Sound on Fiordland’s rugged coast. Featured image.

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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Carpet Shark Cephaloscyllium isabella
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
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Carpet Shark – Cephaloscyllium isabella – also Cat or Swell Shark

Carpet Shark – Cephaloscyllium isabella A brace of carpet shark caught by Allan Burgess from the beach behind the railway station at Kaikoura. Though quite eatable they were returned to the water. Carpet sharks More...

Trumpeter fish.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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Trumpeter – Latris lineata Found mostly over rocky foul ground down to 100m

A freshly 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...

Mako Shark - Isurus oxyrinchus. The teeth are designed to seize and hold fast swimming fish.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, April 29th, 2017
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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...

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 Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
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Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Spotted Dogfish

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...

Red Gurnard Marlborough Sounds featured video image
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, April 4th, 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...

Butterfly tuna featured image.
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...

Albacore tuna Gary Wilson featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
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Tunas of New Zealand’s South Island – Four species of interest by Gary Wilson

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 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...