Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Gurnard, Red – Chelidonichthys kumu – How to catch this tasty eating fish – Video

Red Gurnard Marlborough Sounds featured video image

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 widely known as Carrots! Usually found over open sandy bottoms rather than foul ground. The red gurnard it a good quality eating fish. They More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 1 month ago
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

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

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

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

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

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...

scarlet wrasse
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Scarlet Wrasse – Pseudolabrus miles

Scarlet Wrasse – Pseudolabrus miles Anglers don’t generally target scarlet wrasse. Sometimes they can be a nuisance when targeting more desirable reef species in southern New Zealand such as blue cod, More...

By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Banded Wrasse – Pseudolabrus fucicola

Caught by the author from the rocks at Kaikoura’s Goose Bay, this banded wrasse is much darker in colour and is probably a male. Banded Wrasse – Pseudolabrus fucicola The most notable feature of the More...

Sevengill shark caught by Lewis Garton at Birdlings Flat.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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...

This massive 21 kg tope shark was caught surfcasting near Wakanui, on the Canterbury coast east of Ashburton. It was taken on a small squid bait. Photo: Baitman.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, January 16th, 2015

Tope or School Shark is regarded by the IGFA as a game fish

Tope Shark caught by Allan Burgess at Dorie, Mid Canterbury. Tope Shark or School Shark Galeorhinus australis Also called School Shark. Tope fillets are sold in shops as white fish or flake. In my experience, the More...