Category Archives: New Zealand Sea Fishes

Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks – Sevengillers are often caught by surfcasters

Sevengill shark caught by Lewis Garton at Birdlings Flat.

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 are three species of cow sharks found in New Zealand waters. These are the sharp snouted sevengill shark (Heptanchias perlo), the broad snouted More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 2 years ago
Rebecca Dore with a big 9.5kg albacore tuna taken off the Kaikoura Coast.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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...

By Allan Burgess On Monday, November 10th, 2014

Frostfish – Lepidopus caudatus

This frostfish was found washed up on a beach near Picton, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Frostfish Other names for frostfish: para-taharangi. At first 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...

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...

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 kingi, weighing about 6kg caught off Banks Peninsula. Yellowtail Kingfish – Seriola lalandi Kingfish can be encountered close to shore in Canterbury between More...