Mako Shark – Isurus oxyrinchus – Short Finned Mako – Easily the fastest of all sharks

Mako Shark - Isurus oxyrinchus. The teeth are designed to seize and hold fast swimming fish.

Mako Shark Mako Shark is also called blue pointer, mackerel shark, and is known in the scientific community as Isurus The short finned mako is one of the easiest sharks to identify. It has a solid yet streamlined body almost round in cross-section. The nose is sharp yet relatively short. There are five gill slits. It has a well defined caudal keel More...

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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...

Allan Burgess with blue moki
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Blue Moki – Latridopsis ciliaris

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...

Hooked off Canterbury's Banks Peninsula this sevengiller was set upon by other sevengillers as it was being hauled to the surface.
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...

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 – Kahawai fishing on light tackle, softbaits, and the 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

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...

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...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Spotted Dogfish

Johnny Richards, an expert surfcaster, with a big 17 lb rig shark caught at South Rakaia Beach. Johnny used crab for bait. Rig Shark Rig – Mustelus lenticulatus, has numerous names including smooth hound, More...