New Zealand Sea Fishes

Directory of New Zealand Sea Fishes. Photographs, descriptions, average lengths, weights, fishing methods, and tackle for catching New Zealand fishes. Scroll down for our full species index.

Sand Flounder – Rhombosolea plebeia, How to Catch – Excellent to Eat

Sand Flounder – Rhombosolea plebeia, How to Catch – Excellent to Eat

Sand Flounder - Rhombosolea plebeia - Considered by many to be the best eating fish in the sea The Sand…

12/05/2022

Flounder Netting

Flounder Netting By Peter Langlands I have still not lost that feeling of excitement as the flounder net is hauled…

10/05/2022

Kahawai fishing on light spinning tackle, softbaits, and fly rod

Kahawai Fishing on light spinning tackle, soft baits, and the fly rod - Revised & Updated Other names for kahawai: Kopapa,…

27/04/2022

Greenback Flounder – Rhombosolea tapirina

Greenback Flounder - Rhombosolea tapirina Description The back of this species is, as its name would suggest, dark green. Some…

30/03/2022

Scorpion Fish – Scorpaena cardinalis

Scorpion fish - Scorpaena cardinalis  Other Names: Red scorpion fish, Grandfather hapuku, red rock cod, pahuiakaroa Description The scorpion fish…

28/03/2022

Black Marlin – Istiompax Indica – The most prized billfish in NZ waters

Black Marlin - Istiompax Indica By Allan Burgess New Zealand is considered to be at the southerly limit of the…

08/03/2022

Hoki – Macruronus novaezelandiae – A Deep Water Species Rarely Caught by Anglers

Hoki are an important New Zealand commercial species Other Names For Hoki: Blue grenadier, blue hake, New Zealand whiptail, whiptail…

29/01/2022

Gemfish – Rexea solandri – Southern Kingfish, Hake, Deepwater Species

Gemfish - Rexea solandri - Synonyms = Jordanidia solandri and Rexea furcifera Waite, 1911  Other names for Gemfish: Southern Kingfish, Hake (Tikati), and King Barrcouta in Australia  The…

06/12/2021

Elephant Fish – Callorhinchus milii – How to Catch Elephant Fish – Updated

Elephant Fish can be caught close to shore in Spring and Summer Callorhinchus milii Callorhynchus milii (Tas): Elephant fish, by Frank…

07/11/2021

Flying fish become gliders taking to the air to escape predators

Black Wing Flying Fish - Hirundichthys rondeletii By Allan Burgess Flight  Flying fish don't fly like birds flapping their wings. Rather…

05/11/2021