Category Archives: Sharks

Sharks found around New Zealand

Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Excellent Eating – Strong Fighter

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.

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. I haven’t seen a rig shark that big before. Rig – Mustelus lenticulatus, has numerous names including smoothhound, gummy shark and More...

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Sevengill shark caught by Lewis Garton at Birdlings Flat.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, April 2nd, 2018
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Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks – Sevengillers are often caught by surfcasters

This sevengill is more grey in colour rather than brown. Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks by Allan Burgess The Sevengiller and Other Cow Sharks by Dick Marquand   In 1992 a large sixgill shark was taken in More...

Malcolm Bell from The Complete Angler in Christchurch caught this beaut elephant fish surfcasting at Birdlings Flat December 2016.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, April 1st, 2018
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Surfcasting Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit – steep shelving shingle beach

Surfcasting Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit In my younger days I spent many an afternoon and evening surfcasting at Birdlings Flat – also called Baileys Beach. I remember the rich red sunsets in particular More...

Hammerhead shark - Sphyrna zygaena.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, February 18th, 2018
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Hammerhead Shark – Big specimens feed on stingrays

Hammerhead Shark – Sphyrna zygaena Alistair Milne caught this enormous hammerhead shark weighing 159.2kg on 24kg tackle during a Tutukaka Small Boats Tournament. It is almost certainly a smooth or common 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 Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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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, More...

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By Allan Burgess On Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
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White Shark – Carcharodon carcharias – Fishing Methods

Great White Sharks by Allan Burgess The White Shark Leviathan of the Deep by Dick Marquand White Shark Game Fish Profile by Dick Marquand Also known as White Shark, White Death, Man Eater, or White Pointer (in More...

Threasher shark
By Allan Burgess On Friday, December 1st, 2017
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Thresher Shark – Alopias vulpinus – easily recognized from its very long tail

Thresher shark caught off Fiordland. Photo Dick Marquand. Thresher Shark – Updated by Allan Burgess and Dick Marquand (see below) The thresher shark is easily recognized from its very long tail. The upper 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...

Spiny dogfish
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Common Small Inshore Sharks

Spiny dogfish. Small Inshore Sharks Spiny Dogfish Surfcasters fishing around the South Island of New Zealand will typically catch a number of smaller sharks. The most commonly caught are Spiny Dogfish – More...

Rangitata sevengiller.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Sevengill Shark caught surfcasting near the mouth of the Rangitata River

Sevengill Shark Caught Surfcasting at the Rangitata Seven Gilled Shark caught near the mouth of the Rangitata River. We catch about 15 a season and all are returned to fight another day. This one was 9 foot long More...