Category Archives: Sharks

Sharks found around New Zealand

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...

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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...

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.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
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Rig Shark – Mustelus lenticulatus – Spotted Dogfish

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. 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...

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
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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, the More...

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By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Great White Shark – Carcharodon-carcharias

Also known as White Shark, White Death, Man Eater, or White Pointer (in South Africa), this is the most fearsome of all sharks Great-White-Shark-Carcharodon-carcharias White sharks are found mostly in temperate More...

Threasher shark
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
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Thresher Shark – Alopias vulpias

Thresher shark taken off Fiordland. Photo Dick Marquand. Thresher Shark The thresher shark is easily recognized from its very long tail. The upper tail lope is about the same length as the rest of the body. The More...

Porbeagle shark line art
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Porbeagle Shark – Lamna nasus – a warm blooded shark

Porbeagle Shark The porbeagle shark, like the mako and the great white shark, is a member of the Lamnidae family (mackerel sharks) of warm blooded sharks. They are able to maintain their body temperature around More...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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Mako Shark weighing 153 kgs caught off the Canterbury Coast

Grant Collins pictured with his 153kg mako shark caught off Banks Peninsula, on the Canterbury Coast. Canterbury Sport Fishing Club Mako Shark Mako shark taken off the Canterbury Coast Grant Collins caught this More...

Mako shark weighing 392kg (862.4 lb).
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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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...