The first rule for catching elephant fish is to be fishing when and where elephant fish are present. The second rule is to use crab, prawn, crayfish or tuatua for bait rather than cut fish fillets. Having said all of that I once caught four elephant fish in a day at Haast Beach in mid winter on squid. A mate of mine who has a batch down at the Rangitata River mouth told me that one day he and his son, and quite a few other people, caught a large number of elephant fish from the shingle beach there one afternoon. It was like every cast another elephant fish.