Giant 45cm whitebait stuns fisher on the West Coast
Tyler Glover caught the “beautiful” giant kōkopu on the banks of a West Coast lake.
An angler was surprised to find he had reeled in a giant adult whitebait estimated to be up to 40 years old on the West Coast.
Tyler Glover said he caught the “beautiful” giant kōkopu on the banks of a West Coast lake on Sunday.
“I was incredibly surprised and I didn’t quite realise what the fish was at the time,” he said.
He took a photo before releasing the fish back into the lake.
He uploaded the photo to Facebook where it was identified as a Giant kōkopu – a fully grown adult species of whitebait which is classified as threatened.
Glover said he caught the fish, which he estimated to be about 45cm long, at about 12.30 am on Sunday.
“It was so amazing and special to know I got to witness such a beautiful fish. I can’t imagine many anglers get the chance,” he said.
Read the full story by Joanne Naish dated 23 March 2023 here on Stuff.co.nz