Target Species - the Fish we Catch


Below are brief descriptions of the main fish species we are likely to encounter on your fishing charter trip.

Blue Cod

Parapercis colias

Usually greenish blue in colour, while the smaller ones are blotched in varying shades of brown. Exclusive to New Zealand and found in shallow waters around the rocky coasts up to the depth of 150 m and far more common around the South Island.
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Groper

Polyprion oxygeneios

In Japan: Ara

Grey-blue to grey-brown above, white below, small scales; slender body, pointed head, protruding lower jaw. Available all year round, but landings peak in mid-winter. Average weight 6kg, ranging from 3-20kg, 1.4-1.8m long. More >>


Tarakahi

Neadactylus macropterus

In Japan: Shimakurodai, Fuedai

Colour varies according to locality, from silvery blue green to silvery black and with a distinctive black shoulder band. Deep bodies, one elongated pectoral fin, small mouth, thick lips, moderate scales. Catches increase between February and June. Average length 30-40cm, average weight 1.8kg More >>


Sea Perch

Helicolenus percoides

Pinky-grey striped fish with large mouth. Grows to about 50cm in length and lives for about 40 years.  More >>


Trumpeter

Latris lineata

Adult Trumpeters can reach about 1m in length and weigh about 25kg. Feed on a wide range of molluscs, crustaceans, and fish. More >>

 

 


Blue Moki

Latridopsis ciliaris

Banded blue-grey with sides flashing a chrome grey. It reaches a good size – in excess of 9kg, but anything over 5kg is considered a big specimen. On average they reach 55-70cm in length and the oldest fish can reach 30 years of age. More >>





 

 

 

Blue Cod
Blue Cod

 

 

Groper
Groper

 

Tarakahi
Tarakahi

 

Sea Perch
Sea Perch

Trumpeter
Trumpeter

 

Blue Moki
Blue Moki
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