NZ Fish Species: Saltwater

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Yellowtail kingfish

To 1.7 metres. A large fish of northern waters, which moves south in summer months to about Banks Peninsula, it is also known in Australia. Its colour is variable in shades of grey-green to blue-green with yellow fins, particularly the tail fin, and there is a yellowish brown stripe along the sides. The large head, streamlined form and short low first dorsal fin are readily-observed features. Its food is mostly other fishes, either bottom or surface kinds. Piper or garfish is a surface species commonly taken. This sought-after sportfish is taken with a wide range of techniques including trolling, livebaiting from shore or boat, jigging, and flyfishing. The worlds largest kingfish are found in New Zealand and most world records are held here.

Other types of Saltwater:
Barracouta | Bass | Blue cod | Blue mackerel | Blue maomao | Blue moki | Bluenose warehou | Grey mullet | Gurnard | Hapuku | Jack mackerel | John dory | Kahawai | Parore | Red cod | Snapper | Tarakihi | Trevally | Trumpeter | Warehou | Yellowtail kingfish |

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