These deepwater fish are a member of the warehou family and are found over deepwater reefs and rocks all throughout the country, from depths of 200 to 500m.
They move into these areas in mid summer and are available to rod and reel fishermen through the winter. They are fished for with similar tackle and rigs to those used for hapuku and bass, and are usually taken in conjunction with them.
These popular table fish may top 40kg in weight, but tend to average around 10-20 kg. Most recreational captures of this species are made in the Bay of Plenty and Cook Strait
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