How do you get Moki in NZ?

Moki are rarely caught on cut fish bait alone – although I have caught them on cut fish bait, un-baited flasher rigs, and metal jigs. The best baits are, as mentioned above: mussels, tua tuas, crabs and crayfish parts, particularly tails and legs. Try to keep your baits quite small so they will take them whole.

How do you catch Moki on line?

When playing a moki let them take some line but not too much, as they will head straight for the snags – let your drag slow them down. To turn a big moki, holding your rod from an upright position to the side will in most cases do the trick. Always let the surf wash your fish into you when it gets closer to the beach.

What does Moki fish taste like?

Blue Moki has a very moist and light “Sea Bass” flavor and texture. The Blue Moki has all of the culinary applications of Cods, Sea Basses, Snappers, and Sea Breams. It is versatile and appealing in all aspects of dining.

What kind of fish is Moki?

Blue moki (Latridopsis ciliaris) is a species of marine ray finned fish belonging to the family Latridae, the trumpeters. It is native to the southwestern Pacific Ocean around New Zealand and occasionally off southeastern Australia at depths of 10 metres (33 ft) and greater.

How do you fish for blue Moki?

Blue moki love shellfish and crustacean baits. Some baits can be easily caught or gathered fresh, such as crabs, mussels and tuatuas. Some can also be bought from the local supermarket. One bait gaining in popularity – and a great alternative to using the harder-to-find crayfish – is prawns.

Is Moki a good eating fish?

Blue moki are a good eating fish prized by southern divers. They have a deep, compressed body, large scales and big, fleshy lips. They are dark blue/grey on top with several dark bands and fade to white on their belly.

Is Red Moki good eating?

Red moki are delish. But they are a reef fish that is very long lived and takes forever to mature and slow breeding. Males are normally solitary but females live in small groups. Hence not a lot target them as there are more easily replaced “feeds” out there.

Where do blue Moki live?

Blue moki are predominately found in the southern areas of NZ, but will sometimes be found lurking in northern waters. While they have been speared from the Three Kings to the southern edge of the Snares Shelf and the Chatham Islands, they do prefer the cooler water temperatures and rocky areas.

What do you do with blue Moki?

Blue moki has firm flesh which holds its shape well when cooked. Bake; casserole; curry; poach; smoke; steam; fry.

Is marble fish edible?

Parore are one of the most common fish found in northern waters. Some people may be surprised to find parore in the non-target species but they are generally not regarded as an eating fish.

Is Parore good eating?

It’s true their flesh can have an ‘earthy’ or ‘weedy’ flavour at times, which isn’t surprising considering they’re largely vegetarian, but in my experience they’re not bad to eat at all – certainly better than trout!

Is Moki good eating?

Eating quality Moki is a superb table fish. Because of its liking to cooler waters up to depths of 100meters, it has a well textured flesh with plenty of fatty content around the skin. It has small dark veins which run through its pink flesh. It is a superb fish to use in a seafood chowder, or simply pan fry.

How do you catch moki in New Zealand?

Firstly, be fishing in the right place where Moki has been caught before – with rock and kelp close by.

Where are the best fishing spots in Wellington?

The old structure around Lion Rock provides some good fishing to the right hand side particularly for blue cod. Pencarrow and Fitzroy Bay are also great areas to get a line out. 4.

What kind of fish live on Wellington Rocks?

Snapper and kingfish are a definite target along with all the other staples: cod of both kinds, kahawai, gurnard, barracouta, moki, sharks etc. However, it has one real bonus in store: land-based terakihi are abundant and easily targeted with a decent cast out on to a sandy bottom.

Where do blue moki fish migrate to in the winter?

Blue Moki migrate each winter up the east coast to spawning grounds off Gisborne. The flesh of blue Moki is a light greyish colour that lightens when cooked. To my taste, it has a stronger flavour than most other fish and is excellent eating.