Finfish bag limits and size restrictions

In Northland there is a combined daily bag limit of 20 of any combination of the following finfish.

NZ Fishing Rules App

The Ministry for Primary Industries recreational fishing app helps you to identify fish species and has information about minimum legal size and area bag limits. There's also a video showing you how to release undersize fish and how to measure and determine the sex of crayfish. Available free from your local app store for Apple and Android or text APP to 9889, or scan the QR Code here.

NZ Fishing Rules App QR code.

Fish species

Minimum
Fish Length (cm)

Blue Cod

30

Blue Moki

40

Bluenose (daily bag limit 5)

Butterfish

35

Elephant fish

Flatfish (except sand flounder)

25

John Dory

Kahawai

Parore

Porae

Red Cod

25

Red Gurnard

25

Red Moki

40

Red Snapper

Rig

Sand Flounder

23

School Shark

Tarakihi

25

Trevally

25

 

In addition to the combined limit, you can take a maximum of:

Fish Species

Minimum
Fish
Length
(cm)

Maximum
daily limit
per person

Eels

6

Grey Mullet

30

Snapper

30

7

 

In addition to the previously mentioned limits you may also take the following:

A combined daily limit of five with no more than three kingfish per person of the following fish:

Fish species

Minimum
Fish Length (cm)

Groper/Hapuka/Bass

Kingfish

75

 

No daily bag limit applies to the following finfish:

Fish species

Minimum
Fish Length (cm)

Garfish (piper)

Pilchard

Yellow eyed mullet

All others

 

Length measurements: Finfish length is measured from the tip of the nose to the rear end of middle ray of the tail fin.

For more information on fishing rules, visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website: www.mpi.govt.nz/fishing-rules