Photo before releasing back into stream in SEA 6180. Who know of Kohi Forest/ Allum St Valley Forest?!
With help we netted 27 banded Kokopu size baby to 19 cm, in our backyard stream, part of SEA 6180, Allum Street Valley Forest, or Kohi Forest, 15 mins from CBD Auckland. Question is, are there also eels?
Caught these ayu (sweetfish). In Japan there is a unique way of fishing called tomo-zuri, in which one fish is hooked and lined and made to swim into another male's territory who attacks the hooked fish, hooking himself in the process.
This location caters to this type of fishing, nearby there were aquaculture raised ayu for purchase to use as live lures. In the picture you can see a difference from the natural ayu (two in the back) and the farm raised (in front), notably the spot and mouth coloration.
Giant Kokopu at Kelly Tarlrtons
A black and white mudfish seen under rocks in tidal pools along the shore.
A really big one 25cm approx
Common in the small stream.
A few large giants with banded kokopu, longfin eels and redfin bullies.
Osmeriformes is an order of ray-finned fish that includes the true or freshwater smelts and allies, such as the galaxiids and noodlefishes; they are also collectively called osmeriforms. They belong to the teleost superorder Protacanthopterygii, which also includes pike and salmon, among others. The order's name means "smelt-shaped", from Osmerus (the type genus) + the standard fish order suffix "-formes". It ultimately derives from Ancient Greek osmé (ὀσμή, "pungent smell") + Latin forma ("external form"), the...