Catching Hapuka can be an all-year-round activity. There are various reports as to when the best time is. However, general consensus suggests the best time to catch Hapuka are from winter leading up to spring.
- Size: 70 kilograms - Up to 1.8 metres
- Food Rating: Excellent
- Territory: Offshore
The scientific name for the Hapuka is Polyprion oxygeneiose. Also known as New Zealand Groper.
How to identify a Hapuka
- Heavy body
- Square tailed fin
- Silvery-blue to pinkish-brown
- The mouth extends to the edge of the eye
- Large eyes
Where to Catch Hapuka
The Hapuka fish are usually found in temperate and subtropical water from 30 metres to 800 metres and beyond. They are big eaters and love hunting down other fish species including crustaceans. The juvenile Hapuka which are around 50 cm is pelagic which means they don't live near the shore nor near the bottom. The adult Hapuka can be found in reefs, caverns and caves in shallower water.
The ideal fishing rod setup is a reel that holds at least 500 metres of the 37-kilogram braid. Make sure the rod is powerful. The best time to target Hapuku is around slack water. They favour areas of high current and in many locations, it’s only possible to fish for them over the turn of the tide.
But as is with most fishing times they can vary depending on opinion.
What Do You Need for Fishing in Sydney?
On all our fishing and deep-sea fishing charters in Sydney, all you need to bring are the right clothes depending on the weather conditions. We will supply everything else including bait, fishing rods and reels and fishing licence. At the end of our fishing trip, you get to keep what you catch. We have 3 purpose build fishing vessels that have all the facilities and amenities you require.