Kingfish (Seriola grandis), or haku of the Maoris, is an excellent sporting fish which readily takes a spinner and puts up a lively fight. It grows up to 4 ft in length with a weight of up to 100 lb. It somewhat resembles a trevally, but has a thicker, more rounded body and is more elongated. The colouring is greenish blue above and silvery white below. Fresh kingfish is rather dry and flavourless, but canning improves the flavour.
by Arthur William Baden Powell, Assistant Director, Auckland Institute and Museum.