Amberjack ( Seriola dumerili )

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Nino’s 7.55kg amberjack caught jigging

Common Name:   Amberjack, Yellowtail, Rock Salmon

Local Name:   Talakitok, Tonto (Tagalog);  Marang, Dorado  (Cebuano)

Max Size:  190 cm (80.2kgs)

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-Associated

Depth:  1 – 360 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  18 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Fish, Squid, Jigs

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This is one of the primary targets of deep water fishermen in the Philippines, these fish are plentiful around the country though they are somewhat difficult to target because of the depth they are usually found.  Sport fishermen target them with heavy deepwater jigs while the traditional way to catch these involves using a large stone as a weight.

Pacific Sea Bream ( Acanthopagrus pacificus )

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Gary’s Bakoko from Pampanga

Common Name:   Sea Bream, Porgie, Grunt

Local Name:  Bakoko, Agoot, Bakokong Moro (Tagalog);  Bunggok,  (Cebuano)

Max Size:  50 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Pelagic-Neritic

Depth:  1 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  8 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

There are quite a few species of fish that are called by the name Bakoko here in the Philippines of which the Pacific Sea Bream is one.  This particular species is primarily found in estuaries and even in rivers in brackish water.  They are not a particularly large fish however they are a heavy set fish and make a good food fish.

  Anglers target these fish mainly with shrimp either live or dead.  This fish is most commonly caught around central Luzon though it is present all throughout the waters of the Philippines.

 

Acanthopagrus pacificus

A good haul from Pampanga

Acanthopagrus pacificus

A good sized Bream caught night fishing in Bacolod

These fish are called Baccucu in Bacolod City.

Armored Sea Robin ( Satyrichthys welchi )

armored gurnard

Common Name:   Sea Robin, Gurnard, Crocodilefish

Local Name ??? (Tagalog);  ??? (Cebuano)

Max Size:  50 cm

BiodiversityMarine, Deep Water, Benthic

Depth:  80 – 228 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  none

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This bizarre looking little bottom feeding fish belongs to the family of sea robins.  These two were caught off Cuaming Island, Bohol while deep bottom fishing.  These fish are edible.

Results from NSFC Fishing Tournament

The Negros Sport Fishing Club organized a Fishing Tournament at the pier in San Carlos City on March 29th, 2014.  Here are the results of the tournament:

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Redbreasted Wrasse ( Cheilinus fasciatus )

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Ed’s wrasse from Maasim

Common Name:   Wrasse

Local Name Mameng (Tagalog); Labayan, Buntogon, Mulmul (Cebuano)

Max Size:  40 cm

BiodiversityMarine, Reef-Associated

Depth:  4 – 60 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  10 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern (LC)

FISHRMEN PHOTO CONTEST 2014!!

FishRmen Bait and Tackle will be giving away a brand new CRONY Aggress fishing rod to the person who sends in the most impressive photo of a fish caught on their FishRmen Dyneema Braided Line!

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Contest Mechanics:

- Picture with a description of the catch, location, time, and bait must be emailed to: benaiah.fogle@gmail.com

- Fish must be caught using FishRmen Dyneema braided line

-  Fish must have been caught during contest dates

-  Contest open for freshwater, brackish and saltwater caught fish

-  Contests includes both pond caught and wild caught fish

- Photos must include the Angler, Fish, and Reel (with line seen) [See our ex. pic below]

- Multiple entries allowed per person

- Contest time: March 15 – June 15 2014

- Prizes:

1st place = Crony Rod;    [Crony Aggress 6'6'' ML 3pcs rod]

2nd place = Dyneema Braid;

3rd place = Fishing Lure

- There is no age limit for this competition

- It is preferred that entries be of fish caught in the Philippines however we will accept entries of fish caught outside the country provided they meet all other criteria

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Purple Spotted Big-Eye ( Priacanthus tayenus )

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Mike’s Big-Eye caught in Negros

Common Name:   Big-Eye, Glasseye, Bullseye

Local Name Mata -Hari, Siga (Tagalog); Baga-Baga, Bukaw-Bukaw, Siga, Dilat (Cebuano)

Max Size:  35 cm

BiodiversityMarine, Reef-Associated

Depth:  20 – 200 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  6 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This is a species that is commonly seen in the fish markets around the country.  It is a good food fish though they do not grow very large.  Fish belonging to this Family are easy to identify due to their large eyes from which there name comes.  They are mainly a reef associated species and can be caught by anglers fishing around both inshore and offshore reefs.

Black Snapper ( Lutjanus goldiei )

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Nice Black Snapper caught in Mindanao

Common Name:   Snapper, Nuguini Bass, Papuan Snapper, Black Bass

Local Name Maya Maya, Pargo  (Tagalog), Ahaan, Pantahan, Mangagat (Cebuano)

Max Size:  100 cm (19.2 kgs)

BiodiversityMarine, Brackish, Freshwater, Benthopelagic

Depth:  1 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  15 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans; Jigs, lures

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This species is somewhat rare here in the Philippines.  The more commonly caught snapper when shore fishing are Mangrove Snappers.  The Black Snapper are very similar in look and color to the Mangrove Snapper the main difference however being the black color and yellow trim on the fins.  I have identified this as Lutjanus goldiei however there is a possibility this is another species.

Yellowmargin Triggerfish ( Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus )

Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus

Triggerfish caught in Batangas

Common Name Triggerfish

Local NamePapakol (Tagalog); Pakol (Bisaya)

Max Size:   60 cm

BiodiversitySaltwater, Reef associated

Depth:  2 – 50 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  shrimp, crabs, shellfish or squid

IUCN Red List Status Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

Wolf Herring ( Chirocentrus sp. )

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Wolf Herring Caught In Pagbilao

Common Name Wolf Herring

Local NameBuan-Buan (miss-identified) (Tagalog); ?? (Bisaya)

Max Size:   146 cm (40+kgs)

BiodiversitySaltwater, Brackish, Reef associated

Depth:  1 – 120 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Small fish or lures

IUCN Red List Status Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This sly predator is quite rare and elusive.  It is often mistaken for a tarpon due to its silvery sides and shape.  It can be distinguished however by its large grotesque fangs and long sardine shaped body.  These can be caught on lures, trolling or with live or dead bait.

There are two main species of Wolf Herring that can be found around the country, the Whitefin and the Blackfin.  We believe this is the Blackfin (nodus) species however we are not sure.

A close-up shot of the wolf herrings fearsome teeth

A close-up shot of the wolf herrings fearsome teeth

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