A decent fishing spot that you can fish at for free here in Cebu City is what I like to call the Carbon Spot. This spot is located very near to the Plaza Independencia Park and Fort San Pedro. It is also at the entrance to the SRP Road which heads south to Talisay City. Here is a map showing the area:
This spot has some pros and cons and I will try to list them here:
It is a Free spot to fish
Has lots of fish, some good size ones too
Is easily accessible and centrally located in the city
There is a guard stationed at the guardhouse which is located at the entrance to the SRP Road
Is near Plaza Independencia and has places to park or catch cabs/jeepneys
You can occasionally rent pump boats from there to take you fishing off the shore
Usually there is some garbage floating in the water
There is often a smell of sewage when the wind blows
Has lots of people (especially kids in summer) who swim there
People from the Carbon market use the sea wall to relieve themselves
There have been cases of robbery in the past down closer to the Carbon Market
There are occasionally fishing nets set not far off from shore as well as occasional spear fishermen
The rocks can be very slippery at low tide
Grouper, Barracuda, Snapper, Eel, Rabbitfish, Giant Trevally, Parrotfish and many more.
You can fish a variety of ways at this spot. The rocks which you fish from slope gradually out into the water, but eventually come to a sandy/mucky bottom. The depth off this spot is not that great with the maximum depth at casting distance being less than 20m. The rocks hold lots of crustaceans, making the best bait to use here live shrimp. If you plan to bottom fish keep in mind that there are many crabs here which destroy your tackle and steal your bait. It is best to keep you bait slightly off the bottom.
A WORD OF CAUTION:
Because the water around this spot is polluted it is advisable NOT to keep and eat any fish caught from this spot. The best thing to do is to catch and release. Ciguatera is present in Cebu waters and can cause poisoning.
OVERALL SPOT RATING:
I rate this spot as a ( 5/10 ). It can provide an enjoyable fishing experience, however the cons do tend to out weigh the pros from time to time. If you have fished this spot please let us know by leaving a comment or sending us an email. You can send us pictures of anything you have caught and give us your rating for this spot.
Catch and Release
Clean up after yourself and don’t leave any garbage behind even if the place is dirty
Here are some photos from one of the times I fished this spot with some friends:
Kayla Holding a Good Size Mangrove Snapper We Caught
Here is a good view of the spot looking towards the south
Size Comparison; The Snapper and a size 9 Islander
1.5kg Snapper hooked on 10lbs JB Line One
The Beautiful Color of the Mangrove Snapper
Good Sized Snapper