FTP Magazine 2017 issue!

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Cruising Snapper

Was able to capture this rare shot on my gopro of a good size snapper cruising around the shallows. ¬†I noticed that these predators usually have a territory that they stick to. ¬†Unlike groupers and some other predators these snapper are constantly moving, swimming back and forth, patrolling. ¬†Enjoy the rare capture ūüôā

Spearfishing Gear Philippines

Gray Eel Catfish ( Plotosus canius )

Philippine Record fish

Gray Eel Catfish Philippines

Common Name:  Eel Catfish

Local Name:  Ito, Patuna (Tagalog);  Ito (Cebuano) , Alimusan (Hiligaynon)

Max Size:  150 cm (15 kgs)

Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater (endemic)

Depth:¬†Surface ¬†‚Äst??

Fishing Season:  All Year Long (best time: March РMay)

Minimum Size Limit:   None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish, worms, Squid

IUCN Red List Status:  (NE) Not Evaluated

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Philippines Rod and Reel Record:

Angler:  Bobby Replente (picture above)

Location:  Bacolod City, Negros

Date:  March, 2016

Weight:   4.5 kgs

Bait:  Squid

Largemouth Bass ( Micropterus salmoides )

 

Micropterus salmoides

Large Mouth Bass

Common Name:  Bass, Black Bass, LMB

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

Max Size:  97 cm (10.1 kgs)

Biodiversity: Freshwater (introduced)

Depth:¬†Surface ¬†‚Äst7 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  12 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish, worms, lures

IUCN Red List Status:  (LC) Least Concern

Largemouth Bass were introduced into the Philippines at the turn of the century by Americans who wanted to propagate a sport and food fish in the islands.  The bass were successfully stocked into lakes Lumot and Caliraya, two hydroelectric reservoirs in Laguna.  Later bass were also seeded in the Pantabangan reservoir in Nueva Escija.

Bass have done well in the country though confined mainly to these three lakes.  They remain a top angling species for anglers on the island of Luzon.

Due to the challenging terrain around all three reservoirs, most angler fish for bass from boats.  Bass can be caught all year round though the best time of year to fish for them are the months of March to May.

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Philippines Record:

(This is the largest largemouth bass caught in the Philippines on rod and reel that FTP has received record of to date.  If you know of one larger please contact us.)

4.58 kgs  Caught in Pantabangan Reservoir, Nueva Escija in 2007 by Annie Gonzales.

philippine record 4.62 kg bass

 

Rock Flagtail ( Kuhlia rupestris )

kuhlia rupestris

A small Jungle Perch Caught on a lure.

Common Name:  Flagtail, Jungle Perch, Rockmountain Bass, Mountain Trout, Buffalo Bream

Local Name:  Damagan (Tagalog); Damagan (Cebuano)

Max Size:  45 cm (2.7 kgs)

Biodiversity: Freshwater, Brackish

Depth:¬†Surface ¬†‚Äď 5 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish, worms, other small crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  (LC) Least Concern

The Rock Flagtail are a somewhat rare species here in the Philippines generally found in clear fast flowing streams that feed into the sea.  Most Flagtail that can be found in these streams are generally small in size however this species can grow to an impressive size.  The many different common names of this species tell of its uniqueness.  This species is probably the most similar in terms of feeding pattern, location and size to western species like trout, smallmouth bass, and perch.  Because of this, Jungle Perch make a good target species for fly fishermen and ultra light tackle fishermen.

philippine record jungle perch

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Philippines Rod and Reel Record:

Angler:  Luigi Beja

Location:  Taguanao River, Mindanao

Date:  December 17, 2016

Weight:   2.1 kgs

Bait:  Lure

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FTP Newsletter

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Have you enjoyed following our website?  Starting soon we will be adding a newsletter to our site which we will be emailing quarterly to anyone interested in additional infomation about fishing in the Philippines.  We plan to feature various fish species, fishing techniques and destinations around the country as well as add some additional tips and tricks. There will also be a brag board where we post photos from our followers from that quarter.

If you would like to receive the FTP (Fishing The Philippines) newsletter, please let us know via email at:

Benaiah.fogle@gmail.com

We welcome your comments suggestions and involvement in our website as we seek to promote sport fishing in the Philippines and teach the next generation how we can preserve and enjoy our waters and what’s in them!

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White Spotted Grouper ( Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus )

Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus

Common Name:  Grouper, Rockcod,

Local Name:  Lapu Lapu (Tagalog),  Pugapo (Cebuano)

Max Size:  76 cm 

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated,

Depth:¬† 2 ‚Äď 65 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:    12 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, Squid, fish or cut bait;  jigs

IUCN Red List Status:   Not Evaluated (NE)

Dipolog City Fishing Ordinance

 

FTP would like to highlight progress in the country that is being made to protect the waters of the country as well as to promote sport fishing.¬† Dipolog City in Mindanao¬†is making great progress in this area.¬† One such step forward was the passing a Barangay ordinance in the city’s central Barangay that established a 100 meter No Net Zone around the city’s breakwater.¬† The breakwater is one of Dipolog’s prime sport fishing destinations where anglers can catch many species of saltwater and brackish water fish.¬† Among these are the elusive Freshwater Snapper, known locally as Tandungan, Black Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Rabbitfish, Tarpon¬†along with many others.¬† The breakwater sits at the mouth of the¬†Dipolog River and is under the jurisdiction of the city’s central barangay.

This ordinance was passed in 2006 while Angler and Tackle shop Owner Kenny Ong was the Barangay Captain.  The ordinance not only protects the anglers breakwater but also serves to minimize conflict between anglers and net fishermen.  Since its passing in 2006 this ordinance has been enforced and the breakwater has been protected against illegal net fishing within its 100 meter no net zone.  Because of this the Dipolog Breakwater has continued to be a prime sport fishing spot with the many Dipolog Anglers having caught prize fish since the establishment of the ordinance.

Steps like this are invaluable to the sport fishing community here in the Philippines as they help protect and promote healthy fishing practices.   FTP would like to see more anglers partner with LGUs around the country to implement and enforce initiatives like this one.  Hopefully in the near future anglers together with the LGUs can enforce such laws as the no electrofishing law in streams and rivers, as well as begin initiatives like a fish stocking programs to help increase the number of gamefish in rivers and lakes throughout the country.  We hope that this will be an inspiration to you and also remind you that you can make a difference.

Do you know of any similar ordinances or work that is going on in your area?  Let us know and we will highlight it and bring more awareness!

Below are attached copies of the documents for those interested in reading more on this:

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Starry Triggerfish ( Abalistes stellatus )

starry triggerfish

Common Name: Triggerfish

Local Name: Papakol, Pakoy (Tagalog); Pugot, Tikos, Pakol (Bisaya)

Max Size: 60 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-Associated

Depth:¬†40 ‚Äst100 meters

Fishing Season: All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit: None

Recommended Bait/Lures: Shrimp, crabs, other small crustaceans, sand worms

IUCN Red List Status Status: Not Evaluated (NE)

The Starry Triggerfish is yet another beautifully patterned triggerfish species found around the Philippines.  This species is common around sandy and muddy bottoms along the coast as well as around reefs.  These fish like other species of trigger fish make a good meal once you peal away their thick skin.  The beautiful pattern on this species also makes it appealing as an aquarium fish.

This fish pictured above was caught by Steve while jigging around Cebu City.

Doublebar Goatfish ( Parupeneus bifasciatus )

spearfishing cebu

Common Name:  Goatfish,

Local Name:  Manitis (Tagalog); Timbungan (Cebuano)

Max Size:  35 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-associated

Depth: 1 ‚Äď 80 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, crabs, worms, other small crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status Status:  Not Listed

Here is another species of Goatfish found throughout the Philippine Islands.  Goatfish are a sought after food fish due to their white flesh. Fish like this are said to be good for people who are sick. The fish above was speared at night in Catmon, Cebu.