Daily Archives: June 8, 2011

Checkered Snapper (Lutjanus decussatus)

bangalaw fish

Checkered Snapper caught off Mactan Island

Common Name:  Snapper

Local Name: ??  (Tagalog), Bangalaw (Bisaya)

Max Size:  35 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated

Depth:  2 – 35 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit10 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small lures, spoons

IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern (LC)

snapper species

Wayne’s Checkered Snapper from Romblon

The checkered snapper is another of the small snapper species found often along the coastlines of the Philippines.  Like other snapper species they are a good food fish.   They can be caught on a variety of lures and bait typically around reefs and and rocky coastlines.

Here is a plump little Checkered Snapper caught in Puerto Galera, Mindoro.  This was caught from the shore on a small silver minnow lure.

Cigar Wrasse ( Cheilio inermis )

Cheilio inermis  Here is a Cigar Wrasse that was caught in Puerto Galera, Mindoro.  It was caught on a silver minnow lure from the shore.   This species an be found patrolling reefs, weed bed, and sand coastlines all around the country.  It can be taken on various tackle including but not limited to live  shrimp, crabs and minnows, as well as lures, jig and soft plastics.  These fish put up great fights for their size.

Tripletail Wrasse (Cheilinus trilobatus)

Common NameWrasse

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

Max Size:  45 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated, Brackish

Depth: 1 – 30 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit10 inches

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

Here is a nice little fish I caught in Puerto Galera Mindoro while surf fishing from the beach.  I caught this using a peice of a ghost crab below a bobber.  It put up a good fight.  It was around 11 inches long.  These fish can be found all over the Philippines around reefs.

Tapiroid Grunter (Mesopristes cancellatus)

mesopristes cancelatus

Cross Barred Grunter

Common Name:   Grunter, Cross-Barred Grunter

Local Name:  Pigek (Tagalog);  Pigok (Cebuano)

Max Size:  30 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater, Amphidromous

Depth:  1 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  April to September, December

Minimum Size Limit:  6 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  small shrimp, worms, insects

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern(LC)

The Pigek is a somewhat rare species to catch around the country.  It is a highly sought after food fish and usually has a high market price.  They are caught mainly in freshwater rivers where they migrate to spawn.  These fish are not large however can grow to be quite portly reaching weights of up to 1kg.  Because they can be found in clear freshwater rivers and feed on small shrimp, insects and worms Pigek make a good species for fly fishermen to target.  They are known to travel as much as 10km up streams.


Pigek caught in the Kawasan River, Cebu

A large pigek from Butuan City, Mindanao

A large pigek from Butuan City, Mindanao

pigok fish

Note the extended upper jaw and thick fleshy lips

Update:  According to my friend Chito in Butuan City, this fish is seasonal and can be caught in nets of on tackle.  It spawns in estuaries and is highly valued for its delicious meat.  It can fetch up to 500.oo php per kilo in some places.  Its oil is also apparently used in some musk perfume.

Duct Tape Boat

These Photos are for all who enjoy creativity, building things and the water.  This is my ductape boat that I made in a week and have sucessfully sailed on Lake Lumot: