Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus)

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Mangrove Snapper caught in Cebu

This beautiful species is common all through out the Philippines and is an excellent gamefish and food fish.  They can be found patrolling water near rocky shorelines and they can also be caught offshore. They are known in the Tagalog speaking regions as Pargo or Maya Maya.  Cebuanos call this fish Mangagat.  They can be caught on lures (this one was taken on a floating minnow lure), shrimp, squid, dead bait, cut bait and more.   They put up a great fight when hooked.

This one was caught in Cebu near the Carbon Market on a Yo-Zuri Pins Minnow.

Here are some more pictures of the fish:

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Caught on Jerry Brown Line One Braid

Here is the fish with some of the kids who followed me around 🙂

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1kg + Snapper

Here is the Fish Base page on Mangrove Snappers :

Feel free to leave comments or other info about this fish or fishing for them.

Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson)

This is a very popular gamefish here in the Philippines which I have not yet caught.  This is Chito with his 11+ lbs Spanish Mackerel.  This fish was taken on a large trolling spoon trolled from a Pump Boat or Banka.

Chito’s Tanigue

These fish (and various other related species) are known throughout the Philippines as Tanigue or Tangingue.  They are sought mainly by trolling lure such as; large spoons, large Rapala-like minnow lures, Squid Skirts, live bait, dead bait, and various other lures.

These Macs can grow quite large, up to 30+kgs, though most caught around the Philipines are around 2-10kgs.  They lurk near reefs, and other structure and feed on smaller fish and squid.

Good times for trolling for these fish are at sunrise and sunset as that is when they are most active.

When fishing for Tanigue be sure to use a heavy mono (or fluoro) leader 0r a steal leader as these fish have razor sharp teeth.


Here is a link to the Fish Base page on this species:

Black Spotted Emperor ( Lethrinus harak )

Blackspot Emperor

Common NameBream, Emperor

Local Name:  Bitilya (Tagalog);  Alumang Katambak, Agngan (Cebuano)

Max Size50 cm

Biodiversity: Marine; Brackish; Reef-associated; Non-migratory

Depth: 1 – 20+ meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

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

IUCN Red List Status StatusNot Listed

Lethrinus harak

Wayne’s emperor from Romblon

The boys with their prize

Below are two pictures of two good size Black Spot Emperors caught in Puerto Galera while surf fishing.

Lethrinus harak

Navotas Mamale Fishing

A popular place to fish near Manila which I have not yet had the privilege of trying is Navotas.  It located north of Manila on Manila Bay and it is a popular destination for anglers search for such species as Threadfin Salmon (mamale), Trevally or Jacks (talakitok), Oxeye Tarpon ( ), Ladyfish (bid bid), and many other species.   Below are some of the fish caught by Myke during a recent trip there:

Navotas Fishing

Myke’s Navotas Haul

For anglers interested in fishing Navotas check out the link here to the Navotas Anglers Facebook page.  You can see recent pictures of fish caught, connect with other anglers that fish Navotas and even plan a trip.  Look for “Syark” in the group as he organizes the Navotas boatmen.

From what I hear angler who frequent these waters have good luck with skip bunnies/hairclips, spoons, poppers, and other lures.  Please feel free to email me to add info if you know more about Navotas fishing.  I have not yet done it as we have transferred back to Cebu now, so any additional info I can put up here is appreciated.

Juvenile Sphyraena Barracuda

Barracuda at Porter

I believe this is a juvenile sphyraena Barracuda, or Great Barracuda.  There are many of these in the water around Porter and they are quick to inspect and sometimes bite just about anything that is thrown in the water.  They tend to be a bit cautious so it is not uncommon to fish porter all day and have these cud’s chase your lures all day, but stop just before striking.  Sometimes you fish the whole day and only get one fish.  There are some big one here and I have heard of a friend catching one here around 5kgs.

Blackchin Tilapia ( Sarotherodon melanotheron )


Common NameTilapia,

Local NameGloria, Tilapiyang Arroyo (Tagalog),  ?? (Cebuano)


Max Size:  28 cm 

Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater

Depth:  1 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:    none

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Masa (dough bait), Algae, worms

IUCN Red List Status:   Not Evaluated (NE)

This is a species of Tilapia native to Africa that was introduced into the waters of the Philippines by unknown means presumably for use in the aquaculture industry. BFAR denies any knowledge of the species introduction and has classified this fish as a invasive exotic species.  It is a unique tilapia species due to its ability to tolerate high salinity.  It can be found in many places around the Philippines where it has become well established and even a potential threat.  Manila Bay and Bataan are two place where these fish have taken over.  This fish is also present in Cebu City.

The local names of this species; Gloria and Tilapiyang Arroyo, are attributed to a former president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  The Blackchin’s small size is compared to the former presidents petite size, and the black spots on the snout of the fish are compared to a prominent mole on her face.

Gloria can be caught by anglers using bait, which makes them useful for the fishing community. Though they are small in size, often only reaching 4 inches, they can still be utilized as a food fish.  Anglers are encouraged not to release these fish if they catch them and instead to eat them or dispose of them in another way.  Some anglers also use small Gloria for bait for larger fish in both saltwater and freshwater.