Monthly Archives: June 2012

Marcelo Fernan Bridge (Mactan Side)

Here is an easily accessible spot located on Mactan Island:


Well lit Public Park with police outpost

Sizable fishing area

Shade from the bridge

Places to buy drinks and snacks

Free Parking

May species can be caught

Safe place to fish at night


Lots of people

Water often has garbage floating in it that is carried past the bridge by the current

Lots of snags in certain areas ( I lost a lot of gear to those while bait fishing)

Strong currents make bait fishing difficult

Some times marching bands practice in the park ūüėÄ and it is LOUD!


This is a small public park located along the water underneath the Marcelo Fernan Bridge which is one of the two bridges connecting Mactan Island to mainland Cebu.  This park is known as the Philippine Seafarers Memorial Park.  It is located on the Mactan Island side.  It is a decent public fishing spot that costs nothing to enter or fish.  There are often a lot of people here which makes fishing difficult sometimes. The best time to fish is high tide as the water can be quite shallow along the shoreline during low tide.  Big fish have been caught here.  Try bait fishing at night with live shrimp, cut bait or squid and cast out towards the bridge supports in the middle of the channel.  Lure fishing also works well at high tide closer in to shore.


Grouper, Snapper, Eels, Emperors, Trevally, Barracuda, and many more species.


( 6/10 )¬† See the “cons” above for why my rating is not higher.


Be friendly and teach some of the many kids that stand watching you to fish:-)

Bring water

Bring a cooler for bait and drinks

Release anything that is too small

Clean up after yourself even if the area already has garbage.


Lure Fishing Barracuda

A Barracuda I caught on a lure

Mon’s Barracuda caught on a spoon

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One of the many eel or Ubod that can be caught at the bridge


Cuda On The High

Barracuda Fishing Philippines


Went out this morning early after my morning devos. ¬†Spent an hour casting my little pins over near the Carbon Market during high tide. ¬†I hooked this nice barracuda not long after I started to the delight of my self and Gilbert (a tag along from the market). ¬†I learned from Gilbert that barracuda are called Rumpi down here in Cebu. ¬†He told me this one was a “baby” and that fishermen sometimes bring in massive Rumpi when they come back from fishing in the Laud (open ocean). ¬†This one was a fun fish to catch and I donated it to Gilbert because he rescued my little pins from a snag ūüôā


Juvenile Barracuda

Mackerel Tuna ( Euthynnus affinis )

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A good sized Mackerel Tuna caught in Siquijor

Common Name:   Tuna, Kawa Kawa, Bullseye

Local Name:  Tulingan (Tagalog); Barilis, Hasa Hasa (Cebuano)

Max Size:  100 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Pelagic, Oceanodromous

Depth:¬†¬†0 ‚Äď 200¬†m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  12 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Tuna flies, small fish and crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This species of fish is common in large schools off the coast all over the Philippines.  It is usually found quite close to shore where the school feeds on  baitfish.  It is quite a popular fish for local fishermen to target as it is quite abundant, easily caught and fetches a good price in the market.  It has dark flesh that is quite tasty.

Fishermen most often go after this fish with long lines of multiple hooks (sometimes up to 30 or more hooks per line).  Their hooks are relatively small long shank hooks dressed with striped feathers, tinsel, crystallite, or various other materials to create a small pin fish lure.  For those who are familiar fly fishing their dressed hooks look very much like Clouser Minnows.

Siquijor Tuna Photo courtesy of Eric Mark E. Opaon

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Small Tulingan caught off Puerto Galera Mindoro