Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Carbon Spot

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.


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.


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:

Managat Cebu

Kayla Holding a Good Size Mangrove Snapper We Caught

Here is a good view of the spot looking towards the south

fishing cebu

Size Comparison; The Snapper and a size 9 Islander

1.5kg Snapper cebu

1.5kg Snapper hooked on 10lbs JB Line One

Pins Minnow Medium Runner victim

The Beautiful Color of the Mangrove Snapper

cebu city fishing

Good Sized Snapper

Sunset Snapper

Had around 30mins free this evening to fish.  Grabbed my light lure casting set-up (Shimano Sedona 2500, 10lbs JB Braid, 5′ Lemax rod and pins minnow)and headed over to the Carbon spot as the sun began to set.  Plan was to be in and out in 30mins and be back before dark.  I was followed by a small crowd of fans for the first 20 mins, but they all left as sun was about to set.  In the 10mins after they left I hooked this nice 1/2kg Mangrove Snapper and missed strikes from two others.  This fish was caught at extreme low tide. I was a bit surprised that they would still be biting with the tide way out.

Fishing Spot Cebu Philippines

1/2kg Mangrove Snapper (Managat)

Shell Island, Cebu

Fishing Spots Cebu

Here is another fishing spot here in Cebu 🙂  This pic was taken from the Carbon Spot looking out across the channel.  The side of this island that can be seen in this picture has a pier that sits on the edge of the deeper part of this channel.  There are many fish to be caught from the pier.  The back side of this island faces Cordova and is all tidal flats.


Snapper on Rainy Saturday

Fished for about an hour this morning and hooked this nice Mangrove Snapper.  These are quite common here around Cebu and are good fun to catch.

Snapper Philippines Lures

1kg Snapper

Lure Fishing Cebu

Beautiful Colors of Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove Snapper Fishing

Cebu Managat

Rod: CRONY Galaxy 7ft Medium action

Reel: Shimano Sedona 2500

Line: Jerry Brown Line One Spectra 10lbs

Lure: Pins Minnow Medium Runner (Yellow Flash Color)