Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pangasius Catfish ( Pangasianodon hypophthalmus )



Common Name:  Pangasius, Creme Dory, Striped Catfish, Swai, Hammerhead

Local Name:  Kanduli (Tagalog – incorrect);  Creme Dory (Cebuano)

Max Size:  130 cm (44 kgs)

Biodiversity:  Freshwater, Introduced,

Depth:  0 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:   none

Recommended Bait:  Doughbait

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern (LC)

Creme Dory Fish

CJ’s Pangasius

Here is a fine 3kg specimen of the Pangasius Catfish, also known as Creme Dory, Pangasius, Hammerhead Shark(in the aquarium trade) and Iridescent Shark.  These catfish were introduced allegedly in 1982 from Thailand where they are native as a food fish and an ornamental fish.  This fish was mainly found in the aquarium trade before, but more recently has been raised in ponds as a food fish.  Currently there are pangasius breeders in Laguna and Pampanga breeding these fish on a large scale.  These fish are known to be present in Taal Lake, Tadlac Lake, Laguna Lake, and many other ponds, lakes and rivers in around the country.  They can grow to a maximum size of 130cm weighing up to 44kgs.  This one pictured above was caught in a private pond.  These fish frequently take dough balls, bread and other baits made from plant material.

Goldlined Spinefoot ( Siganus guttatus )

Goldlined Spinefoot

Kitong caught in Cebu

This fish is known locally as Kitong.  It can be found around reefs and shorelines all over the country.  They have very small mouths with very sharp teeth which make catching them on hooks difficult.  This one was taken while using banana as bait.  It was snagged as it nibbled on the large piece of the banana.  These are also known as Samaral fish and are delicious when grilled.

rabbitfish philippines

The kitong and the rig used to catch it.


Horse Mackerel ( Megalaspis cordyla )

Torpedo Scad

CJ and JR’s Tanigue

Here are CJ and JR’s three Horse mackerel or Torpedo Scad which they caught while trolling small Rapala lures around the reefs of Laiya.  This species was called Tanigue by the locals, because there is little differentiation between species of mackerel like fish.  These fish are schooling pelagics and are commonly caught around 20-30 cm in size.  These fish can grow up to 80cm and weigh around 4kgs.

Longrakered Trevally ( Ulua mentalis )

Talakitok Subic fishing

Serbi’s Talakitok From Subic

Common Name:   Jack, Trevally, Kingfish,

Local Name  Talakitok, Piaka (Tagalog),  Samin-Samin, Talakitok (Cebuano)

Max Size:   100 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-Associated,

Depth:  1 – 50+ m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

Recommended Bait:  Shrimp, Fish, Squid;

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

Here is a Longrakered Trevally or Cale Trevally caught by Serbi near Subic Bay while trolling some Rapalas.  This is one of many species of fish known here in the Philippines as Talakitok (in Tagalog) or Mamsa (in Cebuano).  These fish patrol reef edges all over around the country.

Orange-Spotted Grouper ( Epinephelus coioides )

orange sppot grouper

Common Name:  Grouper

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

Max Size:  120 cm (15kgs)

Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Reef Associated

Depth: 1 – 100 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  12 inches

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

IUCN Red List Status:  Near Threatened (NT)

Here is a Orange Spotted Grouper caught by Tony here in Cebu at Porter Marina while fishing the pond.  This is one of the common species of grouper or Lapu Lapu that can be caught here.  This species is know by different names in English including; Orange Spotted Grouper, Green Grouper and  Estuary Cod.  Here is Cebu and around the rest of the Philippines this species and all of the Epinephalus Spp. are known only as Lapu Lapu.  According to Fish Base the max published size of this species is 120cm and 15kgs.  These fish are often caught along rocky shore line, from piers or around reefs.

Tony caught this fish on a Pins Minnow Medium Runner (Sardine Color) which he got from our online store.  Here is a link to that if you are interested:

These fish feed on shrimp, small fish and crabs.  The favorite bait for this species is live shrimp.  They also take lures (as seen above) jigs and more.  If you happen to be fishing along the coastline near  mangroves, rocks, piers or reefs there is a good chance you will catch some of these.

An Eel Surf Fishing

surf fishing cebu  Here is an eel I caught surf fishing recently that I have not yet identified.  It is known locally here in Cebu as Ubod, though smaller ones are called Bakasi.  I caught this 4 footer on a piece of squid while fishing on  the bottom with a paternoster rig.  These are quite common down here and can grow up to 6 ft plus.

Chocolate Hind ( Cephalopholis boenak )

Lapu Lapu fishing Cebu   I caught this fish today on a small piece of squid while fishing from the rocks along the Northern Section of the SRP near the Malacanang Sa Sugbu building. I caught this and an eel which I will post later.  This species is often mistaken for Lapu Lapu or Grouper.  Here in Cebu this is known as Pugapo (pronounced; pu-GA-po).  It is actually a Hind. These can grow to 20 or 30cm though most that are caught are less than 20cm.  These fish are edible and taste similar to lapu lapu.  These are quite common and abundant along rocky shorelines as well as around reefs.  These fish can be caught in depths from around 1ft to 100ft.

Shadow Trevally ( Carangoides dinema )

Carangoides dinema

JR’s Talakitok from Laiya

Here is a nice sized Talakitok or trevally caught by JR in Laiya, Batangas while fishing with renowned captain and fisherman Mang Roger.  Trevally are normally caught around the reefs of Laiya on live shrimp.  I believe this is a shadow trevally.  This is one of the many species of reef associated fish that can be caught here in the Philippines.

Giant Snakehead ( Channa micropeltes )

toman fishing philippines


Common NameSnakehead, Toman,

Local NameToman (Tagalog), Toman (Cebuano)

Max Size:  130 cm ( 20 kgs )

BiodiversityFreshwater,  Introduced

Depth:  1 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  15 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Fish, Frog lures, Spinnerbaits, and more

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern (LC)

This is the largest species of Snakehead which has been imported via the aquarium trade to the Philippines from the Thai Peninsula. The Giant Snakehead or Toman is know to grow up to 1 meter in length and almost 20 kilos in weight.  These fish have been released into various lakes, ponds and waterways here in the Philippines as a gamefish and are thriving.  They are fished for with spinnerbaits, frogs, crank baits and more.  The main destinations for these fish are Lakeshore, a small lake in Mexico, Pampanga and also the Aulo Dam near Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija.  These fish can also be found in various other ponds and bodies of water around the country.


Here is another photo of Sonny with a nice 1kg Toman caught in a pond in Laguna:

Giant Snakehead Laguna

Sonny’s Giant Snakehead

Trout Sweetlips ( Plectorhinchus pictus )

Plectorhinchus pictus

Dan’s Trout Sweetlips

Common NameSweetlips

Local Name:  Alatan, Labian, Kayubibi (Tagalog); Lipti(Cebuano)

Max Size:  83 cm (6.9 kgs)

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-associated

Depth: 20 – 200 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit12 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, Squid, small fish

IUCN Red List Status StatusNot Listed

Sweetlips are a species of fish common around the country.  They are most often found around reefs and wrecks swimming in schools often with other fish.  They can be identified by their grayish silver color along with their small black spots found on their backs and tails.  The species is known as sweetlips because of the large rubbery lips around the mouth.

The IGFA does not have a record listed for the Trout Sweetlips that I am aware of.  If you catch a good sized one look into submitting it as a IGFA record 🙂

Dan here caught this good sized  Trout Sweetlips while fishing at the Alava Pier in Subic Bay.  He used whole squid as bait and fished on the bottom with a two hook rigs.

Here is a link to the FishBase page on this species: