Orange-Spotted Grouper ( Epinephelus coioides )
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: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=403781519673984&set=a.403781493007320.111026.400055840046552&type=3&theater
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.