Monthly Archives: June 2013

Horned Boxfish ( Lactoria cornuta )

horned boxfish

Erwin caught this strange looking fish the other day.  I have seen these diving before around the country but have never caught one on hook and line.

Have you caught something rare or bizarre here in the Philippines?  Send us your pictures and we will post them here for others to see 🙂

 

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Wahoo ( Acanthocybium solandri )

big game fishing luzon

Joshua with his first Wahoo!

Common NameWahoo

Local Name: Tangigue (Tagalog), Tanigue  (Cebuano)

Max Size:  250 cm ( 83 kgs )

Biodiversity: Marine, Pelagic-Oceanic, Oceanodromous

Depth: 0 – 12 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

Wahoo are another one of the popular big game fish here in the Philippines.  They are abundant through out the islands ranging in size from small juveniles to large adults.  Wahoo are often sometimes known as Black Tangigue to distinguish them from the Spanish Mackerel or White Tangigue.  These fish are most often caught while trolling large lures of fresh bait behind a boat.  Wire leaders are a must when fishing for these fish or fishing in a place where these fish may be caught.  They have razor sharp teeth which can easily slice through heavy monofilment and fluorocarbon line.

Joshua caught the Wahoo in the picture above in northern Luzon while trolling.  Notice the beak-like mouth which helps distinguish it from the Spanish Mackerel.

Deep-Bodied Mojarra ( Gerres erythrourus )

Deep-Bodied Mojarra

Latab caught on Mactan Island

Common Name: Silvery Biddy, Mojarra, Bream

Local Name: Malakapas (Tagalog), Latab (Cebuano)

Max Size:  30 cm

Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Reef-Associated, Oceanodromous,  Endemic

Depth: 1 – 40m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

This is a relatively small species of fish that can be caught and hook and line as well as used as a good bait for fishing for larger game fish.  These fish often school around the shoreline and reefs.   You need relatively small hooks to catch this fish as they do have small mouths.  The fish in the picture above was caught on a small shrimp.