Monthly Archives: September 2013

Naga City Baywalk

A thirty minute drive from downtown Cebu City, the Naga Baywalk is an excellent destination to fish.  This well designed park is easily accessable by public transportation or private vehicle, is open to the public, has no entrance fee, and has much room to fish.


Easily accesable

Free entrance

Food and drinks available

Lots of room to fish

Clean enviromment

Free Parking

Possible boat rentals for fishing from boats

Family Friendly


Limited shade (there are some small trees, that is all)

Pedestrians (watch out for people walking or jogging on the path beside the sea wall)


Needlefish, Crescent Grunters, Jacks, and much more.


This is an excellent bay walk fishing spot.  It is easy to get to and has a lot of room to fish.  There are some places near the water to sit down and eat or have some cold drinks.  The area is very clean and so is the water.


Based on my recent experience fishing at this spot I rate it as a ( 10/10 ).  Though I was not able to land any fish I had multiple strikes on lures and thoroughly enjoyed the fishing experience.  There were large schools of three inch baitfish being cornered  near the rocks that would sporadically jump to escape feeding jacks.  This is a great spot to do some serious fishing or to take the family for the day.


Bring sun protection if you plan on spending time here during the day.  There is limited shade.

Traffic; if you happen to be visiting this spot from Cebu City be aware that the south road can become quite congested around rush hours.

Send us pictures!  If you fish here and catch something send us your photos so we can add to this post.


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Update: Large Snapper Caught

places to fish in Cebu

A View of the Seawall

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Fun for the whole family

A Note On Fish Names In The Philippines

It can be quite difficult and confusing trying to figure out the correct name of a fish you catch here.  Here is a little info on fish names and on why it is such a task;

Linguistic Diversity – The Philippines is a country composed of more than 7,000 islands.  There are 8 major languages spoken throughout the country  (Cebuano, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Waray, and Pangasinan) and there are many distinct dialects of those languages.  Each language and many times dialects have their own and often distinct name for a particular fish.  A Caranx ignobilis (Giant Trevally) is known as a Talakitok to a Tagalog speaking person and as a Mamsa to a Visayan.  Depending on the region you are in when you catch a particular fish you will hear a different name.  We list the English names and the scientific names here on Fishing the Philippines because the names of fish are more standardized.

A Lack of Awareness – Another reason why learning the correct name of a fish can be difficult here is due to the fact that much of the population here knows little of the diversity of fish species found here in the Philippines.  Most people will know the names of the fish they directly come in contact with; Fish they buy to eat or fish raised in ponds or lakes nearby.  That is why one of our goals here on Fishing the Philippines is to show the diversity of species found here and to teach an awareness and appreciation for these fish.

Incorrect Naming – Another problem when determining a fish’s name here is when people tell you what they think the fish is.  Often this means that you will be getting the name of a fish that this fish reminds the person of.  We have found that local fishermen and fish vendors are able to give the more accurate names of fish species found in various regions.

Introduced Species – This creates a unique problem as well because these fish do not have local names.  The local communities create names for these fish which can also lead to confusion.  The name Black Mass or Black Mask is a name used in parts of Laguna to refer to the Largemouth Bass (a species introduced to some lakes from America).  It however is also used for some invasive species of carp such as bighead carp and silver carp.


Our task – Fishing the Philippines was started because we noticed a lack of information when it came to fish and fishing here in the Philippines.  Our goal is to teach conservation and appreciation of the wealth that we have teaming in the water here in the Philippines.


How you can help –  If you know the local names of the fish we post please let us know.  We would like our site to be a comprehensive resource for sport fishing and you can help be a part of that.  Also feel free to contribute to our fish species list.  You can do that by sending us pictures and information about fish you have caught here.  We are also glad to promote and share information regarding fishing events, conservation projects and other educational programs involving fish.


Lizardfish ( Synodontidae family )

synodontidae sp.

a beautiful lizardfish caught bottom fishing

This is a family of fish common throughout the islands here that is often considered a pest.  They are often caught when other larger and more sporting fish are being targeted.  These fish rest on the seafloor on sandy bottoms, rock, coral or weeds and ambush smaller fish that wander too near them.  Lizard fish are generally quite small however some species do grow larger.  It is most common to catch these fish when fishing with minnow like lures, spoons or jigs, or live/dead bait.   They strike at lures with ferocious speed and on the initial strike give the impression that they are a larger fish. Be careful handling these fish because their little teeth are quite sharp.  Here in Cebu these fish are known as Tikitiki or Tuko.  They have little value as a food fish but they do make an ok bait.

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These fish do look very much like lizards