Monthly Archives: March 2014

Redbreasted Wrasse ( Cheilinus fasciatus )

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Ed’s wrasse from Maasim

Common Name:   Wrasse

Local Name Mameng (Tagalog); Labayan, Buntogon, Mulmul (Cebuano)

Max Size:  40 cm

BiodiversityMarine, Reef-Associated

Depth:  4 – 60 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  10 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern (LC)


FishRmen Bait and Tackle will be giving away a brand new CRONY Aggress fishing rod to the person who sends in the most impressive photo of a fish caught on their FishRmen Dyneema Braided Line!


Contest Mechanics:

– Picture with a description of the catch, location, time, and bait must be emailed to:

– Fish must be caught using FishRmen Dyneema braided line

–  Fish must have been caught during contest dates

–  Contest open for freshwater, brackish and saltwater caught fish

–  Contests includes both pond caught and wild caught fish

– Photos must include the Angler, Fish, and Reel (with line seen) [See our ex. pic below]

– Multiple entries allowed per person

– Contest time: March 15 – June 15 2014

– Prizes:

1st place = Crony Rod;    [Crony Aggress 6’6” ML 3pcs rod]

2nd place = Dyneema Braid;

3rd place = Fishing Lure

– There is no age limit for this competition

– It is preferred that entries be of fish caught in the Philippines however we will accept entries of fish caught outside the country provided they meet all other criteria




Purple Spotted Big-Eye ( Priacanthus tayenus )

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Mike’s Big-Eye caught in Negros

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500g Bigeye caught near Cebu City

Common Name:   Big-Eye, Glasseye, Bullseye Local Name Mata -Hari, Siga (Tagalog); Baga-Baga, Bukaw-Bukaw, Siga, Dilat (Cebuano) Max Size:  35 cm BiodiversityMarine, Reef-Associated Depth:  20 – 200 m Fishing Season:  All Year Long Minimum Size Limit:  6 inches Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE) This is a species that is commonly seen in the fish markets around the country.  It is a good food fish though they do not grow very large.  Fish belonging to this Family are easy to identify due to their large eyes from which there name comes.  They are mainly a reef associated species and can be caught by anglers fishing around both inshore and offshore reefs.

bukaw fish

The Bigeyes turn a bright red once they die.

Black Snapper ( Lutjanus goldiei )


Nice Black Snapper caught in Mindanao

Common Name:   Snapper, Nuguini Bass, Papuan Snapper, Black Bass

Local Name Maya Maya, Pargo  (Tagalog), Ahaan, Pantahan, Mangagat (Cebuano)

Max Size:  100 cm (19.2 kgs)

BiodiversityMarine, Brackish, Freshwater, Benthopelagic

Depth:  1 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  15 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, small fish and crustaceans; Jigs, lures

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

This species is somewhat rare here in the Philippines.  The more commonly caught snapper when shore fishing are Mangrove Snappers.  The Black Snapper are very similar in look and color to the Mangrove Snapper the main difference however being the black color and yellow trim on the fins.  I have identified this as Lutjanus goldiei however there is a possibility this is another species.

Mark's 3kg Snapper from Dipolog

Mark’s 3kg Snapper from Dipolog


Philippine Rod and Reel Record:

Angler:  Mark Omilig

Location: Dipolog City, Mindanao

Date:  September 24, 2015

Weight: 13 kilograms


Bait:  crab


Yellowmargin Triggerfish ( Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus )

Pseudobalistes flavimarginatus

Triggerfish caught in Batangas

Common Name Triggerfish

Local NamePapakol (Tagalog); Pakol (Bisaya)

Max Size:   60 cm

BiodiversitySaltwater, Reef associated

Depth:  2 – 50 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  shrimp, crabs, shellfish or squid

IUCN Red List Status Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)