Daily Archives: March 10, 2014

Purple Spotted Big-Eye ( Priacanthus tayenus )

fishing negros

Mike’s Big-Eye caught in Negros

bigeye fish

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.