Ruby Snapper ( Etelis coruscans )
Common Name: Flame Snapper, Longtail Snapper, Longtailed Deepwater Snapper
Local Name: Maya-maya, Tikwi (Tagalog); Sagisihon (Cebuano)
Max Size: 120 cm
Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated, Deep-Water
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: None
Recommended Bait/Lures: Fish, Squid
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)
The Ruby Snapper is one the prized fish found in deep water around the country. These fish can be difficult to catch mainly because of the great depths at which they are found. Anglers fishing for Ruby Snapper and other deepwater species often use electric reels to aid in the retreival of line. Dropping a heavy weight down over 200m takes a long time to reel in and is tiring even when there is no fish on the other end. Braided line is a must when fishing in deep water, called Deep Dropping.
The 27kg monster pictured above was caught very deep with a special winch reel. They used a whole squid as bait and it took quite a while to bring the monster in.