Category Archives: Boatmen

Boatman near Tamaraw Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro

I met a local fisherman by the name of Tatay Lucio who was willing to take me out fishing with him.

I paid for the gas, which was 200 pesos and that lasted us all morning.  Lucio uses a long hand line to catch tuna, mackerel and any other fish partolling the ocean.  He knows how to troll lures and so after showing me how he fishes, we trolled my rapala.  We did not have much luck that day, only catching a small tulingan.  

If you happen to be visiting Tamaraw Beach in Puerto Galera, Mindoro, and are looking to do some fishing you can contact Tatay Lucio via his daughter Haide’s cell at: 09994118923  Tell him you heard about him from Ben the ‘Cano, who fished with him.  He does not speak that much English but does understand a lot.

I learned that he also builds and sells Banka Boats, so if you live in Puerto and are looking for someone to build or sell you a boat you can contact him.

He most often goes tuna (yellowfish, bonito, skip-jack) fishing with his long line (300 meters, 35 hooks) and he told me the most he caught on his long line at one time was 10.  He also has a could home made lures and a rapala which he trolls for Wahoo Tangigue.  The largest fish he has caught he said weighed 30 kilos 🙂  When conditions are right he goes fishing for mackerel tulingan like the one we caught with a smaller line and hooks.


Mahi Mahi in Laiya, Batangas

Went fishing last week with friends JR and Ceejay in Laiya.  We fished the afternoon and used the same bait and tactics that I used on my last trip; fresh squid (pusit bisaya) double hooked, and trolled with no weight around bouys.  On the fourth buoy we cricled I hooked this 5.2kg  (11. 1/2 lb)  female mahi mahi (dorado).  She put up a great fight and went airborne a couple of times.  After her we only had a couple small bites.  Still, a fun successful trip on a beautiful tuesday afternoon.

For any of you guys interested in trying dorado fishing, you can contact Mang Roger our boatman.  He lives in Laiya and has a couple boats there.  He is a good fisherman and knows the water there, how to fish it, how to rig gear, and how to teach first timers how to bring in dorado.  Tell him you got his number from Ben the “cano” 🙂

His cell numbers are:  09182304537 -or-   09083030740

Here is a link to the IGFA’s page on Dorado :