Category Archives: Mackerel (Tangigue)

Longnosed Lancetfish ( Alepisaurus ferox )

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Common Name:   Lancetfish, Handsaw Fish, Wolffish 

Local Name  Tokey, Diwit, Aswang (Tagalog); ?? (Cebuano)

Max Size:  215 cm (9 kgs)

Biodiversity:  Marine, bathypelagic, oceanodromous  

Depth:  1 – 1900 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:   none

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Fish, Squid

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

Lancetfish are a unique strange looking fish that are capable of handling great extremes in pressure and temperature.  They are able to feed at the surface all the way down to almost 2000 meters.  They can also be found from the tropical seas all the way to the arctic.  Their diet consists mainly of squid and fish and they are primarily a nocturnal fish.   They resemble both Snake mackerel and Scabbardfish however they have noticeable differences than both.

  The fish in these pictures was caught at around 300 meters depth off Paluan, Mindoro Island by Doc and was 3.8 kilos.  He described the fish as having soft skin, two inch long long teeth and being called Tokey or Tukey by the locals there.  They caught this fish while deep sea fishing for large squid.

longnosed lancetfish

Alepisaurus ferox

wolf fish

The ferocious teeth of the Lancetfish



Oilfish ( Ruvettus pretiosus )

Ruvettus pretiosus

Big Oilfish Caught by Josh in Siargao

Common NameOilfish

Local Name: ?? (Tagalog); Penahon (Cebuano)

Max Size:  300 cm (63.5 kgs)

Biodiversity: Marine, Benthopelagic, Oceanodromous

Depth100 – 800 meters

Fishing Season: None

Minimum Size Limit:   None

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Fish (cutbait or whole) , squid

IUCN Red List Status StatusNot Listed

This species is a deepwater species related to the Snoek (Snake Mackerel). These are relatively rare to see around the country due to the depth at which they live.  These fish are called oilfish due to the high oil content of their flesh. They are edible and delicious however eating large quantities of this fish’s flesh causes a laxative effect which can be quite disturbing.  It is recommended that if you eat this fish that you don’t eat very much.


Another Shot of Josh’s Oilfish

Black Snoek ( Thyrsitoides marleyi )

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Black Snoek caught in Batangas

Common Name:  Snoek, Snake Mackerel, Blacksail Snake Mackerel, Barracauta

Local Name: Tanigueng Aswang (Tagalog), ??? (Cebuano)

Max Size200cm ( 6kgs kgs )

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated, Oceanodromous

Depth: Surface  – 400 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

Anthony caught this bizarre fish on August 25, 2013 while deep water jigging. Apparently these fish takes good when fried.  Snoek are deep water fish that often migrate too the surface at night to feed.  They are normally found in school and feed on a variety to small fish and crustaceans.  They put up a good fight and apparently often swim straight down or up during the fight.

Wahoo ( Acanthocybium solandri )

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Joshua with his first Wahoo!

Common NameWahoo

Local Name: Tangigue (Tagalog), Tanigue  (Cebuano)

Max Size:  250 cm ( 83 kgs )

Biodiversity: Marine, Pelagic-Oceanic, Oceanodromous

Depth: 0 – 12 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size LimitNone

Wahoo are another one of the popular big game fish here in the Philippines.  They are abundant through out the islands ranging in size from small juveniles to large adults.  Wahoo are often sometimes known as Black Tangigue to distinguish them from the Spanish Mackerel or White Tangigue.  These fish are most often caught while trolling large lures of fresh bait behind a boat.  Wire leaders are a must when fishing for these fish or fishing in a place where these fish may be caught.  They have razor sharp teeth which can easily slice through heavy monofilment and fluorocarbon line.

Joshua caught the Wahoo in the picture above in northern Luzon while trolling.  Notice the beak-like mouth which helps distinguish it from the Spanish Mackerel.

Horse Mackerel ( Megalaspis cordyla )

Torpedo Scad

CJ and JR’s Tanigue

Here are CJ and JR’s three Horse mackerel or Torpedo Scad which they caught while trolling small Rapala lures around the reefs of Laiya.  This species was called Tanigue by the locals, because there is little differentiation between species of mackerel like fish.  These fish are schooling pelagics and are commonly caught around 20-30 cm in size.  These fish can grow up to 80cm and weigh around 4kgs.

Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson)

This is a very popular gamefish here in the Philippines which I have not yet caught.  This is Chito with his 11+ lbs Spanish Mackerel.  This fish was taken on a large trolling spoon trolled from a Pump Boat or Banka.

Chito’s Tanigue

These fish (and various other related species) are known throughout the Philippines as Tanigue or Tangingue.  They are sought mainly by trolling lure such as; large spoons, large Rapala-like minnow lures, Squid Skirts, live bait, dead bait, and various other lures.

These Macs can grow quite large, up to 30+kgs, though most caught around the Philipines are around 2-10kgs.  They lurk near reefs, and other structure and feed on smaller fish and squid.

Good times for trolling for these fish are at sunrise and sunset as that is when they are most active.

When fishing for Tanigue be sure to use a heavy mono (or fluoro) leader 0r a steal leader as these fish have razor sharp teeth.


Here is a link to the Fish Base page on this species:

Double-Lined Mackerel in Laiya

Last monday a friend from the Marshall Islands and I went out trolling in Laiya, Batangas.

Double Lined Mackerel

This Double-Lined mackerel (called a Tangigue by the local guys) took this 11cm blue Strike Pro Titan at around 4:30pm.

We were trolling slow not far from shore when we hooked up.  Here is another shot of the fish:


As you can see we also got a 6kg Dorado bull who is  poking his head into the pic 🙂

Here are some links about the fish:

Wikipedia –

Fishbase –