Category Archives: Needle Fish (Balao)
Common Name: Grouper, Hind
Local Name: (Tagalog), Balo, Bao (Cebuano)
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: none
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Here is a picture of a small needlefish I caught recently while fishing from the Navy Pier on Corregidor Island. I believe this is a Slender Needlefish. This species is quite common all over the country. If can often be seen patrolling the shorelines and reefs. This species can grow over a meter in length. I caught this fish while fishing a pink sardine pins minnow. I had strikes from large Crescent Grunter (probably around .5 kg each) but was not able to properly hook them. There are also many Jacks patrolling the piers.
For anyone visiting Corregidor Island, it is an excellent place to fish. You can fish anywhere on the island and even rent bankas on the island to take you trolling around the island. The only downside is the garbage which collects on the side of the island that faces Manila Bay.