Category Archives: Needle Fish (Balao)

Slender Needlefish ( Strongylura leiura )

Strongylura leiura

Common Name:  Grouper, Hind 

Local Name:   (Tagalog), Balo, Bao (Cebuano)

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Biodiversity: Marine,

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Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:   none

Recommended Bait/Lures:

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.

Strongylura leiura Philippines

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.

Needle Fish Surf Fishing

A little friend of mine caught this needle fish with my Yo-Zuri Pins Minnow while surf fishing:

The Bisaya for this fish is Balo.

Needlefish

I have caught these on minnow lures in Batangas and in Mindoro while surf fishing.  The largest I caught was over 20 inches.