Category Archives: Sweetlips (Bakoko)

Trout Sweetlips ( Plectorhinchus pictus )

Plectorhinchus pictus

Dan’s Trout Sweetlips

Common NameSweetlips

Local Name:  Alatan, Labian, Kayubibi (Tagalog); Lipti(Cebuano)

Max Size:  83 cm (6.9 kgs)

Biodiversity: Marine, Reef-associated

Depth: 20 – 200 meters

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit12 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Shrimp, Squid, small fish

IUCN Red List Status StatusNot Listed

Sweetlips are a species of fish common around the country.  They are most often found around reefs and wrecks swimming in schools often with other fish.  They can be identified by their grayish silver color along with their small black spots found on their backs and tails.  The species is known as sweetlips because of the large rubbery lips around the mouth.

The IGFA does not have a record listed for the Trout Sweetlips that I am aware of.  If you catch a good sized one look into submitting it as a IGFA record 🙂

Dan here caught this good sized  Trout Sweetlips while fishing at the Alava Pier in Subic Bay.  He used whole squid as bait and fished on the bottom with a two hook rigs.

Here is a link to the FishBase page on this species: