Category Archives: Sweetlips (Bakoko)
Common Name: Sweetlips
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 Limit: 12 inches
Recommended Bait/Lures: Shrimp, Squid, small fish
IUCN Red List Status Status: Not 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: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Plectorhinchus-pictus.html