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Gamefishing in the Philippines
Not only is the Philippines an archipelago made up of 7,107 islands, it also lies along the pelagic route of some of the world’s most sought-after game fishes. This makes the Philippines one of gamefishing’s last great frontiers. The warm waters of the Philippines incorporate almost 2,000,000 sq km (772,000 sq mi) of fishing grounds, ranking it 12th in the world in terms of fish production. These grounds are inhabited by about 2,400 fish species, including many game fish such as giant tuna, tanguigue (Spanish mackerel), king mackerel, great barracuda, swordfish, and marlin.
Hardcore gamefishers dock their yachts in Subic to for a fantastic fishing experience, with species such as giant trevally, sailfish, wahoo, king mackerel, and barracuda. Best times for gamefishing in Subic are between October to June.
Mactan Island, Cebu
Despite commercial fishing on local stocks, the Cebu area can still provide satisfying, and sometimes downright adventurous, fishing. However, gamefishers presently experience a 50% chance of catching fish.
Local fish you could expect to catch in Mactan Island include trevally (mamsa), Spanish mackerel (tanguigue), different varieties of tuna (including bonito, yellow fin, bigeye, and dogtooth), barracuda, dorado, and wahoo. Billfish are less plentiful but include sailfish, marlin, spearfish, and broadbill swordfish. Reef fishing, mainly at night, can produce varieties of grouper, coral trout, wrasse, parrotfish, and many other species. Fishing of squid at night can also be very productive.
Camiguin Island, Cagayan de Oro
Camiguin Island is blessed with many big-game fishing opportunities. Game fishing in Camiguin is best between December and August. Local fish such as great trevally, barracuda, and wahoo are found year round. Sailfish can be spotted from March to June, and Tuna from July to October.
Palaui Islands, Sta. Ana, Cagayan de Oro
The first and oldest fishing club in the Philippines is located here, and the club maintains the Don Andres Soriano Sportfishing Camp inside the Philippine Navy headquarters in Barangay San Vicente, Sta. Ana, Cagayan de Oro.
The fishing camp serves as a takeoff point for anglers traveling to Susay Rock, which is about two to three hours away by motorized banca. Anglers intending to try out the fishing grounds of Camiguin Island can also use the fishing camp as their base, but travel time will take about four hours.
With species such as marlin, tuna, grouper, even crabs, squid, rays, and octopuses, avid gamefishers and spearfishers are not disappointed with their bounty. In fact, gamefishing competitions are held every August along the city’s coastal waters.
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