Good sized Lapu Lapu caught off Olango Is.
Common Name: Grouper, Hind
Local Name: Lapu Lapu (Tagalog), Lapu Lapu, Pogapo (Cebuano)
Max Size: 40cm
Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated
Depth: 1 – 50 m
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: 10 inches
Recommended Bait/Lures: Shrimp, Squid, small fish or cut bait/ small jigs, soft plastics
These are one of the many species of Lapu Lapu (or grouper like species) that can be caught here in Philippine waters. This species is easy to confuse with its close relative the Bluespotted Grouper because of its dark color and blue spots. This species has smaller spots and is usually smaller. These relatively small fish are found around shallow reef and are usually caught on bait like squid, shrimp or even on jigs. This is an excellent food fish if you are lucky enough to catch one large enough to eat. They have a creamy white meat that tastes great steamed. Some popular dishes are Sweat and Sour, and Black Bean Sauce.
If you happen to catch small fish of this species please release them and give them a chance to grow to a larger size. We recommend that you don’t keep them if they are smaller than 10inches.
The fish in the picture above was caught on shrimp while bottom fishing in around 40m of water off of Mactan Island, Cebu.
Here is a nice little Malabar Grouper, known locally as Lapu-Lapu, caught by Rubled in an estuary in Cavite. There is little if not any differentiation between many grouper species here, so the name Lapu-Lapu can refer to quite a broad variety of species. This species can be distinguished by its black and tan spots over its barred sides. This species is reported to grow up to 150kgs though fish of that size are rarely caught.
These fish can be found in estuaries, coral reefs, rocky shore lines and even in deep water. The smaller ones tend to congregate close to shore while the larger ones inhabit the deeper reefs. This one was taken on a medium running pink sardine pins minnow. They also can be taken on a variety of other lures and plastics as well. The favorite local bait for these fish is live shrimp. This is a popular species to target when lure casting around the coast.
Orange Spotted Grouper
Here is a Orange Spotted Grouper caught by Tony here in Cebu at Porter Marina while fishing the pond. This is one of the common species of grouper or Lapu Lapu that can be caught here. This species is know by different names in English including; Orange Spotted Grouper, Green Grouper and Estuary Cod. Here is Cebu and around the rest of the Philippines this species and all of the Epinephalus Spp. are known only as Lapu Lapu. According to Fish Base the max published size of this species is 120cm and 15kgs. These fish are often caught along rocky shore line, from piers or around reefs.
Tony caught this fish on a Pins Minnow Medium Runner (Sardine Color) which he got from our online store. Here is a link to that if you are interested: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=403781519673984&set=a.403781493007320.111026.400055840046552&type=3&theater
These fish feed on shrimp, small fish and crabs. The favorite bait for this species is live shrimp. They also take lures (as seen above) jigs and more. If you happen to be fishing along the coastline near mangroves, rocks, piers or reefs there is a good chance you will catch some of these.
I caught this fish today on a small piece of squid while fishing from the rocks along the Northern Section of the SRP near the Malacanang Sa Sugbu building. I caught this and an eel which I will post later. This species is often mistaken for Lapu Lapu or Grouper. Here in Cebu this is known as Pugapo (pronounced; pu-GA-po). It is actually a Hind. These can grow to 20 or 30cm though most that are caught are less than 20cm. These fish are edible and taste similar to lapu lapu. These are quite common and abundant along rocky shorelines as well as around reefs. These fish can be caught in depths from around 1ft to 100ft.