Nokus on Minnow Lure
I was able to get in a couple casts while on vacation with family at a
resort in Cebu. This Green Eyed Squid aggressively chased and snatched
my little Yo Zuri Pins minnow. To my surprise I was able to hook it
and bring in my first Squid on a lure
I found that to get successful hook-up with a Squid you need to wait a
second or two after the cuttlefish strikes before reeling in. That
second wait allows the cuttlefish time to pull the lure in close to its
beak which gives you a better chance for a positive hook-up if you are
using simple treble hooks.
Squid in Tagalog is Pusit and in Bisaya it is known as Nokus.
Squirrelfish caught night fishing on shrimp
Common Name: Squirrelfish
Local Name: Sigang Batohan, Ganteng (Tagalog); Ganting, Baga, Baga-baga (Cebuano)
Max Size: 27cm
Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated, Brackish
Depth: 1 – 40 m
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: None
Recommended Bait/Lures: Shrimp, crabs, other small crustaceans
These small fish are known for hiding most of the day under rocks and
edges and coming out at night to feed on small crustaceans. They are
easiest to catch at night and provide a good little fight. They make a
fair food fish and are said to taste delicious here in Cebu when cooked
as Inun-unan. These little guys are armed with venomous spines so care
must be taken when removing them from your hooks. I came across the
fish in the picture above while night fishing from a seawall here in
Cebu. We were using small shrimp for bait.
This is one of the many species of surgeonfish present in Philippine
waters. These fish have small mouths and are quite difficult to catch.
This fish was caught in Cebu on some boiled Saba (cooking banana) as
bait. In Tagalog this fish is called Labahita.