Good Sized GT caught in Cebu City
Common Name: GT, Giant Trevally,
Local Name: Talakitok (Tagalog), Mamsa (Cebuano)
Max Size: 170 cm (80 kgs)
Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater, Reef Associated, Endemic,
Depth: 0 –100 meters
Fishing Season: All Year Long
This species also known as GT, is common through out the country. In Filipino this species is called Talakitok and the Bisaya speaking people call these fish Mamsa.
It is the largest of the Trevally species growing to a maximum weight
of around 80kgs. Juveniles can be caught a variety of places from
reefs, to estuaries, sandy bottom shorelines. The larger adults are more
common around deeper reefs, atolls or sea walls. This species can also
be caught in Lake Taal in Batangas which was once connected to the
ocean via a river.
Angler target these species in a variety of ways which include
trolling, bottom fishing, jigging, popping and even bait fishing. The
fish in the picture below is a nice GT caught by Biboy in Palawan while
Popping for GT in Palawan
The larger GT are quite powerful and can quite easily destroy fishing
gear that is not up for the challenge. For anglers targeting this
species be sure you are using the right gear for the job.
The Taal Lake GT Featured on the Philippine 50 Peso Bill
In recent years the Bankgo Sentral Ng Pilipinas (Central
Bank of the Philippines) has featured the Giant Trevally of Lake Taal on
their 50 Peso Bill. This is part of the move to highlight unique
flora, fauna, and geographic features of the Philippines in efforts to
conserve and increase public awareness. Hopefully the unique freshwater
GT of Taal will remain a permanent feature of the lake’s ecosystem.