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Scientific name:  
     There are four kinds of talakitok: The "Giant Trevally" or "white ulua" in Hawaii characterized by its whitish color. It is the largest among the three, found in the deepest water and well-deserving of their name. "Kagami" is  diamond-shaped with a bright silvery skin, flat body and long filaments. The "Blue Trevally" or "'Omilu" is the smallest of all four rarely going over 20 lbs. and can be found in shallow waters. The last is the "Cuba" which has a dark skin much like the ordinary tilapia.  
     The trevally or talakitok is every man's fish, yet no man's fish. Everyman's? They are caught using every fishing device from spears to fishing gear, every method from trolling to slide baiting, and at every depth from shallow water dunking to deep-sea bottom-fishing.
     No man's? The talakitok is a master of most encounters. Strong and stubborn, this pugnacious battler beats the angler physically even when the man's tackle outlasts the fish and the man's skill and muscle bring him to victory.       As such it is literally a "mule with fins". Not only that, but the capture of a big talakitok grips the angler and never really releases him. The encounter remains vivid and is relived continually anytime someone can be forced to listen.
     Furthermore, because the talakitok grows to heroic proportions, the dedicated angler's dream is to beat the 100-pounder. Then a 179-pounder was caught by bottom fishing in Hawaii, followed soon after by the spearing of a 191-pounder, also in Hawaii.
     Once hooked, most of the talakitok will often head for the reef or rocks rather than open water, so the angler must constantly apply as much pressure as the tackle will bear or else the line will most probably be snagged by the talakitok. Therefore, it is of crucial importance that immediate pressure be applied when one uses the trolling method of fishing. It is also necessary to keep the drag set as strongly as the line and leader can take. A striking talakitok will try to head for the rocks below. A firm drag can prevent him from turning his head. This will give you a greater chance to pull him out into deeper water, increasing your chances of boating him.
      Inevitably in talakitok fishing, a hooked fish will reach safety in the rocs, snagging your line in the process. That's not necessarily the end of the battle. Release the tension on the line, loosed the drag, switch the clicker on again and wait. Frequently, the talakitok will free himself and the fight resumes. Be prepared to wait for hours, if necessary. It can take that long.
Average size 2 - 4 kilograms
Bolinao record is 36 kilograms or 79.2 lbs.
Most common catch in Bolinao, Pangasinan
     Local tips:
       The usual fishing technique used in Bolinao is trolling with CD-14 or CD-18 Rapalas. The CD-14 Fire Tiger is a favorite. However, if the there are a lot of seaweed, spin casting and cranking is a more appropriate method.    
Philippine record:   kilograms or  lbs.
       Travelling time to fishing ground:40 minutes
Philippine Game Fishing Foundation Sportfishing Club
Philippine Game Fish Catch Records
Class Line Weight Date

Fishing Ground

Women 50 37.5  kgs. 82.5 lbs. May 15, '95
Camiguin Island
Ma. Theresa Gueco



Technique Rod Reel Line
Hook Weight Bait
30 lb class boat rod 4/0 to 6/0 multiplier
30 lb nylon or
#8 Wire 4/0 to 6/0
Plugs or
live fish