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About Fishing in Philippines

The history of the Philippines has been defined by the seas that surround the country. In the past, the Spaniards were able to reach the islands by sailing half around the world. Traders from China, India, the Middle East, and other neighboring countries were able to share goods by braving the raging oceans to reach the country. During the Second World War, the Americans returned to the Philippines by landing in a gulf to start the campaign against the Japanese rulers. Even today, decades after some of the most historic events that led to the country’s independence, its waters are still on the headlines due to territorial disputes with China and other related issues.

Our waters are deeper than you think

Even the development itself of the Philippines is being determined by its bodies of water. Known for aquamarine waters with pure sands and stunning beachscapes, the country draws in tourists because of its assortment of tropical attractions. Because of this, the Philippines is rated as one of the countries with the best beaches in the world. Additionally, its incredible bodies of water are not just limited to seas as lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and streams can also be found around.

Our bodies of water have also given the Philippines challenges that have made its people resilient and hopeful. Straight from the seas and into our lands, typhoons ravage the country several times in a year, with some of them leaving trails of destructions. Though lives and homes have been lost, the people of the Philippines have always remained optimistic and ready to adapt and adjust to the hardships brought by these natural disasters.

A country of fishermen

Without a doubt, the Philippines is a country that depends so much on its seas and other bodies of water as important sources of various resources. It is for this reason that Filipinos are said to be some of the best fishermen in the world. Stories in Philippine literature, artworks, and songs have honored Filipino fishermen for their contributions, just like the farmers and other workers who are vital to the country’s food security. Ironically, fishing communities living along the coastlines are said to be one of the poorest, even if the economy and sustenance rely so much on their catches every day.

Where to fish in the Philippines

There are numerous areas in the Philippines where you can go fishing using a hook and line. Some of the resorts in the various provinces offer fishing as part of their offerings. Mountain Lake Resort is a great example. It is located in Cavinti, Laguna, and features a vast area where you can fish like a pro. You can also rent some of the materials you’ll need for reasonable prices.

In Metro Manila, the Manila Bay would be your first option. It has certain areas where you can whip out your fishing rod and spend some time trying to catch a fish or two. You can try to get a spot along the long stretch of baywalk or some of the areas around SM Mall of Asia. Manila Bay may not be superior in terms of the quality of the water, but you will certainly be rewarded with a nice catch with a bit of patience. And don’t worry since the fish is clean and absolutely edible.

In Quezon City, you can head to La Mesa Ecopark in Novaliches. It has a calm lagoon where you can try to pluck out a couple of tilapias. However, you will have to pay for the fishes that you catch for. You can bring your own fishing rod, but they also have some available for rent.

Why go fishing?

The irony is that even though the Philippines is surrounded by bodies of water, fishing as a hobby is not as popular as activities like basketball, billiards, football, frisbee, surfing, watching movies, and many others. Perhaps Filipinos prefer more fast-paced things to do, or the thought of traveling to the sea and buying fishing rods and lures sounds too taxing. However, there are tons of benefits in learning how to fish and doing it on a regular basis. Additionally, with the accessibility of various bodies of water, going fishing could be one of the most ideal hobbies to have in the Philippines.

Like most activities for leisure, fishing is a stress reliever. It’s true that there is a lot of idle time in fishing, but it is during that period when you can sit back, breathe in some fresh air, and let the surroundings calm your senses. Experts have claimed that having moments of relaxation boosts your health by lowering blood pressure, improving digestion, and putting your muscles at ease.

Learning to fish is also an important survival skill. You’ll never know when this ability might come in handy, but you can rest easy knowing that you have a better chance of staying alive if some life-threatening situations. Additionally, fish is great source of protein and is healthier compared to other types of meat. Being able to catch one and cook it after a long wait is a very rewarding experience.

Lastly, fishing can teach you patience. People tend to rush a lot of things these days, but it is also good to experience situations that require you to take things slow. They say that good things come to those who wait, and fishing is a great way to realize that.

Fishing tips

Before going fishing, remember some of these basic tips so you will have a hassle-free and rewarding experience.

First, know when the best time is to go fishing in your chosen location. Various kinds of fish go hungry at different times of the day, which means there are types that will most likely bite in the morning or in the afternoon. Ask the locals or fellow fishermen first before going to the location or sailing the open sea.

Second, have your equipment ready. Bring a tacklebox where you can put your hooks, lines, lures, and other small tools. Dress comfortably since you could be out in the sun for a long time and bring the essentials like food and drinking water. If you will be out in the ocean, bring a first aid kit and flashlight, which you need in case of emergency.

Third, research about the best kind of bait for the fish that you intend to catch. Different kinds of fish also differ in food preferences, and knowing the right kind of bait will improve your chances in luring your target fish in.

Lastly, prioritize your safety at all times. Do not go sailing on your own, and if fishing is not permitted in an area, do not risk it.