With a vast scope of marine and freshwater environments, Malaysia is an angler’s haven for the fishing enthusiast. Whether you are a recreational fisher or a serious game fisher, Malaysia offers many angling destinations for the fisherman. However, if you’re serious game fisher, it is important to do the proper planning for your expedition. Targeting species and seasonal influx are important and will determine success of failure.
The seas of Malaysia feature a wide variety of species, terrain and depth. Located on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia, Pulau Aur, Pemanggil and Tioman are three popular islands known for great catches. They are the prime fishing centres of this southern region and are known for Black Marlin. Also abundant in this area are Sailfish, Black Mackerel, Tuna, Cobia, Shark and Dorado. Most of the boats leading to these outer islands depart from the town of Mersy and have no sleeping accommodations. The island of Tioman hosts several star rated hotels with a wide range of accommodations.
Bottom fishing is primarily on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia and depths range to 100 meters. Quarries along this coast are threadfin, grouper and snapper. Narrow barred Mackerel and Sailfish are seasonal, while Barracuda and Giant Trevally are common catches of the day.
The three prime freshwater destinations are Tasik Temenggor, Tasik Chenderoh and Tasik Kenyir. Taskik Kenyir has many tributaries and rivers for breeding grounds and sports hundreds of species. Toman, Baung, Kelah, and Lampam are just a few found in abundance. Cacing, Petuang, and Saok are the best fishing areas at this lake. Located in the north of Perak, Tasik Chenderoh is known for their famous ikan pekasam, a small fish similar to lomah. Many locals feel this lake produces fish that are tastier in comparison to Tasik Temenggor. Their other sport fish include sebarau, belida and toman.