Boats can be hired once you are at Pulau Pangkor to Pulau Sembilan, a group of nine islands where sports fishing is popular.
By Car : From Kuala Lumpur to the town of Lumut where the jetty is located, the journey is approximately 250km and will take around 4 hours. Take the North South Expressway, starting at the Damansara toll plaza, heading for Ipoh. Exit at the Bidor toll plaza. The rest of the journey will be on trunk roads. You will pass through Bidor where there is a Shell petrol station on your left if you need to refuel. Follow signboards stating “Pelabuhan Lumut” or “Lumut Naval Base”. You will then need to follow signboards to “Teluk Intan”, “Setiawan” and “Pulau Pangkor”. The journey from Bidor town to Lumut jetty is approximately 110 km, or 1 ½ hours. The long term car park behind the shell petrol station, next to the bus station charges RM10 per day.
By Bus : Lumut is 83km southwest of Ipoh. Take the bus in Ipoh to the Lumut bus station, which is right by the ferry jetty. On Pulau Pangkor, buses to Ipoh can be booked from the agent located at the town’s Chuan Full Hotel.
Direct buses to Lumut from other states are possible as Lumut is well connected to other destinations, and many bus companies have an operation here.
Three islands situated in the beautiful Seribuat Archipelago, Pulau Aur, Pemanggil and Tioman are three islands located in the South China Sea, East of West Malaysia at Johor State. They are one of the main game fishing centres of the southern region and prime Black Marlin region of Peninsula Malaysia. The majority of boats to these outer islands depart from Mersing town. Fishing boats for hire are virtually all converted coastal trawler boats with differing degrees of facilities and luxury. The majority tend to be basic with no sleeping quarters.
There are accommodation on the beautiful islands of Aur, Pemanggil and Tioman islands themselves. Tioman on the other hand boasts a few star rated hotels along with a wide range of alternative accommodation and facilities. Special arrangements can be made to pick up anglers, and return them to Tioman. A two day one night trip is the minimum recommended. Lanting Beach Resort is located on the island of Pulau Pemanggil. Also magnificently popular for its garden of corals and fishing habitat. Get a chance to fish with the koyan master, Tarzan Laut who has a handful of experience and stories to share with. Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Spanish Mackerel, Shark, Stingray, Tuna, Grouper, Giant Trevally, Cobia just to name a few of the big game species mangling in its water. Best time for fishing is in between September to December. Dorado is very seasonal somewhere in May and June.
Lanting Beach Resort can be contacted at 607-799 3973.
Mersing are accessible only by road, being approximately 6 hours from Kuala Lumpur. Tioman is accessible by plane from Kuala Lumpur or by ferry from Mersing. Boat travel times to these islands vary, depending on the vessel and destination. The ferry to Tioman takes around one and a half hours, while fishing boats from Mersing to Aur and Pemanggil take approximately 6 hours.
Both islands lie close by and fishing services are offered by Gem Island Resort to fish in the sea. In April to June is time for fisherman in Marang Town to go for squid jigging at night. (Candat Sotong ). If you wish to try candat sotong, boat departs around 7.00pm and reach the jigging point near Kapas Island in 45-60 minutes. The squid are attracted to the light and tent to cluster around boats where fluorescent lamps are lit. A jig is a weighted lure with nine hooks arranged in a circular pattern at one end. The other end is secured to a fishing line. Normally the fisherman can land 30kg to 40kg squid a night and in a good night up to 100kg.
Redang island’s water is teeming with fish. Book a fishing trip with the islands resort i.e. Redang Kalong Resort.
On the northern shores of the state of Terengganu overlooking the marine park holiday islands of Redang and Perhentian lies the small village of Penarik. This unique fishery where part of the Setiu river system runs parallel to the South China Sea offers excellent game fishing offshore and top class estuary fishing along the river system. Fiberglass and traditional fishing boats are available for hire and rustic chalet style accommodation is available. The seas boast Sailfish, Narrow barred Mackerel, Barracuda and Dolphinfish. Bottom fishing produces Crevalles, Jacks and Snappers.
From the village of Merchong, Pahang located close to the mouth of the Merchong river, good class fibreglass vessels are available for game fishing. These boats head for the 'unjangs' (fish attracting devices) about 20km offshore where Sailfish are a common catch. Other species include Barracuda, Narrow barred Mackerel, Dolphinfish and various species of Trevally. This is a day trip fishery only with anglers returning to shore in the late afternoon. Chalets are also available. Good bottom fishing can also be had. For more information go to www.merchongfishing.com
Where the southern Andaman sea meets the Straits of Melaka, 60 nautical miles south west of the legendary island of Langkawi, lies Malaysia's most westerly island, Pulau Perak. Rising almost vertical from the sea bed, the waters around this limestone outcrop teem with fish. This relatively new discovery has so far produced Big Eye Tuna, Rainbow Runner, Cobia, Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Wahoo, Shark, Narrow Barred Mackerel and Giant Trevally. Sailfish in excess of 60kg have been landed. Pulau Perak and Tukun Perak, an atoll about 10 nautical miles south of the island are, however, most famous for their Giant Trevally with specimens of over 40kg.
For game fishing, this is arguably the finest destination on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It also boasts excellent deep sea fishing with good sized Groupers and Snappers, and a variety of extra large Surgeon fish. Fishing safaris to Pulau Perak are normally 3 to 4 clays duration with live on board vessels available for charter from Langkawi.
Labuan island off the coast of Borneo is strategically located at the heart of South Fast Asia. An international offshore financial centre, Labuan, along with its small islands, boasts fine resort hotels and some top class game fishing. Within a few nautical miles off Labuan itself Marlin, Sailfish, Narrow barred Mackerel, Wahoo, Dogtooth Tuna and Dolphinfish can be found. However, the finest fishing grounds are the Lucornia shoals located 164 nautical miles west of Labuan. The shoals offer fine game fishing and excellent deep water bottom fishing, with massive Grouper being fairly common.
Fishing these waters is difficult due to the limited facilities available. Only one boat is available for hire to Lucornia Shoals and this is suitable only for the hardiest of anglers. At present, a standard trip is five days duration but the quality of the fishing more than compensates for the 27 hour journey it takes too reach the shoals. The waters around Labuan also boast a few good wreck fishing sites in easy reach, where good Grouper, Snapper and Jacks can be found. Labuan has regular daily flights connecting with Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
The indigo waters of the Sulawesi Sea near Pulau (island) Mabul, south of the town of Semporna in eastern Sabah houses one of the world's most unique fishing and diving centres. A redundant deep sea oil rig was towed from Labuan to its resting site off Mabul. Refurbished into a hotel, this angling and diving centre is located only 20 minutes away from the world renowned dive site of Pulau Sipadan.
A modern 9 metre (29ft) fibreglass, fully equipped game fishing boat provides the angler with the opportunity to fish remote 'virgin' waters. Marlin, Sailfish and big Yellowfin Tuna are the main quarry but the waters also provide an abundance of Dolphinfish, Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda. Giant Trevally, Skipjack, Bonito, Rainbow Runner, Cobia, Queenfish and more. The facilities and accommodation on various islands in these waters are some of the best available. Developed initially for divers, some of these resorts now offer fishing packages.
The seas off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah also offer some excellent fishing. Sailfish and Narrow barred Mackerel can be taken only a couple of miles from shore while day trip and overnight excursions can be made to Pulau Mengalum for either game fishing or bottom fishing.
From the town of Kudat in the north, basic boats can be arranged to fish in deep waters north and west of the islands of Banggi and Balambangan. This is a minimum of a one week safari and 3 months notice must be given to fish this, as yet untouched, angling area. At present, only Hook, Line and Sinker and Cherrybird Tours and Travel can organise this fishing. This trip is only for the hardy and adventurous.
The Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo is also relatively untouched with regards to angling. The upper interior rivers provide some excellent sport while the seas are known to be rich in fish stocks.
Only a few part time fishing operators exist and this is only for sea fishing. One boat based at Miri provides excursions to the Southern Lucornia Shoals. Angling trips to the interior rivers can be arranged but organisation necessitates at least three months notice. A five day safari to the Southern Lurcornia Shoals is only for the hardy and adventurous and again requires it least 3 months notice to organise.
For packages please go to http://www.gamefish.ws/gamefish_packages.asp
Kelongs are structures built on stilts over the sea. They were originally used to trap fish. However, nowadays, they are often used by anglers and almost resemble little resorts with basic facilities. Kelongs provide stable platform to fish from, with a lot of space and fresh air. Common catches at kelongs are what anglers refer to as “baitfish”. A more appropriate word would be schooling fish as they travel in schools and range in size from 10cm to 20cm – selar and tamban are the most common. The larger fish include the barracuda, cobia, threadfin salmon, mackeral and many other coastal fish that feed on the abundant baitfish gathered at the kelong. Kelongs are great places for an affordable family holiday as most kids love the thrill of catching some fish. They will be even more excited when they get to eat what they catch. Most kelongs will oblige with the cooking, at no extra charge. Packages include all meals (occasionally supplemented by your personal Catch of the Day), free flow of drinks like Chinese Tea and coffee, and a clean place to rest for the night. Most kelongs restrict the use of fresh water as it has to be shipped in from the mainland. However, there is enough for a nice clean shower (limited to one a day at some kelongs). Drinking water is never in short supply, though.
At certain Kelongs, you can take a trip to the nearest island beach – provided by most kelongs at no extra cost – for some swimming or snorkeling maybe your cup of tea. Or why not settle down to a good book accompanied by fresh sea breezes? So there is something for everyone at the kelong.
Call a Kelong
Kelong Acheh, Johor, 019 7772684, www.kelongacheh.com
Kelong Paradise, Waterfront Resort, Sabak Bernam, (603) 76259838
Kelong Ah Yu, Tanjung Leman, Pulau Sibu (603) 013-7212332
Kelong Ah Fatt, Tanjung Leman, Pulau Sibu (603) 019-7453019
Kelong Ah Ngan, Pulau Sibu (603) 019-7712879
Kelong Mamud, Lukut Mamud (603) 019-6611448