Thursday, September 27, 2012

Game Fishing

Malaysia, covering the Malay Peninsula and the north and north-western part of the Island of Borneo, offers a prime tropical paradise that presents the angler with an opportunity to discover one of the world’s top game fishing destinations.

Endowed with a wide variety of marine inland angling destinations, Malaysia hosts a plethora of fish species in both environments. The tropical seas hold most of them main target species of tropical game fish including the King of the Seas, the Black Marlin and the Blue Marlin. Striped Marlin has also been taken and the Pacific Sailfish is common. Tuna- Yellowfin, Bigeye and Dogtooth are found in the deep water areas around atolls and drop offs. Wahoo, Giant Trevally (GT), Cobia, Narrowbarred Mackerel, Dorado, Barracuda, Escolar, Rainbow Runner, Greater Amberjack and big sharks add to the variety of game fish to be found.

The rivers and lakes, surrounded by primeval tropical rainforest, provide a backdrop to angling second to none. These pristine rainforest waterways, although more limited in the number of species extant, nevertheless, can test anglers’ skills to the limit. The Malaysian Red Mahseer, the ferocious Giant Snakehead and the Hampala Barb all possess superb fighting qualities.

Many other species exist, often not in the record book, while quite a number of species are not even identifiable. Recently Malaysia has recorded its first International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world records in both environments.

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