The call of the sea is strong! The simple conversations with fellow fishermen, the satisfaction of hard work and reward plus the freedom of being at one with nature. Just the smell of salt in the air is enough to calm the stress in your bones and the nagging voice in your head. Here are a few breathtaking affordable fishing spots that won’t break your bank and does not require a plane ticket:
Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
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This fishing hot spot is only 40-60 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur depending on traffic and is great for a day trip. Tanjung Tuan is one of the best spots for jigging but to get there you will need a local guide to take you from the village jetty in Pantai Teluk Kemang. Fishing in Malaysia recommends these fishing essentials:
Pulau Tioman, Pahang
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Pulau Tioman is a beautiful island off the coast of Pahang that is approximately 4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur and requires a 2 hour ferry ride from the Mersing(coast) to the island. It is one of the preferred spots of bottom fishing for anglers.
SportFishin.Asia suggests optimizing your Sailfish fishing time and budget by staying at Kuala Rompin to avoid high charter costs and long travel time from Pulau Tioman. Kuala Rompin is about 3.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur and does not require a ferry ride except the boat charter for your Sailfish Fishing adventure.
Pulau Aman, Penang
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A must go for many fishing enthusiasts and anglers who Malay Mail Online has said to book up the homestay chalets on the island to indulge in their hobby. This small fishing village has been flagged as a peaceful and idyllic town serving the best Mee Udang and is only a short 5 minute boat ride from the Bukit Tambun jetty of Penang Mainland. Remember to bring your own fishing gear and bait as fishing enthusiast shops are hard to come by. Source it online at Mudah.my to avoid crazy exorbitant prices.
Getting to Penang will take approximately 4 hours by car. Many beginner fishermen has raved about the success of fishing off the newly built Pulau Aman jetty. The downside to this quiet and laid back island is the lack of easy access for booking and securing those much coveted homestay chalets so make sure to do your research beforehand.
Port Klang, Selangor
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Just 40 minutes drive from KL Central, no accommodation is required and all you need is fishing gear and a charter boat from the Royal Yacht Club of Port Klang. The most reputable fishing charter companies can be found on FB and make sure to read reviews to help you find the best one. The plus side is you can even share the cost of the fishing charter up to 5 fellow fishermen depending on boat size.
Fish Malaysia recommends slow jigging with weights above 200 grams and Mantis Shrimp bait for the best results on a slow day which can be bought by the bucket at Tanjung Harapan. On days with strong currents, live caught bait seems to be a better option.
Air Ganda, Perak
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The excitement of fighting fish or as we all know it as Jungle Perch fishing is no further than a 2.5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to Air Ganda. Another well know fishing spot for Jungle Perch is in Belum Forest but would require a longer drive up near the Thai border. Fishing Nation talks about powerful rod rated at 10-30 lbs to handle a broader variety of heavy lures. Just remember that fishing with an active feisty fish would require fighting the elements as well as the fish. Happy Balancing!