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Hi guys, I'm going travelling for a few months and was wondering if you could give me some advice.

Firstly, can anyone recommend a good book to identify fish species around Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand? I am bringing my travel rod with me for general shore fishing, but don't want to unhook something potentially poisonous!

Also, I was wondering if there are any Big Game fishing destinations around the region? I think we will be spending approximately a month moving from Kuala Lumper to Bali, before flying to Oz.

Any other information about fishing in south east Asia would be very much appreciated! :bye1:

Rob
 

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In Bali hire a fishing boat (they mostly have outriggers and outboards) and troll for tuna. The locals use a silvery skirted lure which looks just like a sardine when it's in the water. I used surface rapala type lures and they both caught fish up to about 4 kgs which is fantastic fun on light tackle (travel rod & 7 kgs braid. We looked for birds feeding to spot the shoals, but when there was nothing happening on the surface we drifted and used bait on the bottom to catch a range of small rock fish with the occasional larger snapper or grouper, but nothing huge. Because it's so deep my braid line outfished the skipper when it came to detecting bites.

I usually paid about 拢40 for a half day's fishing which was long enough because of the heat. We were based in Sanur which is nice but touristy, so I'm sure you'd pay a lot less in other parts of Bali/Indonesia. At the end of the session we'd go back to shore and get our favourite beach front restaurant to cook the super fresh tuna for lunch or dinner. Toes in the warm sand, glass of chilled white wine - wish I was back!
 

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Hi guys, I'm going travelling for a few months and was wondering if you could give me some advice.

Firstly, can anyone recommend a good book to identify fish species around Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand? I am bringing my travel rod with me for general shore fishing, but don't want to unhook something potentially poisonous!

Also, I was wondering if there are any Big Game fishing destinations around the region? I think we will be spending approximately a month moving from Kuala Lumper to Bali, before flying to Oz.

Any other information about fishing in south east Asia would be very much appreciated! :bye1:

Rob
Hi Rob !

Maybe it's to late but i only just joined this forum. By the way maybe i can share few tips.

For malaysia just beware of catfish fresh & saltwater. They have a sting in their fins. Other poisonous fish is quite rare.

For peninsular malaysia big game fishing there a few places you can go example Kuala rompin for sailfish, Jarak Island for GT jigging & popping, There an oil rig fishing in Terengganu but it's hard to get a decent boat for charter. Normally they use a traditional fishing boat. So the facility is not very comfortable.

For borneo there a lost of nice fishing spot. For Bintulu the oil rig is quite near. Just 1 hour from the shore using a outboard engine boat. Few other sopt is Lucornia Island & Spartly Island. Here you can get a nice big game fishing like giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, YFT and few other species. But the charter is for group at least 10 people

Hope it's helpful

Cheers & happy new year !
 
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