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During the sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) season which starts from the end of March and peaking between mid-July to mid-November before the next monsoon season rolls in (December to March), schools of juvenile and large sailfish (and the occasional marlin) up to 80lbs+ aggregate in relatively shallow waters (50-80 feet) off the east coast of West Malaysia to gorge on large balls of anchovies, a variety of tunas and other small fish before continuing on their migratory journey to the southern seas and oceans toward the northern and nor-eastern Australian waters and the neigbouring islands such as Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Noumea and so on.

A typical itinerary will be a two night stay and two full days of fishing over a weekend. Customised week-long charters can also be organised. Contact us for more details.

Other targeted species (depending on their respective seasons), and great by-catch of the elegant sailfish, in these waters are cobia (Rachycentron canadum), parrot fish (Bolbometopon muricatum), Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson), dolphin fish/mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus), various trevally species like Diamond Trevally (Alectis indicus) and sometimes the coveted Giant Trevally (Caranx ignoblis) and so on.

A typical day would start, after a hearty breakfast, with a quick sprint out to the bait grounds while looking out for signs of working birds which usually indicates baitfish activity. Various types of baitfish are then quickly jigged up with apollos or sabikis. Touching on jigging for a moment, these fishing grounds are also famous for its congregation of at least two species of squids – so while it is a gun sailfish (and cobia) bait, these critters are loads of fun to jig for and always a welcome addition for the night’s dinner menu. We usually do not motor out too far before the first ‘livies’ are set out. One of the great features of these waters is that most high yielding fishing grounds are easily accessible within 1 to 2 hours of powerboating, about 20-28 nautical miles from base. The sleek designs of the locally built boats enable us to cover a lot of water effortlessly. So all this increases your fishing time tremendously.

We practice tag and release for all sailfish that are landed.

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