(Hampala macrolepidota)


This is probably our liveliest sportfish! Weight for weight, I personally rank it as the hardest fighting freshwater fish in Malaysia! From the sudden thumping strike till the last seconds before it is landed, the sebarau just never gives up fighting the angler!

In comparing it to the fish of the temperate climates, I'd say its traits are similar to the rainbow trout. The sebarau readily takes artificial lures with its aggressive character. The habitat too is very similar.

It can be found in the larger streams, rivers, old mining ponds with streams running in, lakes and dams. They will lurk around structure in the flowing water. Using the eddies of fallen trees, branches and rocks to wait for passing prey. In still waters, the smaller sebarau can be found in and around shallow weedbeds. However the bigger sebarau will take up residence in deep waters. Areas with submerged tree trunks or fallen logs will produce sizable sebarau that sit in these deep waters.

Sebarau up to a kilo give great sport on light casting tackle. Bigger sebarau require heavier tackle especially in snaggy areas. A sebarau over 2 kilos would be regarded as a rewarding catch. Sebarau as big as 5-7 kilos have been caught.

Artificial lures like spoons, soft plastics, spinners, spinnerbaits and minnow profile plugs readily account for most of the sebarau caught. Flies like poppers, clouser minnow and deceivers will work for the fly fisherman.



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Sebarau Articles

Listed below are links to various sorts of sebarau articles, from technical aspects to stories of sebarau fishing trips.


The best sebarau lure, improved!

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Search lures - how to find yours

Luring Sebarau - a summary of the common lures

Losing Sebarau - how not to!


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Light tackle gear for sebarau

Tackling bigger sebarau


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Fly fishing for deep sebarau

Fly fishing and hard lure fishing for sebarau goes head to head. Which method triumphs!


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Where the sebarau hang out


Pic 2Hampala barbs in Sarawak are known as juak or adong, depending on their colouration. Find out more in this travel article to Borneo Island.

A Hard time at Bakun Dam, Sarawak

> Murum Dam, Sarawak, Malaysia

Video of fishing the Hampala bimaculata species, endemic to Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia. Click picture to view video.Sebarau


Pic 2We have our own way of celebrating Merdeka day, read on about our joyful sebarau fishing


Pic 2Did you know sebarau bite at night?


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