About great fishing spots in Malaysia
Some basic information about our tropical paradise
Located in South East Asia, Malaysia is just a few degrees north of the equator. Malaysia consists of Peninsula Malaysia (or West Malaysia) and East Malaysia, across the South China Sea. East Malaysia is part of the island of Borneo. Our neighbours are, to the north, Thailand, and, to the south, the Island of Singapore, and Indonesia.
Our national flag consists of fourteen red and white stripes (along the fly) of equal width, a union or canton of dark blue, a crescent and a star.
Our climate is considered equatorial. There are no seasons as those experienced in temperate climes. The closest thing we have to a season are the wet and dry seasons. The northeast monsoon during the months of November to February is the wettest season for Peninsula Malaysia, especially for the east coast of P. Malaysia. The south west monsoon during the months of May to August is largely negated, due to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, sheltering P. Malaysia from the moist winds. The temperature remains warm year round even during the wet seasons. An average of 30-32'C (86-90'F) during the day and 25-28'C (77-83'F) at night in the lowlands.
Geographically P. Malaysia has one main range, from which most of the rivers originate. The upper rivers above 1000' are fast flowing and rocky. Many of the smaller but powerful sport fish are found here. Below that the rivers slow down and widen, here there is a wider variety of fish, and bigger too! The lowlands on both sides of the coast are predominantly swampy. An ideal habitat for many of our fishes. Along the western side of P. Malaysia there are many abandoned mining ponds and lakes (tin mining was a major industry in the past). These waters are populated by many species of fish found in the low land rivers and swamps. Dams or water catchment areas also provide splendid water for fishing as in many countries, but presently only a few are open to the public for fishing.
The coastline is made of up of mangrove swamps, rocky outcrops and beaches. The mangrove swamps are a habitat for a wide variety of marine life, not only are many species of marine fish found there, but it is also a place for the marine fish to breed and the young fry to mature before they venture offshore!
On west coast of P. Malaysia is the Straits of Malacca a congested shipping lane. It is a shallow shelf, providing fertile water for plankton with numerous islands and coral reefs near the coast. On the east coast of P. Malaysia the South China Sea pounds the coastline, especially during the NE monsoon. During this time most anglers stop fishing due to the high winds and strong seas. The waters here generally are cleaner Malaysia, like any developing country is facing the problems of environmental management. Polluted rivers run into the seas, life giving mangrove swamps cut down for the hardy wood or cleared for aquaculture or land reclamation. These problems affect the aquatic life and various agencies and departments are struggling to prevent the situation from getting out of control.