DEEP SEA FISHING
A 21kg Giant Grouper
300km north west of Sabah lies the Spratlys region, where exploits for deep sea fishing are varied, abundant and highly rewarding.
The blue water fishing opportunities here in Sabah offer world class fishing at astonishingly good value for money. Opportunities for trolling, bottom fishing, jigging and popping can all be found on a single trip in this pristine part of the world where the fish of a lifetime awaits you.
Species such as Dogtooth Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo and Marlin are regular catches around the numerous atolls while trolling.
Bottom fishing can produce Dogtooth Tuna, a myriad of reef species especially Giant Grouper, Ruby Snapper to name just a couple. And the chances for a record breaking Oilfish, locally referred to as Escolar, is also more than feasible (my personal best being 50kgs, with many fish above 40kgs).
Jigging will catch all of the bottom species with a good chance of Amberjack and can be particularly effective on nights when baits are being ignored.
Popping can be amazing in these rarely fished waters with Giant Trevally and Blue Fin Trevally being the norm but also expect Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Great Barracuda and even the occasional Coral Trout.
My personal best fish was caught in these waters, a Blunt Nosed Six Gill Shark estimated 13 feet in length, never weighed as quick release of all sharks, rays and billfish is practiced.
Having lived in this area and accumulated countless contacts, I can definitely make your fishing experience one that you'll never forget!
Inshore fishing can produce similar catches of lesser sizes excluding the deep water species as waters fished are usually down to no more than 80 metres. Jigging can still be productive, popping opportunities are limited but bottom fishing tends to win the day.
A good distance to go inshore fishing is about 30 to 80 miles off the coast of Kota Kinabalu to hotspots like Mengalum and Mantanani. It can be tailored for a day or up to 4 days on either luxury boats or basic local fisherman's standard vessels.
Fishing from the shore is also available and particularly good around November till February for a variety of Stingray and Shovelnose Ray species.
A 15kg Dorado
A 15kg Wahoo