What is it like to go deep sea fishing in Sabah waters? For one, you are almost always assured of a good catch, come rain or shine. Because Sabah is located at the ideal spot, with shallow waters around the coast of Sabah, and the deep sea further out.
Where you go fishing depends on the type of catch you are interested in. Some species are found in shallow waters, in and around the various islands of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah. While other species of fish can only be found in deeper waters of more than 100m.
For short fishing trips, we might head out to the waters around Mengalum Island, north-west of Kota Kinabalu. It takes about 3 hours to get there with our boat, the 7 Star. The waters here are less than 100m deep, and the type of catches are Grouper, Red Snapper, Barracuda, Travelly, Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna and Mackeral to name a few.
Heading towards Matanani Island, off the coast of Kota Belud is a trip of 6 hours with the 7 Star. So where we ultimately fish depends on how long you charter our boat for. With adequate time, we might head to the waters near an island, stop for day to do some fishing before we continue out to deeper waters the next day.
In the deep sea, with depths of more than 150m, you can expect to catch Amberjacks, Ruby or Black Groupers. These types of fishes are typically found in deep waters, also these fishes are largely in size and you can expect a good fight. Travel time out to deep waters can take up to 8 or 10 hours.
Fishing in the waters of Layang-Layang island, also known as Swallow Reef, is a 10 hour journey with the 7 Star. This is recommended for long charters, as the fishing here is particular good. The International Game Fishing Tournament Labuan 2010 is held here, as was the case in the previous years.
So, if deep sea fishing is for you, drop us an email and we can give you more details. Let us know your schedule, and we can work out your fishing trip. Alternatively, you can call us, our contact information is found at the bottom of this page.