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Kelong Fishing, Kelong Stay in Malaysia

Updated on October 22, 2010
Kelong Fishing in Malaysia
Kelong Fishing in Malaysia

Kelong Fishing

Fishing spots in Malaysia for Kelong Fishing and Deep Sea Fishing, so many to be explored. Some fishing tips when going on a Kelong Fishing Trip and Stay, in Malaysia.

For your knowledge, a Kelong is a Malay word to describe a form of offshore platform or structure (about 50 metres square) built with tree trunks, wood and planks. They can be found in the waters off Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. They are built primarily to attract fish and haul in the fish as they swim into the nets neatly blended with the structure built by the fishermen. Today, Kelong owners are allowing their kelongs to be used for fishing enthusiasts, where very affordable room and board are included.

Everyday there are at least 20 visitors to this page.  There seems to be an increasing interest in Kelong and Fishing.  There are over 5,000 people who have visited and read this page. If you have any good kelongs to recommend or an experience that you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment at the end of the page.

Resting on the Kelong Platform
Resting on the Kelong Platform

Fishing Trip and Stay at Kelongs

There are good number of Kelongs in Malaysia where one can stay and fish for a few days. Hotboys Kelong is about half an hour boat ride from Tanjung Leman in Johor, West Malaysia. Othe Kelongs off the coast of Malaysia include Ah Yau, Ah Fatt and a few others. Check out on forums, as their packages vary from bathing water to condition of kelong.

Delicious steamed garoupa @ Kelong
Delicious steamed garoupa @ Kelong

Kelong Fishing Packages

You may want to check on the Kelong Packages. For Hotboys owned by Singaporeans, the package at the time I went was $125 for two nights stay. It included breakfast, lunch and dinners and suppers. Coffee and Tea and hot water is available round the clock. Biscuit is available also. Simple bait like Squids is free those residing there. Ice to keep your fish fresh is also free flow. Fresh water brought from the mainland is also free flow which is important as you may want to bathe 3 times a day depending on the heat and humidity level. Every meal will see a combination of seafood like fish, squids, clamps, prawns, and crabs also. Yes, there will be variation of chicken, duck. vegetable and egg dishes too, and every meal comes with wonderful tasty soups. You will never get hungry. So far no PORK dishes are served. They have both Chinese and Malay cooks helping on the Kelong. You can buy bottled water, soft drinks and some snacks on the kelong also, still at affordable prices. Bring your own cup noodles, drinks and bottled water if you need to depend on them. 

Sometimes I wonder with a Kelong that is stocked with fresh seafood, a reasonable kitchen and space for dining, they may want to offer some special seafood menu like some seafood restaurants do.

Possible Activities on the Kelong

Depending on the Kelong facilities, such activities are available.

  1. Visit to nearby islands - either complimentary or need to pay for the boat ride. Cs an go on the beach and have sun tan in the afternoon and play in the shallow waters.
  2. Game of Mahjong with those interested parties.
  3. Kelongs may have games like Pool, carrom, board games.
  4. TVs and Karaoke sets available on board.
  5. Hiring boat to go into the open sea to fish can be arranged.
  6. Durian Season in June - tasty Durians at Hotboys from Pulau Tinggi nearby.

Salted Fish - Kelong Style

View of a Beautiful Sunrise after a Stormy Night from the Kelong in May 2009
View of a Beautiful Sunrise after a Stormy Night from the Kelong in May 2009

Kelong Fishes off East Malaysia

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30Kg BatangCobiaFlatheadRemoraLaimangRaySquidOctopusGaroupa
30Kg Batang
30Kg Batang
Cobia
Cobia
Flathead
Flathead
Remora
Remora
Laimang
Laimang
Ray
Ray
Squid
Squid
Octopus
Octopus
Garoupa
Garoupa

The Beautiful Sunset and Catches

Enjoy God's creation of beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the Kelong. Every one of them is different. The one above was captured just after a windy and stormy night at the Kelong in May 2009. If was a very safe night despite the strong winds. The Kelong is sheltered from strong waves from the treacherous South China Sea by an island. Most of us were deep asleep in that cool environment. At the burst of dawn our lines were out into the waters again and we had a good catch but they were smaller fishes. Our best catch this round was the baby garoupa and the flathead which we had for supper. Other fishes can be viewed in the slide show (credits go to Hotboys Kelong).

Fishing Equipment and Baits

Fishing rods are available for rent on the Kelong. For baits, the kelong supplies free flow of squids. Prawns are recommended, depending how many of you are going, better to get at least 2 Kgs of prawns for a 2 night stay there. We used 3 Kgs for the 3 of us for 2 nights stay. You may want to use some apollo hooks which has some bright colour threads at the end. They can be bought at fishing stores for about $2 per packet with a string of 5 to 6 decorated hooks. For fishing squids, ask the fishing store owner to recommend some special hooks for catching squids. Among the 3 of us, we had a total of about 10 rods with different lengths and strengths.

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  • earnwati profile image

    Ernawati 

    5 years ago from Indonesia

    nice,,,,

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    Theangler 

    7 years ago from UK

    WOW that is dream fishing :) i love fishing and writing about it, awesome hub

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    jollytan 

    7 years ago from Singapore

    The capsized boat came from was Ah You kelong. Ah You seems to have the best facilities for fishing according to some friends. Because of this boat accident, all the kelongs are temporarily closed from 26 Dec 2010. The sea is still choppy and they do not want another similar accident. If you want to fish there, call them to check when there are open for business again.

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    jollytan 

    7 years ago from Singapore

    Boat capsized off the Tanjung Lehman Jetty on 26 Dec 2010. Four died and one still missing. Please insist on using the life-jacket, and ensure that there are not more than 13 passengers on any of those ferrying boats.

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    SmithPro 

    8 years ago

    I like the look of that 30kg Batang - I bet that put up a good fight. The thought of garoupa for supper sounds great too - yum yum.

    Mark

    www.telescopicfishing-rod.com

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    NickTan 

    8 years ago

    very informative with beautiful photos especially the one with the big batang fish

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    jollytan 

    8 years ago from Singapore

    I will be at hotboys kelong again from tomorrow 30 May 2010, till tuesday. Understand that not much of a fish season but green eyed squid. Will be bringing hooks for squids. Will return with more information.

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    Benny 

    9 years ago

    Yup, hope to see u during our forth coming kelong trip which will be on the long weekend of November Fri 27, Sat 28 and Sun 29 of 2009. U can email me at bennyng.14@gmail.com if u are going. Wld love to meet up with u.

    C ya. Benny

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    Benny 

    9 years ago

    Sorry, my last msg has some spelling/typo grammatical errors. thanks for an excellent page.

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    jollytan 

    9 years ago from Singapore

    Thanks for sharing again. It is unfortunate that some are kiasu when it comes to food, etc... You can actually ask the cook to cook some Maggi mee for you if you are hungry (bring your own packets of Maggi mee along with you). They can help you cook.. but remember to give them a small tip to appreciate their effort. Be friendly with them... that is the way to go. Hope to meet you one day. November can catch a lot of Selar.

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    Benny 

    9 years ago

    We caught only a few small fishes, but its the freedom and fresh air and no stresss that's more important. My friends and me had a great time. We are planning to go again this coming November long weekends and certainly any other long weekends.

    Only other comment was that we found the food quantity insufficient for a table of 10, having to sit with starngers whom wld pile their food onto their plates like a stack of HDB flats, typical kaisu sydrome of singaporeans.

    Also disgusted were seeing some visitors using the scare fresh water to wash their fishing tackels and ice boxes when it took such a hard time for the fisherman/keong boys to being in fresh water from land. These people has no brains.

    Otherwise, overall, excellent vacation. I used to go to the Singapore kelongs off marine parade when I was a little kid during the 50's as my mum loves to visit them., such a sad sight no more kelongs aorund S'pore these days. Kids nowadays won't know the feeling and fun of going onto a kelong, all they will ever know is stare at computers.

    Excellent that u responded. Wow, u r great.

    Benny

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    jollytan 

    9 years ago from Singapore

    Benny...this is great! You enjoyed your time at the Kelong. Hope you had a good catch of sizeable fishes.

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    Benny 

    9 years ago

    I visited this kelong u mentioned about 3 weeks ago with some friends, the manager was very friendly and accomodative, living environments was very acceptable and it was fun....just have to rough it out. If u have served National Service tis is nothing. If u have not, than be prepared for roughness. It depends on how u adapt to the environments, if u want an air-conditioned luxury accommodation or butler service and meals served to yr room, go stay at 6 star hotels and pay a bomb. we paid only RM$210 for a 3 d 2 n stay inclusive of free boat ride to n fro plus 4 meals a day; where to find such cheap and affordable holiday? We plan to go again whenever there's a long weekend.

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    Dvn 

    9 years ago

    It look very delicious and happy.

  • jollytan profile imageAUTHOR

    jollytan 

    9 years ago from Singapore

    Thanks for your comment.  To each his own.  It all depends on what you are looking for.  It meets my expectations thus far.  I know of some who have been there a few times a year. 

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    Angler 

    9 years ago

    The Kelong tat u recommend was the worst kelong i went in term of their service....

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