Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will probably spend most weekends looking for the perfect fishing spot with his friends or family.
That’s not the real proverb, of course, but for some people, this modified saying sums up a big part of their life. There are men – and women – who find absolute joy in fishing, whether in the open sea, a quiet lake or a river, deep in the jungle.
Perhaps it is the thrill of the catch excites them, or maybe the peaceful reverie they experience while patiently waiting for something to bite. Whatever it is, fishing is the perfect activity for anyone wishing to escape their chaotic city life. Here are some coveted fishing spots in Selangor, as recommended by enthusiasts.
Tanjung Harapan (Cape of the Good Hope) is a 2km-stretch of shoreline that borders the Port Klang Golf Resort. There are several jetties there for you to fish from, but do take note that you would need to pay entrance fees for most of them.
Fees will also depend on the respective jetty owners. Among the more popular jetties include Sea Lion and Pak Harun. The view of the sunset from this cape is spectacular, too.
To get to this mangrove island, you would need to take a ferry from the Port Klang Jetty. The island is surrounded by mud flat areas and has four neighbouring fishing villages (Ketam Island Township, Bagan Teo Chew, Sungai Lima and Sungai Dua).
Tickets for the ferry start from RM6; the jetty operates from as early as 7.30am, and closes at 6.30pm (weekdays). On weekends, the closing time is at 7.30pm.
If you’re not into fishing, you can also take a walk along the shore or tour the island on a rented bicycle (RM5 a day). There’s lots of fresh seafood you can buy near the jetty, or just walk into any of the many restaurants to enjoy some delicious food.
Also known as Pematang Sedepa, One Fanthom Bank refers to two lighthouses that face one another – you can fish from either one.
You would need to take a boat ride from Tanjung Harapan or Port Klang Jetty to get there, though, but don’t worry as there are several companies that provide this service. If you are skillful (or lucky) enough, you may just catch some really big fish here.
This island is a lush green island that owes much of its history to the Bugis community, who were among its earliest settlers. You would need to take a boat from Pangkalan Jeram (about two hours’ drive from Shah Alam) to the island.
Although there are no official boat services here, there are plenty of local fishermen who would be able to take you to the island for a small fee.
Some of the fish that are available to catch here include the Spanish Mackerel, Golden Snapper and Fourfinger Threadfin.
Turn your fishing trip into a family outing at either Pantai Jeram, a 2km-long beach popular with the locals, or its neighbouring beach, Pantai Remis.
While you fish, your family or friends can enjoy a picnic spread, take a cool dip in the water or just walk along the shore. The place can get crowded on weekends and public holidays, though.
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Gallery: Popular fishing places in Selangor
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