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Post Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:42 am    Post subject: Borneo Black Bass

Hi. heading back to Sarawak again in April but this time I will get in a fish for barra and jacks near Miri. I am trying to find out about the black bass fishing in the Borneo / Kalimantan area. I have tracked down some info but it is really hard to find how to contact local guides etc. The black bass population is apparently the only one outside of PNG. Any clues appreciated. Planning a trip there in the dry in 2014 for a few weeks fishing. One place i have found looks interesting. Riverside tenting, dugout canoeing downstream all day and then by road transport back to base camp in evening. Pretty basic but it sounds interesting. To get there I need to fly out of Jakarta to Kalimantan and then a few flights from there, then another 5 hours in a 4wd. I'm still chasing this one up but there are other rivers in Sabah in the border that have reasonable populations that look interestng too. cheers


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

Can't comment on Borneo black bass, but Borneo's Sipadan Island is the best snorkel and dive you could ever do - walk off the beach and then 20m to a straight coral wall 2000ft deep. Marlin jumping in eyeshot of the beach. No fishing tho.

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

I've spoken to a guide over there called Martin Wiles.......he operates from Sabah........yet to cofirm anything with him yet.........he says that the Black Bass there DNA up as mangrove jack..........if you have seen pictures you will know they look nothing like jack and IMO are bass.......I have caught Bass in PNG/ New Britain and the fish from Borneo/Sabah are bass as far as i care.

The guy that owns the tackle shop in Lankawi showed me some awesome pics of really large fish....50lb plus......love to get over there in the future and have a crack......much easier than going to PNG again from here and cheaper.


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

They look different to me. Have a look at this link and although similar they are different http://www.fishonmag.com/issues/BorneoBlackBass/

I'll do some research while i am there this trip. I have heard there is a group of people in Bali that fish for bass and other species in Kalimantan. I had a contact and will have to find it and see if I can get more info. On ground costs for 6 days was around $800 all up. Just a few cheap flights on top of that.

As we all know, once out of Aus it is cheap as chips to get around. I don't mind roughing it so it all comes pretty easy.

Getting plenty ticked off my bucket list so its all good.


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

On my way in April, will pass on info when im back. Cheers.


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

Great link Rossco, thanks for sharing that. Will eagerly await the outcome from yours & also Barratroopers 1 's exploration trips.
Bucket list here I come..........Cheers Washo


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

April not really a great time, but that's when I'm in Indo . My wife is from Indo, so that will help! Sept seems the best time. Great story and pics at fishy forum, and another at fishing kaki forum.


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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

hi guys, i'm new this site. Rossco and Barratrooper1 do you mind sending me information on fishing operator you went/going with. thanks.


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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

Will pm you details of a contact soon. Its a bit ruff,bit indiana jones style,talking tents on the river bank and the like, and Sept/Oct seems to be the time.


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Post Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Borneo Black Bass

Thanks Barratrooper1. I'm keen to tick BB of my catchlist asap. Any info on operators and approx pricing will be appreciated.


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