Anyone who has traveled around the world chasing billfish on fly knows how frustrating it can be to successfully land one.
At Kuala Rompin, sometimes we get lucky, sailfish everywhere and chasing down food aggressively. We refer to these sailfish as new arrivals. These new fish just seem more willing to woof down everything these come upon. In situations like these, which is not uncommon in Kuala Rompin, it is pure sight-fishing ecstasy. When that happens, you’re at the right place at the right time.
At most times however, you’ve got to work for them, and work hard, too. Using teasers, either trolled or casting hookless popper as teaser. And you need to be a competent fly caster – and a very quick one.
Casting a hookless popper as a teaser is I feel, the most exciting way to catch a Kuala Rompin sailfish on fly. To attempt this, the conditions must be just right, which does happen all the time.
Here are some things you should prepare for if you’re planning your (especially first) Kuala Rompin sailfish fly fishing trip:
- Casting on unstable footing – rocking boat
- Ability to present your fly to any direction in very very short notice
- Half the time you will be facing the wrong direction, practice that back cast delivery
- Able to shoot off a cast very quickly – fly in hand, one (or two) back cast, reasonable distance (the further you can cast, the more fish you can reach and the more waters your fly can cover)
- Used to casting big wind resistant flies, quickly
- Comfortable handling 12 weight rods or heavier, big reels and heaving shooting head lines