What fishing gear to bring – Kuala Rompin fishing tackle checklist

What fishing gear to bring – Kuala Rompin fishing tackle checklist

Though saltwater fishing off Kuala Rompin normally means catching the acrobatic sailfish, there are many other fishes in the South China Sea (pun intended). This checklist below acts as a quick general guide on what to pack into your tackle box for a fishing trip at the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Fishing boats

Sailfish Terminal Tackle

  • Circle hooks size 5/0 – 6/0
  • Fluorocarbon or mono leader 60 to 80 pound (5 metres or 15 feet per terminal tackle)
  • Mainline 40 pound and above (recommended), 30 pound (minimum) braid or mono (300 yards on spool)
  • Reels with smooth drag (very important)
  • Fishing rod of PE3 – PE5

Fly Fishing 

  • 12 – 14 weight recommended
  • Weight Forward floating or sink tip lines
  • Plenty of backing
  • Single or tandem hook flies
  • Spare rod and lines


  • Sabiki jigs for catching baitfish – size 7 or 8
  • Hooks of various sizes for bottom fishing
  • Weights from sizes 4 to 7
  • Micro jig and butterfly jigs up to 80g if you fancy some jigging action – most commonly used are 20-40g jigs
  • Wire trace – at least 40 pound – for toothy fish such as spanish mackerel
  • Squid jigs. Pink-Orange works most times (peak season is around July-August)
  • Balloons to use as float (optional)

Casting lures and popping for sailfish

When the sailfish bite is hot, especially during the peak season, it could be your opportunity for some top-water action. Bring poppers and pencil/hard-bodied swimbait. Hook-up rates are better with single hook or twin hook compared to trebles. Much safer, too.

Water depth

The coastal waters off Kuala Rompin is generally not deep. Mostly around 30 metres (100 feet).

Boats of Rompin

Most charter boats are custom fiber boats that average 30 – 40 foot length. They are comfortable and fast enough.

How many rods to bring?

If there will be many anglers on board, cooperation will be essential so as to fish comfortably. 2 rods setup per angler will suffice. One medium-heavy tackle and one light-medium setup. Or even only one medium setup will do as I’ve observed there are always plenty of rods & reels around the boat ready for action.


The list above is not conclusive and acts only as a general guide for the uninitiated. Tackle (usually only rod and reel) may also be included into your fishing package, so do check. It is good practise to always check with your fishing guide or captain as they will have up-to-date current news on what is biting!

Finally, always practise catch and release. You are not a fish-monger, so take only what you personally can consume immediately. Good luck and happy fishing!

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Leave a comment below to let us know what you think or if you feel something is missing from the list above.


  1. Frogfish says

    Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Non coorperative angler/s will be thrown overboard. I hope the team and I repeat TEAM as we need to work as ONE understands the meaning of 2 rods/setup per person. I don’t want to get my eye almost poked again by someone’s unnecessary, unused and idling rod this trip! Like diving or any other adventure sports, the aim to go, do the sport and return home safely. No Bill Dances on the boat please. If you hook your ****, I am afraid you are on your own. Sorry, I don’t do weeny and I am sure the others don’t either.

  2. sportfishin says

    Glad to have you on board.
    Having a safety first attitude and being a considerate fisher will make many more fun trips possible.

  3. Frogfish says

    Alamak! I was hoping for an Alien Invasion but I kena Asian Invasion of the In-law kind. The wave of attack will reach my home tomorrow. I am already nauseous thinking about it. I have to sit down and take a Novamin now. Gulp! Can someone suggest a budget hotel at Rompin? Looks like I have to check in before our schedule fishing trip to get sufficient shut eyes. Real bummer, toadfish was a better suprise.

    • sportfishin' asia says

      There are many reels that you can use as long as they have a smooth drag and can spool at least 300 yards of line. 30 to 40 pound test lines are most suitable for Sailfish although you can go lighter. Too light a setup may extend the fight unnecessarily and stress the fish too much which is bad for catch and release. Match your rod to the line used and reel.

      Tight lines and happy fishing!

  4. Expat Fisho says

    I am an Expat living in KL. I have had some great trips to Rompin on the Sail Fish. Now I wish to invest in my own gear.

    Please can someone recomend a 20kg rod e.g. Daiwa Saltiga or Shimano? I have a Xtoga 25kg. any thoughts on this brand as I have not heard of it.

    Any advice on the colour and brand of POPPERS OR Jiggs favoured at Rompin would also be a help.

    Advice appreciated!

    • says

      Congratulations on investing in your own gear.

      I find rod makes a very personal choice as many rods will work for Rompin. You did not mention the reel you are using. You’ll need to match the rod to that, too.

      Xzoga is the product of a Malaysian company, The Season Tackle, that also produces fishing rods and other products under the Lemax and recently launched Gawas brands.

      I have not noticed any brand of poppers or jigs that consistently out-catches another (it’s tough hooking a sail with popper! Hope you have better success).

      I usually carry jigs within the colour range of silver/chrome, chartreuse, pink.

      Happy fishing and thanks for reading the blog.

      • Expat Fisho says

        Thank you. for Reel I am using a SHIMANO THUNNUS C14 12000 Baitrunner loaded with 40lb braid (400 yards). it is the rod where I am struggling. I am looking for a 6-88feet fast taper rod in 30-40lb glass. I have a Ztoga TAKA PI-7710 P10G with a max Drag of 25kg. I worry the rod maybe too heavy?? aby advice on type of rod would be appreciated!


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