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Malaysian Red Mahseer At Tasik Kenyir – The King Got Caught!

Malaysian Red Mahseer At Tasik Kenyir – The King Got Caught!

Kelah (Tor Tambroides sp) is one of Malaysia’s precious ecological heritages.

It is of very high economic value too. Anglers are willing to spend high sums of money to meet this species! Close relatives to Mahseer species of India (Tor spp.) and several other countries in Asia. The Kelah (a.k.a Malaysian Red Mahseer) invariably represents the ultimate challenge for anglers. To locate this is already a challenging job. Finally, the angler has to challenge with its extreme strength before it can be brought to the river bank, to be photographed and released. In fact, lot of cases that it’s the angler who is the first to exhaust, and fail to land the fish.”

Kelah, live wild in Malaysia National Park and become the main attraction for angler to test their expertise with the sacred fish. Kenyir is the most popular place for angler to reach the fish habitat. Using a boathouse as the base camp, the angler team will be guided by a boatman from the boathouse to cast the fish in this remote lake. Tasik Kenyir boathouse will park near the river that is detected as the home for this species and the boatman will guide angler to track upstream to find the best spot for fishing.

Clever and tricky is the best words that can describe Kelah as it only take your bait when it feels safe and calm without present of human. Thus, hunting this fish will require angler to stay silent and undetected by the fish. Therefore, the boatman will guide you the best trick and location to wait before the fish take your bait. The fish is very addicted to “Sawit” a.k.a palm and you can see yourself when you dropped the bait in the river group of small Kelah gathered to eat but the baby fish is not the main concern for any angler. Thus, the boathouse provides tons of “Sawit” to bait the species to come near the fishing area for the angler.

Usually, Tasik Kenyir Boathouse will park in the middle of 3 rivers joint, Terengganu River, Cicir River and Perpek River as these river is popular home for Kelah and the boathouse will be seeding tons of “Sawit” hoping that the sacred species from these 3 rivers will come downstream and take the bait. Tasik Kenyir Boathouse is the best medium to hunt the fish as it is mobile and guide is experienced boatman in fish hunting. Angler from all over the world will find the boatman to cruise them to this river as it takes 6 hours of boathouse riding and it is hard to reach by land.

About Tasik Kenyir Boathouse

Tekong David is the marketing manager of His website lists Tasik Kenyir Resort and Tasik Kenyir Boathouse for rent. He occasionally writes about Tasik Kenyir giving information on how to find them. For more information, visit

About M. Haffiz Ahmad

M. Haffiz Ahmad Adalah Seorang Penternak dan Pembekal Anak Benih Ikan Kelah Di Machang, Kelantan, Menjadikan Domain Sebagai Pentas Untuk Berkongsi Info Berita Berkaitan Ikan Kelah dan Akuakultur Di Malaysia. Semoga Bermanfaat :)

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