Kuala means an estuary in Malay language. As the name suggested, Kuala Rompin is located next to the Rompin river. This once slept village used to be well known for its watermelon plantation, blue pincer prawns and off shore commercial fishing. Now you can find convenience shops, 7-11, and even fast food Kentucky fried chicken.
Next to Kuala Rompin is one of the world’s oldest rainforest, the Endau Rompin national park. This 200-million-years-old jungle has many hidden flora and fauna including the endanger Malaya rhinoceros, tapia, sun bear, tiger etc. We can occasional spot wildboard frolicking near the hotel or a troop of long tail/pig tail macaque monkey by the roadside. A huge monitor lizard is also a common sight. Even the jungle bird, Pier Hornbill is commonly spotted.
Things had changed, now, most anglers are visiting Rompin for their sailfish trills but bottom bait and squid fishing are quite common too especially for those who have enough sailfish.
Sailfish was a rare sight before 1998, it was only after a strong al Niño weather pattern in 1997-98 that the sailfish first appealed in huge school. Was it the weather that brought sailfish in to this area, yet to be known?
At that time, sighting of sailfish or even accidentally hooking it was common. Thus prompted captain Lam and his partner to start a fishing charter operating under their own tackle shops. Together with other tackle shops, promoting sailfishing and educating the boatmen, crews and anglers about catching and releasing began. It was that action in 1998, sport fishing for sailfish in Rompin really started. Many many anglers have since fished under our charter including even others fishing charter in Rompin.
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