Merv Low - Singapore
Merv Low kayak fishes within the 2nd busiest port in the world – Singapore! He has been kayak fishing since August 2009 when kayak fishing was almost non-existence in this part of the world. To jump start the hobby, he ordered an inflatable kayak from Ebay and has never looked back.
Since 2011, he has led numerous anglers to fulfill their dreams of landing a sailfish from a kayak through an event that he organizes once every 2 years – SailFish Madness. Through various invites and competitions including the Hobie Fishing Worlds Competitions, he has kayak fished in Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, USA, Indonesia and Amsterdam and is excited to add Panama to the list.
Fresh water kayak fishing is restricted in Singapore, so he spends hours exploring coral reefs, mangrove systems and structures left behind by old fish farms. Due to the fishing pressure, busy waterways and lack of fishery management there aren’t many big fish there but he is still happily kayak fishing for the wide variety of fishes he can target. Singapore is only 278 sq miles in size and at her widest point … it is only 26 miles across. so kayak fishing is anywhere from 10-50 minutes away from his home.
Queenfishes, Barramundis, Groupers, Red Snappers, Mangrove Jacks .. etc. are some of the species he targets in Singapore with each her own challenges and awesome memories. The ones that are really memorable to him are always away from home base! Getting his first largemouth bass on kayak in Texas was memorable!
The most notable catch would really be the sailfish! After a three hour drive up into neighboring country Malaysia, he has access to one of the best Sailfish fishing in Asia. The local fishing community called him crazy when he attempted sailfish fishing on an inflatable kayak.
His top 3 bucket list fish are:
1) Giant Trevally that’s over one meter in length or above 35kg to be landed from a kayak
2) The acrobatic Giant Tarpon
3) Fearsome looking cubera snapper and majestic roosterfish share an equal third place
We hope that he can fulfill his dream of catching both a roosterfish and cubera during the tournament but with his extensive experience we believe he will have a good chance!
Curious to see who else will be competing in the championship? Check out the other contestants here.