The Lampam Sungai / Tin-foil Barb (Puntius schwanenfeldii / Barbodes schwanenfeldii) is the most common species found in Malaysian rivers, found in large numbers in the calmer pools. Small Lampam make prime fodder for predators like the Toman and Sebarau. On light tackle, however, adult lampam will give good sport.
Gregarious biters, lampam will take a variety of baits like hoppers, worms and crickets. Small nymph flies can also be successful.
They may be found at all levels of the water column, but legering is the favoured method.
Scientific name: Puntius schwanenfeldii (Barbodes schwanenfeldii)
Common name: Tin-foil barb
Malay name: Lampam Sungai, Kepiat
Other names: Kepiek (West Sumatra), Tengadak (Sarawak)
Salient Features: Very flattened body, with silvery scales. Fins are red with black bands.
Preferred habitat: Slow to medium rivers and streams. Can occupy the entire water column.
Distribution: Most river systems of the Peninsula.
Sumatra, Borneo, Indochina
Record size: 2 kg.
Angling records: 2 kg., 16 in. std. length (unofficial): Bukit Beruntung, Selangor.
Conservation status: Very common
Diet: Omnivorous. Worms, insects, grubs, vegetable matter.
Common baits: Worms, banana pieces
Popular lures & flies: Tiny spoons. Nymphs like Montana, Gold-ribbed Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail etc.