For me, it's the most elegant freshwater predator.
In my place, angling using casting technique will catch palung fish mostly. I can find palung in the rivers including Progo, Tinalah, Sepuri, Serang and the streams in Kulon Progo region of Yogyakarta.
The palung is a local name (Javanese) in my place. I am not a scientist, but I tried to find out the scientific classification of the fish. According to FishBase.org, the palung is known as hampala macrolepidota. Other common names are hampala barb (English), hampal (Bahasa Indonesia), sebarau (Malay) and pla kasoop (Thailand). It's a freshwater fish in the family of Cyprinidae.
The hampala resources describe that there are various species of hampala including Hampala ampalong, Hampala bimaculata, Hampala dispar, Hampala lopezi, Hampala macrolepidota, Hampala Sabana, Hampala salweenensis and might be there are some others. It is spread in the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.
As a non scientist, it might be better for me just to name the fish as palung. First time, I caught palung in late of 2016 which was also to be the beginning of my fishing stories.