Sambo carnage

Hi all,

we headed out on Sunday morning for our first crack at sambos for the season. Fishing in 120m we had no trouble hooking up.

However despite regular hookups, we failed to land a single one. I am confident it is not the gear, more of a technique/experience issue.

With the drag fully loaded, they were still peeling line off and we were taken to ground several times resulting in the 150lb leader busting. When we did get the fish mid water they were quickly sharked (resulting in the kevlar assist hooking busting and in one case the 400g jig getting bent at 90 degrees). Despite a lot of action, the only thing we got to the boat was a 2.5m bronze whaler.


Does anyone have any advice on tackling sambos once hooked to avoid the reef and sharks? Is shallow jigging a better option?







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if sharks are there dont feed them

Mon, 2012-10-22 20:35

 move on to another spot, frustrating seeing boats sitting at the same spot all day feeding sharks...


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agree mate, we have already

Mon, 2012-10-22 20:55

agree mate, we have already made the call not to go there this year, too many sharks already.

but there is one wreck which i was told has no sharks on it yet, they got a few sambos and a coulple of ambers up no probs a few weeks back, might try that one maybe

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move into the 40m mark look

Mon, 2012-10-22 20:38

move into the 40m mark look for fish in there
too many sharks out deep youll rarely ever beat them


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Last report I have on the

Wed, 2012-10-24 22:14

Last report I have on the barges were that 2 of the 3 were full of sharks, the third had no fish.....


I agree, stay away from the barges if they have sharks, as we are just stuffing up a once great catch and release will not get many past the sharks if they are there, regardless of gear.


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Agreed, no point fishing

Fri, 2012-10-26 14:46

Agreed, no point fishing barges with sharks on them, they are not going anywhere unless we stop fishing them. Sharks are only there because they can get an easy feed

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Definitely 40m mark

Fri, 2012-10-26 13:24

Stick the 40m mark, there are some good schools around most of the time and a lot easier work than in 100m +


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 stop fishing the barges or

Sat, 2012-11-10 19:16

 stop fishing the barges or wrecks in that magic 110m-122m zone and find some shallows for the past 3 years sharks have almost hit them relentlessly, your wast5ing time and wasting fish. get down on the 12-60m an area with feeding fish and no sharks cahal i gave you a spot last year thts holding sambos at the moment?