Sambo jigging - where to get started?

Hi all,

I'm a keen fisho at heart, who doesn't really find much time to fish nowadays. 

I got my first taste of jigging and popping during a trip with Nomad in 2008 and only after the trip realised that Perth was renowned for its Sambo fishery!


I'm keen to try it out and I have a few questions;

Do charter operators provide decent gear? (heard Shikari recommended a few times)

How rough does it get on average? (I do get sea-sick)

How many fish would a newbie realistically expect to catch during a day trip? (i.e. is it common for the inexperienced not to catch anything)



Any other info for a newbie would be appreciated.







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from what i know. you are

Fri, 2009-11-13 05:13

from what i know. you are never guaranteed a fish (thats fishing)as far as gear goes i would be taking my own including jigs, if you loose theirs you got to pay anyway. seasickness, not good but there are many ways to overcome that, our experience Travacalm original. they work a treat for my wife and she is a chronic sufferer


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Thanks, While catching a

Fri, 2009-11-13 05:46


 While catching a fish cannot be guaranteed, on majority of day-trip charters I've been on, a reasonable proportion of people come back having caught nothing. I've come to expect this as the 'standard'.

 I guess I'm wondering whether Sambo jigging is as good as I'm led to believe or, as an older thread described it, 'over hyped'.


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It varies day to day. Most

Fri, 2009-11-13 09:36

It varies day to day. Most of the time you'll have a very good chance of catching something. Most days you'll be limited to your jig supply and arm strength, but you get occasional days where you dont seem to find the schools, or they're not fired up. Though on the slow days I had last year, I still landed at least two fish with most people landing at least one or two. Unlike a bottom charter, you can pretty much expect to catch (or at least hook into) fish. You've got a pretty high chance of getting something (unlike bottom fishing charters), but as in all fishing, no guarantees.

As for newbie: are you a newbie on jigging or catching bigger fish? Put in the effort to learn in advance what to do and you should be in with a good chance (it'd be more unusual for you not to catch a few as long as you're jigging action is passable). If you've jigged on nomad, then you should be fine. What were you jigging for and did you do much?

Pretty sure shikari is a bit more than $200 now though (but as said, less people, and top notch gear).

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Newbie to both really.

Fri, 2009-11-13 12:07

Newbie to both really.

 The trip with Nomad last year was 90% popping for GTs.

 Got a couple of reef fish (coral trout/chinaman) while jigging, but have no experience otherwise. We were using some sort of SMITH  jigs can't remember what weights/depth though.


 I definately need to learn the techniques though, even knot tying.



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my first sambo jigging

Fri, 2009-11-13 07:05

my first sambo jigging charter was with Shikari a few years ago in November. We were lucky with the weather and got a glassy day but it's typically windy. All rods, reels and jigs were supplied and I was very impressed with the quality- Torsa's, Stella's, Van Staal gear etc. There was no cheap gear used at all. I landed 7 sambo's myself to 35kg and it was catch as many as your muscles let you. I'm not sure of his price now but it was only $175 pp then so maybe $200ish now. Highly recommended.
I've also jigged on the other bigger charters from Hillaries and would never bother again- too many punters, no order to jigging, plenty of pushing in, deckies fishing and taking over 30 mins to land fish while no one else had a line in the water etc. Definelty call Shikari.
I don't think any over hyped comments are justified. It may not be an exotic destination and you may not have the place to yourself, but it's still bloody good fun when it comes together, regardless of what it's caught on. There's far more "prestigious" fish out there for jiggers that are rarer to catch but for $200 you won't get cheaper fun.

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Fri, 2009-11-13 09:41

Heres a few sambo vids from 2005/2006.  Old gear now, but gives you an idea.


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Fri, 2009-11-13 09:59

Thanks, While catching a
Fri, 2009-11-13 05:46new

Thanks, While catching a fish cannot be guaranteed, on majority of day-trip charters I've been on, a reasonable proportion of people come back having caught nothing. I've come to expect this as the 'standard'. I guess I'm wondering whether Sambo jigging is as good as I'm led to believe or, as an older thread described it, 'over hyped'.


It varies with the ppl on board too. I went out last year three days in a row, first boat we got heaps as the ppl on board knew how to jig, second day different boat but same spot was slower though I got my few and so did some others but ppl were jigging like they were fishing with a soft plastic so couldn't excite them. I was watching the guy's i fished with the day before were back on the first boat again and ripping it up as they knew what to do. ppl have to listen when you try to teach

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Yeah - just gotta learn a

Fri, 2009-11-13 12:14

Yeah - just gotta learn a jigging technique. I went out plenty of times last year - the inexperienced blokes couldn't catch a thing... even when the sambos were thick & excited. In the end, the deckies had to jig the fish up & pass the rod over. Not fun. Meanwhile, all the experienced & fit blokes had the most fun. I've also seen plenty of people affected by sea sickness - poor buggers. It's a long way out & a long day to be suffering.

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Over in this thread; Jigging

Fri, 2009-11-13 12:38

Over in this thread; Jigging with Tony, J_D had a hard time with a non-jig rod, but once we put him onto my rod he was fine and got a hookup. The right kind of rod really helps with the action.


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loved it

Fri, 2009-11-13 16:47

yer, it was my first time jigging so i didnt have a jiggin rod, i think the rod is a must for more hits and action, i only got one hit all day from my non jigging rod but as soon as i switched rods it was totally different,

 being new to jiggin myself, i loved it, like all things it can take time to get good at, i still caught a sambo on my first trip so i'll think you'll do fine, just dont go for a 20km run before hand coz it does work you out.

 just gotta get my self a jiggin outfit, great way to have fun during the ban.

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Great exchange rate at the

Fri, 2009-11-13 17:12

Great exchange rate at the moment, should be a good time to get a nice outfit.

I reckon you have to use reasonable gear to get a good feel for this type of fishing. If you are given crap gear and don't catch anything because of it, it isn't gonna be great introduction to this type of fishing.


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If you go on a reputable

Fri, 2009-11-13 18:37

If you go on a reputable charter you can almost be sure you will get some fish as they do really know there stuff i went out with mills and they provided quality gear and jigs at no extra cost that is unless you start losing jigs. Inexperience doesnt matter as they are very good at what they do and will be able to show you the art of it very quickly and to be honest when the sambos are on the chew out there it really doesnt matter what you do as long as you have a hook in the strike zone you will be onto a good fish.

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Thanks for the advice everyone

Tue, 2009-11-24 22:00

Finally out there with Saltwater charters. Had an absolute ball. The first fish almost killed me, but after I rehydrated myself with water and coke I managed to land another five fish.


Craig's xzoga rods seemed nice, the reels on the other had weren't so 'tuff'. Time to think about getting some of my own gear.




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You just wait

Tue, 2009-11-24 22:29

Till someone puts you onto some BIG one's.


I got 3 days out next week booked.



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nice work there mate

Wed, 2009-11-25 12:39

jigging gets addictive......Tongue out