My biggest Samson Fish

My  biggest Samson Fish

 I've just recent moved down to Albany to live. Anyway been out only a few times in the boat mostly more exploring than fishing but a little amount of fishing each time. Already found lots of new good ground but not much demersal fish landed yet, though lost a Dhu already at the side of boat. Had a few unstopables. Found a few Swallowtail and Breaksea Cods. Got a few Sambos in the 80cm-120cm range. Then I got the biggest hardest longest fight with a Sambo I'd ever had. I'll let the pic do most of the talking. I didn't have anything long enough to measure it proper but nearly as big as me and that heavy I couldn't  lift it off the ground. 


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 Absolutely huge .. done well

Thu, 2015-03-26 07:40

 Absolutely huge .. done well stopping that freight train , how’s the back holding up? geez mine's hurting looking at it .. great pic as well 

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 I already have back and

Thu, 2015-03-26 07:49

 I already have back and shoulder problems, so yeah sorta still recovering, but worth it aye.

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 This capture was a complete

Thu, 2015-03-26 07:56

 This capture was a complete solo effort, to land it I tail roped it then sort of dunked it down in the water then hauled it up and over the side. To take the pic I slid the fish half into position focused on the back seat section. The camera/phone was held in a rag as a cradle on the front seat, then used a 10 second timer.

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 Crazy, that thing's a

Thu, 2015-03-26 08:01

 Crazy, that thing's a monster! Top solo effort bud

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 Awesome fish :) well done

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:04

 Awesome fish :) well done

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bloody hell!

Thu, 2015-03-26 10:30

bloody hell!

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 Thats huuuuuge.Well done

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:46

 Thats huuuuuge.Well done solo as well double points. 

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That is an absolute fecking

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:53

That is an absolute fecking horse mate. Awesome!!

What gear did you get him on?

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 I was using a Stella 20000

Thu, 2015-03-26 19:56

 I was using a Stella 20000 with 60lb braid and a Terez  40-100lb rod. Using a whole herring for bait.

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Lol. Probably a good thing.

Thu, 2015-03-26 20:12

Lol. Probably a good thing.

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My back hurts

Thu, 2015-03-26 20:13

 Mt back hurts just looking at that monster, well done Daniel

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 Well done Dan! Don't hear

Thu, 2015-03-26 22:54

 Well done Dan! Don't hear many reports from you on here these days, but when we do they are a big fish from a small boat with a great story, well done again!

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I didnt think they got that big great catch!

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:47

Gotta put that in for POTM - got my vote already.

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 looks like a morwong with

Mon, 2015-03-30 19:00

 looks like a morwong with the big lips

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POTM!

Mon, 2015-03-30 20:23

Hands down. Already won.

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jeez

Tue, 2015-03-31 07:35

 Jeez Danny you have had some monsters over the years but thats pretty bloody epic and solo too.

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 Cheers for the comment

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:29

 Cheers for the comment fisho's was stoked with this capture. The only down side I thought was it died before I could try and put it back. Taking the pic solo took a bit of time. Anyway I got it home covered in wet towels and ice so it  kept okay. No one else was home and I really struggled to get it back out of the boat. I had to half slide it up against the side, then tail rope it again then jump out and haul it out using my full body weight. Surprisingly  when cleaning it I found the meat to be quite firm and white mostly. There was a mall section around the stomach that didn't look as good so kept that for berley. I froze quite a few packs and tried some two days later. It was really good seriously, I had been told before that southern Sambos tasted better/good but didn't really believe it until now. I definitely will keep more down here in the future.

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Amazing solo effort, that is

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:41

Amazing solo effort, that is a monster.
Good to hear it was ok on the plate and all of it didn't just go in the burley bucket.
Nice one.

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 your foot lokked like an

Tue, 2015-03-31 19:04

 your foot lokked like an extended lip

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