Exciting progress and pictures from one of our Broadacre farmers in WA's Eastern wheatbelt !!

Rob has been committed to improving his farms soil health and sustainability for over 10 years now, and is seeing great results from using SAMPI Hydrolysate.

Healthy, aerated soil, brimming with earthworms and benficial funghi in the rhizome is probably a rarity in this hostile environment, but it's testament to Robs perserverance to do things differently....and for the better !

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To: Charles - Fish Trade
Subject: tests


Sorry to take so long to get back to you.

I should say that fish products are not high-analysis NPK type fertilisers, and therefore you'll never dazzle anyone with test results unless there was something dazzling there.....and there ain't. Selenium, I have no idea what a good level is, as I couldn't find anther product with selenium tested. This is a human-nutrition element, and good soil levels inevitably lead to healthy levels in the food growth .....but not in more healthy plant growth. You get a few products where it's claimed the N % is 5.9%, and you just know fully well that they've bumped the N up with added urea....especially given that the product ain't all that thick. And these days, smart farmers KNOW this. They also know fully well that they can buy a 50kg bag of urea with 46.6% N for under 30 bucks. If they want straight N, they don't expect to find it in fish! What they expect is a product which is nice and thick, and those who know what they're talking about know that a good oil % is invaluable. It's soil food rather than straight plant food. It contains stuff that feed bacteria and fungi in the soil, and the activities and enzymes excreted by these bugs are just as essential for healthy plant-growth as N's and P's and K's. Basically, if you place TOO much emphasis on the nutritional analysis, you'll get people comparing it with chemical products with higher analyses.....and you'll lose out every time as a result.

The product smells pleasant. It flows well. It's thick. It doesn't block filters. It doesn't appear to coagulate. It makes a damned fine microbial product. Just had a client on the phone last night raving about the results he had from an application he put on last Friday (of fish-included microbial product).


Jeff Harvie
AGrowPlan Consultancy
P.O. Box 3500
Rockhampton S.F., QLD 4701    www.agrowplan.com

From Anthony Quinlan; Agronomist

The usage of this type of product is certainly on the rise in many forms of agriculture, particularly in intensive horticulture and orchards/vineyards. The drive for this demand is mostly due to the increase in awareness of how fish products and products like it actually work in the soil and how they are applicable in a production system.

As far as a comparative reference in terms of amounts used in agricultural systems at present - I'm unsure and unaware of any data. But my experience in Australia and the US would point an exponential growth of these types of inputs. A lot of this is a direct result of information reaching the farmers on the benefits of using the products and perhaps more so of the damage that conventional products have on the soil.

Rates would be in the order of 20-200L per hectare

The SAMPI product is a high quality material. Most commercial fish products on the market are fish emulsions - meaning that the oil component has been removed (which is used in cosmetics) , these emulsions are quite good additives but do not compare to a fish hydrolysate - which has the oil still in it.

Just about all of these products on the market have had an additional nitrogen source added to them usually in the form of urea. This is mainly due to the fact that people like to see high numbers on the nutrient analysis sheet, as they are usually comparing them to a chemical fertilizer. Whereas they should be looking for the amount of oil in the product as it plays a huge role in how the fish works.

Basically a fish product is just made up of protein, amino acids and enzymes and generally do not have high numbers of anything in the analysis - they have a little of everything but - The main point to understand about these products is that they are not fertilizers in the conventional meaning - they are food sources for organisms in the soil and this is how they work. They have a great ability to stimulate nutrient cycling by feeding the biology in the soil and fish oil is a particularly good food source for enhancing beneficial fungal species in the soil. Fungi is generally lacking in most agricultural systems as they are destroyed by excessive use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides etc. Fungi produce antibiotics and are responsible to a large extent to the natural disease suspensiveness of a healthy soil system.

Bacteria and micro-fungi, among other organisms, are the most numerous microbes in the soil and are essentially the storehouse of most of the nutrient that is available to plants in a healthy soil system. Fertilizers such as superphosphate are salts that with over use wipe out much of the beneficial biology and sets the stage for reliance on fungicides and pesticides. Without adequate biology present nutrient availability is restricted and soil structure decline is inevitable. Which leads to further dependence on chemical inputs.

For example: lower order plants such as grasses and early succession weeds are favoured by a bacterially dominated soil. Higher order plants such as shrubs, vines, fruit trees etc (palm oil trees) require or are favoured by a more fungal dominated soil. This is how it works in nature and is readily achieved in an intensive cropping system. If there is no fungi in the soil when you are trying to grow a plant that desires such conditions you will be caught in the vicious cycle of high inputs of soluble fertilizers and the pesticides that follow.

My work as a soil consultant is mainly with operations who are interested in reducing chemical usage and who are motivated to working towards a more sustainable system. There is certainly a ground swell of this type of approach, but you have to know how the biology works. You have to have the biology for a start.

I produce a biological inoculum in liquid form to re-introduce beneficial biology to soil if it has been damaged after chemical abuse. Fish hydrolysate is used in the manufacture of this inoculum and is a critical component of the soil programs I use to enhance the biology.

We have a strong working relationship with UWA in this field and are slowly putting some much needed science behind the workings of these methods.

From a cost angle, you could certainly argue for a $ for $ basis in comparison to a conventional regime. Every site is different, but there is a period of conversion from a chemical to a biological system which may be slightly more costly to begin with, but as the system develops all inputs are reduced in the short to medium term.

The other big question is what cost do you put on the environmental impacts that chemical fertilizers have? Soil erosion, structure decline, ground water and river pollution are all related. There is no question that current practices are unsustainable, most people know it, its just that most don't know how to start to turn things around. There is a real shift in paradigm needed. For instance- even at current usage there is only 20-30 years left of rock phosphate deposits left on the planet.

The fish product shouldn't be looked upon as a stand alone replacement for fertilizers used up until now, but as a major part of a system aim at eliminating all other inputs as the biology improves in the soil.

hope I haven't gone off on too much of a tangent, but I could go on forever!

if there is anything else let me know


0429 107 946    

Hi Charles,

Have just started using the fish again after not using it at all this year. Had heard the opinion that dont use fish as foliar-- it can cause fungal problems. Well I haven't used it and have had MORE fungal problems than ever before.!!!!!!!!!So I have 1/2 a shuttle and that will get me through this season ok. Next season I'll go back using it more.

Cheers Kym 



Sampi Baits and Berley



Jewfish and bream catchI have attached a picture of part of the catch on the first day that the bream turned up at Jumpinpin on Sunday 27th May 2007

My friend and I had been down there in the boat waiting for two weeks for the first bream to show up. Two days after he left the bream arrived. Therefore I could not get a photograph with one of us with the fish.

The photo shows an 18kg Jewfish (Mulloway) and the bulk of the bream catch - another dozen or so were still alive in a bag over the side of the boat. The total one day score was 1 Jew and 47 bream. The PVC pipe is the weighted berley cage into which is loaded one of your Tuna Slabs.

The Tuna Slabs last just over 36 hours which is an excellent result for fast flowing water in that channel.
Other boats around me at the time were catching the odd bream now and then. I think the bulk of the bream were hanging around the Tuna Slab Berley right at the stern of my boat.
Using the Tuna Slabs as berley I do not have to cast and just drop the hook right behind or near the berley cage.

The score for the day would have been higher but I was trying out a couple of different types of hooks. One type was quite deadly but proved to be too weak - three hooks were straightened out on large bream. That proves that the berley attracts all sizes not just small fish.

On Tuesday 12 June I will be back at Jumpinpin for three weeks and should have a couple of visitors drop in. I will try to get a photograph of myself or them with a decent haul of bream.

Naturally, I can hardly wait for the next few days to pass - I am keen to get back among the bream and Jew. In an attempt at a record catch I will fish with barb less hooks which should allow for a higher score. Fishing barb less allows for the hook to slide out and saves wrestling with each fish caught to extract the hook.
My reputation as an angler has leapt to great heights but I know that it is a result, not of skill but of using Tuna Slabs as berley.

Thank you again for supplying me with Sampi logs and tossers. They are pure magic.

Frank Richardson

Hi Charles,

Franks Shark Thanks for your suggestion of keeping the average size bream and releasing the larger breeders. After phoning my brother on mobile (he is still on the boat and fishing) we agreed to put your suggestion into practice. We were, I think, just a bit excited about catching quality as well as quantity once again and got a little carried away with the performance of the Tuna Slabs. You are right - the large breeders should be released.

This report is sketchy and I have only two photographs to back it up. My camera was damaged shortly after taking the attached photographs and it has not yet been replaced. I was in too much of a rush to get back to fishing to bother with buying another camera.

The Bull shark was caught using live bait which had been attracted to the boat by your Tuna logs. The bait was meant for Jew but the channel was full of sharks that night. The one in the photograph was 178cm long and weighed about 90kg. After mangling a strong gaff it only came on board with the assistance of a rope noose.

Franks FlatheadIt was released after measuring and photographing and swam away as though nothing had happened. Perhaps it should not have been released - they do love to bite tourists in this area but hey, what the hell, they are mostly Victorians anyway.

That fishing trip ended on Monday 2nd July 2007 with a total score of 277 bream, 1 shark and 1 flathead (as you can see in the photograph, the flathead was a monster and rare to be caught at this time of year). Not bad for five nights of fishing. After those five nights the westerly wind came in and took the bream right off the bite. Many other boats in the area had exactly the same problem and could not catch anything either.

The last outing of one week, ending on Thursday 26th July, gave a score of 133 bream, and considering that one some days I didn't fish and for the remainder was just loafing along, was an impressive demonstration of the effectiveness of using Sampi as berley.

The following is an extract from a 'post' that I made on the Ausfish site in response to a question from a bloke using the 'handle', "Gunna". My name for that site is Tiger Mullet (TM)


Originally Posted by gunna View Post

Good Report TM. Just curious about the berley. Its many many many years since I fished there but from memory the current ran like blazes. How do you manage to berley when its like that ?? And do you simply anchor the line with a very large sinker ? Or not fish when it runs that hard.

Well, Gunna, I was going to keep it a secret but here goes. The berley that I use comes from West Australia and was supplied by www.sampi.com.au. It is a long story of how I discovered it but after talking to Charles, who is the general manager I think, they agreed to sell me a non commercial supply of 40kg of their Tuna logs. Normally they only sell in commercial quantities - one pallet costing about $4000. Mine cost $300 which included freight and GST. Each slab weighs about 150grams and lasts, as berley, for more than 24hours. It is a very slow release and was designed as crayfish bait for the Cray industry.

The slabs are made of the leftover bits of Tuna processing and do not need refrigeration. As near as I can work out I have enough to last for about four years. They work like magic - no fuss and if held in a berley cage, made from PVC, which is dropped to the bottom they just keep on working.

On the smaller tides the bream will bite all the way through but especially on the ebb tide. On the bigger runs it seems that the normal theory applies - it is okay for the first two hours, not good for the middle two, average for the last two hours. At the top you are, of course, plagued by butter bream. The first couple of hours on the ebb are quite good, average or poor on the next two hours and generally really good for the last couple.

A lot of the reason for success is, I think, the very slow release. Only very small particles are released and a tiny amount of tuna oil. In the past I have found that the addition of tuna oil to berley has sent the fish chasing the smell of tuna oil up current.

I do use a heavy sinker in Tiger Mullet - much heavier than one would normally expect. Coupled with a trace of over 1 metre it is very deadly. I have also learnt not to interfere with the rod/reel combination and catch more by casting or dropping close to the berley and locking up the reel. It rarely misses. Of course when the bream are really on the bite you do have to hang onto the rod - each pickup is so quick that there is little time to bother with putting the rod in the holder. Combine that with barb less hooks, keep the pressure on and you can guarantee a huge haul - if that is what you want.

The berley works on a variety of fish and it is possible to catch, right behind the berley pipe, whiting, flathead and sole (or flounder - I always get the two mixed up). It also seems to attract and hold hardy heads very close to the boat. Good for an easy bait net cast. For gar it is just outstanding.

I have always advocated using berley and, over the years, have tried several things. My favourite was boiled wheat but these Tuna logs are like nothing else that I have ever seen.

That concludes this brief report, Charles. I won't be able to get back to the boat unitl 14th August and, with a friend, will stay for two weeks. The bream should still be there but it will be the very end of the season. However, the flathead should be arriving by then as well as the sand crabs. We will try your Tuna Slabs as crab bait. It was not worth the effort to try to catch sand crabs on the last trip - there were hundreds around but they were small juveniles.

Frank Richardson.            30 July 2007

I'm publisher/editor of 'South Australian Angler' magazine, based in Adelaide.

I recently discovered your Sampi berley logs while fishing with a mate, and was super impressed with the results. Not only did the logs last a lot longer than most other processed berley I've tried, they seemed to bring snapper in quickly and hold them in our fishing location. I'm not sure exactly how you make these things, but they work well.

I'm about to feature them in a feature story on shallow water snapper fishing, written by one of our regular contributors, Lubin Pfeiffer.


Shane Mensforth



South Australian Angler

May and Marlie fish

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for the supply of S.A.M.P.I fish burly for me to use in this year RBAFC competition. First of all The $50,000 tagged bream was not caught on the weekend so is still out their somewhere or has been eaten by something bigger.

This was the first time I have fished the water at redland bay area so I was reliant on following my friends out and anchoring up near them. That was also a blessing as I could then see the difference between your burly with me and the others just fishing.

We went out all night the first night in a cold but still night with rain and strong winds forecast for the next day, We anchoring up over a small reef and started fishing, I placed your burly just under the boat on a small run of water, after about 30min the fish come on and boy did they turn up. I was catching as soon as the bait hit the bottom and was catching snapper like no tomorrow including bream and gummy sharks, being a fishing comp I released all except one for breakfast but was catching at least 30 fish to the other boats 1 fish.

After a while the other boats decided to move to try a new spot as the fishing to them was not any good (it was on my boat) so with the fish getting bigger as you put on a bigger bait and cast out to the rear a little further we pulled anchor and followed them to a new spot.

Marlie's fishAt the new spot the same thing happened again we were catching fish and my friends only got an eel for the nights work, the toll at the new spot was even better then the last we even just missed out on third prize for tailer with a 1.523kg from the bottom over mud and reef, myself being a western australian have only caught tailer in the surf at perth or with poppers on the surface.

The next day was a blower keeping all but the brave out of the water with 30-50knt winds, we went out and that was the time I got my biggest snapper but it was to roughed to get out of the bar and into open sea but we still got snapped off by some big monsters that come for a look.

After a couple of more night time fishing trips with the same results every time the locals started asking about this magic burly I had on board they where even checking the boat and rods to see why I was catching so much. We used live poddy mullet, W.A Pilchards, prawns and sand yabbies as bait but the best results was on pilchards.

After the long weekend I just wish I had some more S.A.M.P.I to use in my local area fishing to see the results, the product is that good that I will give up my next RBAFC comp to man a store to push your product in the display area (photos enclosed of the area) this is the best burly by far that I have ever used or even made in my life time of fishing in 30 years.

Regards Meegan Pedler. June 2008