Thanks for your kind offer of advice. One thing I've already noticed about American fishermen, is just how helpful you guys are (unlike many Aussie fisherman who guard their secrets) and it's a real credit to you guys. The area I fish is quite heavily fished by people trolling lures where they have limited success on what we call spanish mackeral (I think they are the same as your Kings), YFT, wahoo and blue, black and striped marlin. Whilst trolling, I've noticed vast numbers of bait balls about 100-150 ft from the surface and I intend to jig these schools this season (starting January). To be honest I don't know if I will have any success, but my theory is that surface lures (skirts) don't get down to where the fish are likely to be (around the bait balls). We also have FADs on the edge of the shelf that attract Mahi and ocassionally marlin and I bet there would be some massive bottom fish at the bases of them. So I'm yet to try my theories but I suspect we're about to open up a whole new fishery down here and I'm really excited about it. So if anyone can think of a tip they've used in a similar situation, I'd be grateful to hear it. Also if you guys are ever in Perth from December to February I'd be delighted to take you out.
To answer your question, the samsons are breeding and do not take baits, but they do take jigs. We suspect the jig just annoys them. When you bring a fish to the the boat, it is followed up by other fish which would most likely attack a popper. Another technique which has been used (not by me) is to drop a jig without a hook. When the jig is brought to the surface, it brings fish with it and then they can be caught on saltwater fly. However, because the fish are usually in deep water and we wish to release the fish in the best possible condition, I use heavy gear (PE 8-10) to bring the fish in at at steady rate that minimises lactic acid build up, but does not burst the fish's swim bladder as well as providing a real work out for the angler.