Brad 'Smithy' Smith

Brad 'Smithy' Smith
Smithy has been working as a full-time professional fishing guide for over 20 years, which makes him southeast Queensland’s and northern NSW’s longest-serving guide. Above all the commitments Smithy has in the charter industry, his overriding passion has always been to pass on his specialist experience to anglers and teach people of all ages and angling abilities the correct techniques required to catch all the Gold Coast’s estuary species on a variety of different lures. Smithy’s unique charter operations guarantees you will catch fish on lures or you don’t pay.

Brad Smith’s tactics for targeting flathead – part 2

brad smith targeting flathead

G’DAY everyone, in last month’s article we discussed locations for finding flathead and this month we will discuss options for targeting flathead with lures. Deepwater jigging or ‘tea bagging’ soft plastics and vibes is a very effective way to target flathead in both deep holes and channels 5m and deeper. In last month’s article I shared a screenshot from my …

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Finding fish in Gold Coast estuaries

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G’DAY everyone, in this month’s article we will discuss some options for finding fish in our estuaries during November. The water temperature will rise to about 25C, which means the typical winter species including bream and tailor will slow down while mangrove jack and whiting fire up. Mangrove jack are without doubt the biggest bucket list fish targeted in the …

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Anglers’ guide to fishing with the weather – from a pro

IN this article I will talk about how to effectively go fishing with the weather that good-old Mother Nature throws at us anglers. Being a professional fishing guide for over 20 years and being on the water every day has provided a baptism of fire and a staunch learning curve in trying to work with the elements that can change …

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Tips on targeting jewfish

And any hole that contains some structure on the bottom or along the bank is a real bonus. Once you have located the deep holes, the next element to consider is whether enough bait is in the hole to support the jewies. Jewfish are very nomadic in their behaviour and will migrate in schools up and down the rivers, only …

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Topwater Tactics for Estuary Species

A wobbling wrist means a wobbling rod tip and your stickbait will start working with a short and sharp left to right movement commonly referred to as ‘walking the dog’. In fact, some small surface lures are branded as ‘dog walkers’. When whiting are pursuing my surface lures I find it important to maintain my composure and keep the action rolling …

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What Fish to Target In April: What’s on the Chew

Jacks also respond to a wide variety of lures and techniques. Casting surface poppers tight and parallel to structure works well, as does casting soft plastics and hard-bodied minnows tight to structure. Trolling hard-bodied minnows along the rock walls and broken reef areas of the rivers also entices plenty of jacks and allows you to cover a lot of quality ground. When …

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Targeting Mangrove Jack

G’DAY everyone, in this month’s article I will offer you a few tips for chasing the hard-fighting mangrove jack. January and February have always been my favourite months to target jacks because they tend to school up and feed more freely before the cooler winter period arrives. Unlike some of the systems in the far north of the country, the Gold …

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Tips for Targeting Whiting on Lures

The puffs of sand, mud or shell grit created by the bib of the lure hitting the bottom are what I believe create most of the strikes because the whiting instinctively smash the lure out of hunger or territorial aggression. Perhaps the whiting interpret the lure and puffs of sediment as being a prawn, yabby or some other type of bait …

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