Book reveals fishing hot spots
FISHERS often get a bad rap for their practices, especially commercial fishers.
But one fisherman has managed to combine a love of fishing with a down-to-earth approach to the marine environment.
Tweed-born Brad Smith has a wealth of knowledge on the subject and a swag of experience in fishing journalism in radio, TV and news print.
It makes sense that he should write a book on fishing and that it should be the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject.
"Writing a book has been a long-term goal," he said.
"My aim is to educate in the art of catching fish with an emphasis in protecting the marine environment, which is a passion of mine."
There's an old saying in the industry, according to Mr Smith.
"Dead fish don't pay the rent," he said.
"Commercial fishing comes under a lot of scrutiny.
"Some commercial fishers are very narrow-minded, but the vast majority respect the marine environment."
River to Reef-Gold Coast Edition provides GPS marks and aerial photos with keys to the best fishing spots from Currumbin Creek through to the Logan River at Brisbane.
There's a guide to legal fish sizes and bag limits, knots and rigs, emergency service contacts, weather information and even cooking tips.
"There's something for everyone," Mr Smith said.
"It doesn't matter if you are an expert or a beginner, a local or a visitor.
"I'm pretty excited about this book and the next edition, which will cover the Tweed to Yamba."
Mr Smith has started work on the River to Reef - Tweed to Yamba Edition.
The Gold Coast Edition is available in general stores, tackle shops, council libraries and road houses.