The story of Brad Smith’s lures and how to use them

G’day everyone! I am very proud to be able to sell my lures online. I hand carved my first lure over 30 years ago, out of a scrap block of timber and used the aluminium mouth piece from a beer can for the lures bib.

This rough creation, believe it or not, actually swam and I caught a couple of flathead on it. This was to become an obsession for me as the range of lures available at this period in time was very limited, only a few imported brands available, and lure fishing in general was held with great scepticism in the angling community.

 The lures available were quite large and worked well for flathead and were gaining exposure in the top half of Australia for Barramundi, but I knew that if I created a small lure that matched the baitfish, the boundaries could be endless on targeting bream, whiting and possibly anything with gills.

With this in mind, I created the Little Mate lure, the first small or ultra light lure developed in the country and the benchmark of all the small lures you see manufactured from around the world displayed on the walls of tackle shops.

I am overwhelmed to release this lure, along with the Digga lure, on the market once again and I will be working on designing some new models for the new year as lure creation is an absolute labour of love for me.

Smithy’s lures

Here’s a short guide to using Smithy’s legendary L’il mate and Digga lures.

L’IL MATES

This little gem of a lure dives to approximately 0.5 to 1 metre and has caught over 30 different species of fish. It is 50 mm in length and is an ultra light lure.

Best used trolling over shallow sand and weed banks, or cast and retrieved either medium roll or twitch and pause near structure, with ultra light line and leader (2-6 lb)and tackle over the same areas.

It comes in a set of four colours and will fool plenty of big whiting and bream.

The Little mate collection

DIGGA

A versatile weapon that has slayed it’s fair share of mangrove jack, barramundi, monster flathead, giant trevally, estuary cod over many years, and anything else that hunts baitfish such as mullet and whiting.

Trolled around drop offs and snags it will dive 3-4 metres or more if using 12 lb PE 0.6 braid and 20 lb leader.

You can also cast and retrieve this lure at structure such as pontoons, moored boats, bridge pylons, and rock walls. Either with a constant medium speed retrieve, slow roll, or burn and pause.

Over shallow areas such as yabby banks and weed beds experiment with the above tactics for monster flathead.

At a price that won’t leave you in tears when you get smoked by a beast or snagged, these bad boys are a must have in the tackle box. They also come in a 4 colour pack.

If you are encountering big jacks it is advised to upgrade the trebles.

The Digga collection

They are now available for sale here:

https://m.facebook.com/bradsmithfishingcharters/shop?cid=522751108544674&ref=bookmarks

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