Captain
Brett Smith

Member since October 2014

Auckland, New Zealand

Background
Brett is an avid fisho who has been fishing since he was knee high to a grasshopper. He grew up in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula where he helped his father run a successful boat hire company from the beach. Every opportunity he had, he would take one of the little 12 foot tinnies out and chase the workups out in the harbour. Brett has also been on dozens of trips out with his mate chasing Marlin and other game fish out of Whitianga, he has still yet to land one but he says he's so close he can feel it.

Hey, I'm Captain Brett Smith

Auckland, New Zealand
Background
Brett is an avid fisho who has been fishing since he was knee high to a grasshopper. He grew up in Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula where he helped his father run a successful boat hire company from the beach. Every opportunity he had, he would take one of the little 12 foot tinnies out and chase the workups out in the harbour. Brett has also been on dozens of trips out with his mate chasing Marlin and other game fish out of Whitianga, he has still yet to land one but he says he's so close he can feel it.

My Charter Listings

Auckland
trips from
US$ 75

Customer Reviews

3.92 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, April 15, 2016

Not a fast boat, but generally well set up for fishing, but the overhead canopy was a little restrictive. Liked the individual little bait boards, but could have used a bigger one to fillet a fresh kawhai for bait. First 10kg of pillie bait we used was primo, but after that, they looked like they had been re-frozen 3 or 4 times. Quality rods & reel, mix of Ugly sticks & Shimano. Supplied set-ups were restricted to strayline, either 1 or 2 hooks, but dropper rigs would have been better for guys on the upstream side of the boat. Skipper gave good coaching on how to strayline. We only fished two spots, and when the bite went off, we all got pretty bored. Skipper pitched in to try to top up the catch by fishing himself, but sometimes didn’t put his rod down when guys needed new tackle tied on. He swore a lot, which didn’t worry most of us, but one of the ladies commented later. He also made disparaging comments about the same people losing terminal tackle all the time, which made them feel uncomfortable.  If that was a problem, he should have moved us onto a sandy area.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, March 13, 2016

I highly recommend this captain. I have done many good fishing trips in New Zealand but this trip was very special and the best fishing trip until this moment. The equiments and boat were well equipped and the captain is basically outstanding.

Honestly, you don’t want to miss it.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Captain only seemed interested in catching small pan sized snapper some of which I’m sure were well under sized. There was no food or drinks surplied not even a bottle of water. I will not go with this group again

Ray Watson does not recommend Phoenix Charters - Zodie 1

Fished February 2016

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Brett Smith (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 3, 2016

No where does it state that we supply food and drinks. I advise customers they will need to bring there own. I always have spate bottled water on board should someone forget there’s or run out but you never asked for anything. As for catching pan sized snapper that is just the norm in summer if you want big fish they are caught through winter and spring.

Went fishing on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Had great time would have been excellent if i caught some fish but thats not their fault as every other angler caught some. we supplied our own rods ad bait so doesnt really apply when we ran out of bait skipper let us have some of his had great time thanks

Fished February 2016

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