Adrian, our resident Keepin’ It Reel Host, grew up in Yepoon and Mackay and has been fishing since he was old enough to ride a bike (it may still have had training wheels)! He’d grab his rod, his old school, timber lures and a bit of bait, jump on his bike and head to the nearest body of water! If his parents couldn’t find him, they knew where he’d be, often bringing fish home for dinner!
Barramundi, whiting, flathead, bream, sooty grunter, tarpon, prawns and mud crabs were just a few of the fish Adrian liked to chase.
As soon as he was old enough to get a boat licence, at 16, he saved up and bought his first boat. His pride and joy, was a $900 12 foot tinny, with a trusty old 15hp Johnson on the back. It may have been rusty more than trusty but he enjoyed pulling it apart and working on it anyway.
Adrian’s love of all things fishing saw him spend a few years on a professional fishing boat, which even included ending up alone and lost at sea for a couple of days at the tender age of 17.
After around a decade of trying other things, fishing dragged Adrian back seeing him start his own quite successful tackle shop. Once again, he was hook, line and sinker in something he loved.
The Keepin’ It Reel Director, Producer, Camerawoman and head honcho, Louise is his leading lady at work and at home. Sorry ladies, he is taken. Together they established a successful video production company, specialising in drones, long before drones were mainstream. They both love the creativity and variety of video work. It was Adrian’s love of fishing and love of creating and filming that planted the seed for a Whitsundays based fishing show.
Adrian doesn’t claim to know all there is to know about fishing, if he did, he’d ideally be spending his days alongside his long-time favourite, Sir David Attenborough. He still finds himself learning new things every day and is still loving the lifelong learning journey.
We asked the team to help everyone get to know them better by answering a few questions. Have a look at Adrian’s responses below:
Do you have a nickname and how did you come by it?
Either Ado or Plahny, no real story there.
When you’re not working on the show, what do you like to do with your time?
Fishing, looking at fishing gear, dreaming about fishing gear… occasionally between fishing, I find time for gardening and barra pond building in my back yard.
What’s the worst fishing/boating situation you’ve ever been in and how did it end?
Many years ago, I went on a fishing/camping trip with a couple of my best mates. It rained rather heavily so before I went to bed, I hung my nylon footy shorts near the fire to dry out. In the morning I discovered they were a quarter of the size and stiff! I had to cut slits up both sides to get into them so it was really only a Tarzan style flap at the front and the back. Of course, they were the only shorts I had with me! The best part was when the Dept of Fisheries pulled me up on the water for a quick check. Needless to say, they thought it was rather hilarious.
If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
It’d have to be “the Bro”. I love David Attenborough’s knowledge and passion for the ocean and the reef and all it’s creatures.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island for a year and you can only take 3 types of food, what would they be?
Coffee, an Italian restaurant and a bakery! You said types of food… there’s no restriction on whether its a restaurant or not right?
Who would you like to be stranded with on this deserted island?
My cameraperson aka my partner, Louise.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Built-in fish finding vision.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep and why?
72 hours. I was doing a live, worldwide radio broadcast experiment on the effects of fatigue.
Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
What are you addicted to?
Coffee/fishing. I’m not sure which one I’m most addicted to.
How did you find out about Santa and how old were you?
My daughter and stepdaughter informed me about Santa, I was around 40 at the time.
If you were the Prime Minister, what would be the first law you’d introduce?
A national holiday for fishing so everyone can enjoy it, no excuses.
If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Don’t add coffee!
What has been your previous favourite job and why?
Owning and running a tackle shop. Selling fishing gear, talking to so many different people about fishing, it’s almost the dream job.