Nathan Reardon is a T20 journeyman who played for the Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers, as well as representing Australia.
The left-handed big hitter made the most of extended time in three states to pursue his other love … fishing. He looks forward to extending the list of species that he’s caught, on a return to South Australia, with Scotty.
Copper Triangle Charters operate out of Port Hughes on Yorke Peninsula. It’s one of the most popular all round fishing venues on the peninsula, and it’s only a couple of hours from Adelaide.
Flash is the skipper, and he has 30 years experience of fishing bay and offshore waters. He introduces the boys to trolling for snook. For the uninitiated, that’s snook as in snooker, not snook as in book!
Handlines lines pull small metal slugs that a Neptune trolling paravane takes to the right depth of water. The boys describe snook as looking like a small barracuda, but with a whiting head, and they can grow to quite a decent size.
The second species Reardo and Scotty can now ticket off their bucket list is South Australia’s favourite fish, the King George Whiting. Flash drops anchor, and some burley, and they fish with a standard paternoster rig, fishing the bottom with two hooks on top of the sinker, and a bit of squid bait.
King George are the largest of the whiting species and they can grow up to 70cm long and weigh in at over a kilo, Reardo and Scotty catch good-sized fish, but they don’t threaten that record.
In post-cricket life, Reardo runs a company called Outside Edge Adventures, that takes anglers to dream fishing destinations. As a young boy in the Queensland country town of Chinchilla he would fish the rivers for yellow belly, but he counts barramundi as is favourite species to catch.