WATCH: The Gladstone brothers behind the electric reel

Also known as the duo behind Gladstone business Queensland Aerial, these brothers are a dream team in the air and underwater.

After a pushbiking accident in Rockhampton 10 years ago, Darren was left a quadriplegic.

However, he can move his left arm just enough to be able to push buttons and drive his chair.

On Wednesday night they put to test their latest creation --- The Electric Reel.

"We both enjoy a quiet fish in the Boyne River from time to time, but he wanted to be able to reel the fish in himself," Cory said.

"So he asked me to whip up an electric fishing reel."

Darren Jeacocke putting the electric reel invention to good use. Photo: Cory Jeacocke.
Darren Jeacocke putting the electric reel invention to good use. Photo: Cory Jeacocke.

And that on Wednesday Darren landed himself a Moses Perch.

Ordinarily Cory would cast the line and then place the reel on Darren's lap. Darren would then hold the line in his mouth and he would be able to feel when a fish jumped on.

"We don't expect to catch much in the Boyne River it's more just to relax, but lately we've been pulling in a few good size Bream," Cory said.

By trade, Cory is an electrician.

"Between his cool ideas and my skills we often make stuff that can help him out," Cory said.

"But being in a wheelchair doesn't seem to hold Darren back too much. We just find different ways to enjoy or do things."

Since moving to Gladstone to be closer to family and enjoy better weather, they have also taken up flying.

In fact, they even own a few planes together.

Flying and owning planes are just another hobby the Jeacocke brothers share.
Flying and owning planes are just another hobby the Jeacocke brothers share.

"We hire them out to flight school, and one is here in town," he said.

"Occasionally we'll go for a buzz in it."

Cory said he used to be a flight instructor and taught every weekend.

"I taught in Gladstone when I moved back here about 3 years ago. I taught my wife to fly, and got her a licence. And occasionally I'll teach my mates.

"Nowadays it's more about when the plane is available, airworthy, the weather is good and work isn't in the way," he said.

"But we try to get out every couple of months."

Cory, his wife Sarah and Darren are the talent behind the Queensland Aerial shots; you may have seen them at various events in Gladstone.

A love of being up on the air is how the idea of the drone business came along.

"Flying drones is all about licensing and knowing the air law," Cory said.

"I'm a pilot myself and both Darren and I own planes so we have a pretty good grip of air legislation. Getting it all together was relatively easy for us."

Behind the scenes Cory said Darren is the one who not only controls the camera, but directs most of the work.

"He's also responsible for most of the editing and post production, while Sarah and I fly the actual drone."

"On the screens, you will see a lot of Darren's work." Queensland Aerial had the drone up in the air at last year's Boyne Tannum HookUp, and it was the event that got the business off the ground.



Darren, Cory and Sarah Jeacocke from Queensland Aerial.
Darren, Cory and Sarah Jeacocke from Queensland Aerial.

 

If you didn't see them last year, they'll be back this year with bigger and better ideas in mind.

"We'll be having live coverage of the action on the screens and we'll be up in the air as much as we can," Cory said.

"The drone company is something we both really enjoy, and it's so awesome to be able to work with my brother."

If you would like to see more of Queensland Aerial's work, head to their website at qldaerial.com.au.

The team are also official sponsors of the 2016 Boyne Tannum HookUp this year, so look out for the guys in white shirts and be sure to say hello.



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