A person with freshwater fish and a special interest in rivers, Jeremy Wade is a writer and TV presenter. For 35 years, he has been traveling to the world’s most remote rivers. He is best known for using fishing as a means to look beneath the surface of human life. He especially focuses in remote places, notably the Congo and the Amazon. His T.V series “River Monsters” and “Jungle Hooks” are also extremely popular worldwide.
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Today (21 April) on World Fish Migration Day, spare a thought for underwater travellers – like this lake sturgeon, which needs access to running water to breed. For more info, see today's post at @worldfishmigrationday and download the free book: From Sea to Source. . #worldfishmigrationday #lakesturgeon #sturgeon #mississippiriver #fish #migration #migrating #jeremywade #mightyrivers
Wade’s early days
Jeremy was born on March 23, 1956, in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. He lived with his brother Martin Wade. He grew up in south-east England, on the banks of the Suffolk Stour.
From from his early childhood, Jeremy Wade was highly interested in fishing. He was living in East Angelia, a river nearby. So he used to go and catch fishes since he was 7 or 8.
As per his education, he attended Dean Close School. To earn a degree in Zoology, he attended Bristol University. From the University of Kent, He earned a teaching certificate in biological science. He briefly worked as a biology teacher after gaining a degree in zoology and a postgraduate certificate in education.
To all the US #RiverMonsters fans, the countdown has begun – 7 days until the US premiere of Jeremy's all-new adventure #MightyRivers! Tune in Sunday 4/8 9PM ET on @AnimalPlanet #JeremyWade #newseries #outnow #angling #adventure #conservation pic.twitter.com/wKg32wlzBc
— River Monsters (@RiverMonstersUK) April 1, 2018
Amazing Television series
His first overseas fishing trip was to India in 1982. In 1992 he co-wrote (with Paul Boote) ‘Somewhere Down The Crazy River’. It is now considered to be a classic of angling literature. This book is the rediscovery of the Indian mahseer and the goliath tigerfish of the Congo. He has also written for many magazines such as The Times, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, The Field, BBC Wildlife magazine, etc.
In 2002 he filmed Jungle Hooks, a five-part series set in the Amazon, for Discovery Europe, and in 2005 he followed this up with Jungle Hooks India. An underwater creature that has not been seen before on television was also featured in his series JUNGLE HOOKS: INDIA. River Monsters started as a one-off programme filmed in India in 2008.
It has now completed nine seasons. He has pursued Amazon myth ‘The giant arapaima’. It was the subject of his television series, “Jungle Hooks”.
“I don’t see myself as a particularly expert angler, My background is getting into the kinds of places where outsiders don’t normally go, with enough energy left to put a line in the water.”
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This time next week I'll be at the @northernanglingshow in Manchester (Saturday only). Meanwhile here's a 53lb flathead catfish. Bait was a human hand, 5ft inside an underwater hole in Oklahoma. . #jeremywade #rivermonsters #fish #fishing #catchandrelease #fishon #fishinglife #noodlingcatfish #catfishnoodling #catfish #catfishing #oklahoma #northernanglingshow
Interest in fishing started since a young age
Jeremy Wade is A biologist, extreme angler and writer specializing in travel and natural history. He studied zoology at Bristol University and went to Kent State to teach biology at a grammar school.
Wade started fishing on the Suffolk Stour. At the young age of 16, he was one of the members of the British Carp Study Group. He hung up his rods in the overcrowded British lakes in his early twenties. In 1982, he went to India getting inspired by a magazine article about fishing for mahseer.
In 1994, scientists were puzzled by an animal he photographed in an Amazon lake. It was sent out by the BBC Natural History Unit, after a five-week investigation, he succeeded in filming it.
Here's a sneak peak into Jeremy's journey to the Yangtze – the third longest river in the world. Tune in to @AnimalPlanet this Sunday at 9PM ET for the second episode of the all-new series, #MightyRivers. #JeremyWade #China #glimpse #newseries pic.twitter.com/UAC8Hqkg2g
— River Monsters (@RiverMonstersUK) April 14, 2018
Traveled to many places
Wade has traveled to many places for fishing. His first overseas trip was in 1982 to India’s Mountain River. He made another trip to India in 2005. Many trips were made to Congo and Amazon rain forests.
In the year 1992, Wade published his first book “Somewhere Down the Crazy River”. In the year 2004, he made his acting debut and appeared in the film “Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys”.
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River Monsters final season starts tonight (Friday 5 Jan) in England & Scotland on ITV at 8pm. Extended 1hr episodes will show on Mondays at 9pm on ITV4, from 8 Jan. In Wales & Northern Ireland it will show on Sundays at 9.30am, starting 7 Jan. Runs for 6 episodes. This season (season 9) has already aired in other countries. . Pic by @brendan_mcginty #rivermonsters #jeremywade #itv #fish #fishing #angling #fishon #catchandrelease #travel #documentary
Jeremy Wade has been to Nepal where he caught Goonch Catfish. During these journeys, he caught malaria. He was once arrested for spying, narrowly escaped drowning. Also survived in a plane crash. Wade has worked as a tour leader, public relations consultant, supply teacher, newspaper reporter, art tutor, translator (Portuguese-English), and dishwasher.