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Jeremy Wade, the host of River Monsters.

"I don't really see myself as an explorer. All that hacking with machetes and dragging dugout canoes through swamps is just the journey to work. And I’m not a particularly expert angler. My background is just getting into the kinds of places where outsiders don't normally go, with enough physical and mental energy left to put a line in the water." -- Jeremy Wade

Jeremy John Wade (born 23 March 1956) is a British television presenter and the host of the hit Animal Planet TV shows River Monsters and Mighty Rivers. He has also written many books on angling and is the host of Jungle Hooks and Dark Waters as well as Mighty Rivers and Mysteries of the Deep.


Jeremy Wade was born and raised in Suffolk, England, where his father served as a vicar. Wade has a PhD. in zoology which he earned at Bristol University. He also worked as a biology teacher in Kent (where he got his doctorate in 2016). He has had several other journeys than his fishing trips as he said in an episode in River Monsters. On several occasions, Wade was suspected as a international spy and was even placed under arrest. Among these, Wade has survived Malaria, a plane crash, and was even threatened at gunpoint. Wade has knowledge in other languages; he is very fluent in Portuguese and French.

His interest in fishing first came around as he was living in East Anglia on the banks of the Suffolk's River Stour. In 1982, he made his first overseas trip to India to fish. Since then, his global fishing trips came to be.

Jeremy Wade also is a published author. In 1992, with the help of a colleague, he published his first book, Somewhere Down the Crazy River. He currently writes River Monsters. In 2011, he published River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones That Didn't Get Away. He is the founder of the website, www.Jeremywade.co.uk.

The Largest fish that he ever caught was a 1,100 pound Sixgill Shark near Ascension Island in the mid-Atlantic.