For most people, fishing is a peaceful way to relax. Jeremy Wade – host of Animal Planet’s ‘River Monsters’ – is not most people. The British biologist and extreme angler has spent more than 25 years chasing down the rarest and most fearsome freshwater creatures – from man-sized killer catfish to bloodthirsty piranha that could tear a human apart.
First debuting in 2009, ‘River Monsters’ quickly became Animal Planet’s best-performing series ever, thanks in no small part to Wade’s intrepid, freewheeling hosting style. MJ caught up with the Bear Grylls of freshwater to talk about how to conquer fear, fish that “bite off the dangly bits of male swimmers,” and what to expect from Season 2.