fish on, fish on

fish on, fish on

Say it Wade style: Rivuh Mahnstuhs.

BecsketchJeremyWadeThis travel wrinkled, English mouthed angler adventurer, Jeremy Wade, badasses his way through the cloudy rivers of the world on Animal Planet’s “River Monsters,” and hooks and handles honest to goodness never-go-swimming-again freshwater monsters.

I’ve been fishing. I don’t really enjoy fishing. I’m far too impatient and I usually use a boating outing to catch up on a swell book or general glassy-eyed daydreaming, but this show fascinates the heck out of me. There are some River Monster episodes I’ve seen two or three times over, and each time I get all amazed and chilled out by Jeremy Wade and his hypnotically enthralling story telling and it turns me into couch goo.

Season four’s finale, “Lair of Giants” does what most other Giant Squid/Mermaid Found/Roswell Conspiracy/Bigfoot Is More Than A Hairy Redneck shows fail to do – it delivers. He does paddle battle with a cayman croc, camera cozies to an anaconda – and oh yeah – discovers a new species of air breathing, armor plated, stupidly sized, legendarily named fish: The Arapaima (Wade style: Air-uh-pai-muh).

Slack jawed in the cushioned comfort of my apartment, I yelped, “He caught some new species of giant fishy!”, like my cat would care.  I invested two suspense filled hours (including the maddening commercial breaks) and was left gobsmacked and duly impressed by this legit adventure. Not even sure when the next season starts, but I’m hooked and can’t wait. In the meantime, if Jeremy Wade wants to start reading me bedtime stories with his crazy soothing Suffolk strains, I’m game.

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  1. January 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    That is an incredible picture. Becca you should send it to him. Seriously he would get a kick of it. He is amazingly good at getting to his emails. office@jeremywade.co.uk. I am also not the fishing type and absolutely love the show – I wrote a post on my blog about him as well You will probably be able to relate to this. (Oh and I certainly agree about the bed time story part as well :) http://collisionoffcourse.blogspot.com/2012/05/jeremy-wade-and-myth-of-getting-to.html

    I actually starting writing because of a great deal of encouragement from him.

    Cheers!

    Christy

    • January 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      We’ve both been inspired by the power of Wade! Great post – you turn a phrase like Astaire turns Rogers! Thanks and happy fishing ;)

      • Christy
        January 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        Thanks and samd to you fellow Wader :)

  2. David
    January 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

    “badasses his way through the cloudy rivers of the world”… I don’t think you could have put it any better.

    • January 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

      He’s like the Fish Wisperer, Thanks!

  3. Terry Ginis
    January 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Just wanted to put my two cents in as to you’re incredible artwork. After seeing season one, I was so inspired, I took up fishing and actually fished in Brazil twice. I started emailing him around that time in 2009 and at his suggestion, I’m headed to Guyana next week. The fact that I’m a woman, doesn’t stop me from catching (and releasing) big fish. We were inspired in different ways-I wish I could create such beautiful art, but I only fish. Oh, just FYI about the earlier comment about his UK email-since last year his mail is being sent to his production company due to the volume of mail that he recieves.

    • January 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you heaps for your kind words, I am in turn impressed by your fishing feats! Jeremy truly is a genuine gentleman and an inspiration- brava for translating his influence to world travel and adventure!
      Best of luck in Guyana, stay safe, and fish on :)

  4. Terry Ginis
    January 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you-I hope to continue my quest for big fish and with educating people about fish conservation. He was and continues to be my fishing inspiration. Anixously awaiting season five to find out what new river I have to put on my list!

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