Aww yeah! It was awesome to see the extreme angler live! (And look at that genuine smile I had when I bumped into him after going around River Safari only to walk past him doing the same thing!)
Jeremy Wade, who came to Singapore as part of the River Monsters Asia tour was welcomed by a hugely passionate crowd that truly appreciate him coming down to Singapore despite his busy schedule.
We got to hear from the man himself regarding his experiences in front of the camera, such as what led to this iconic scene of Jeremy Wade having a sea lamprey suck blood from his neck, he had a simple response, "The Director".
Described as finding the most sadistic way to tell a story, Jeremy took the time to credit the director and his team who were instrumental in making the show great.
The wealth of knowledge Jeremy and his team has on both marine biology and how to make great television resulted in a show that he was honestly surprised to have lasted this long and one that had allowed him to check off nearly everything in his wish list of catches.
About his gear, Jeremy brought along a monstrous fishing pole, one that was used on season 6 of River Monsters. He didn't want to spoil some of the surprises this new season has in store, but he did hint that the pole was designed for sharks!
As to what monster was on the end of the line, we will have to catch the new season to find out.
Of all the sharing, I was personally touched by Jeremy's humble beginnings. He didn't went looking for fishing, but he tried it out at a tender age of 8 and well, he was literally hooked!
It was not all fame for the most part. For 15 years prior to getting discovered and the premiere of River Monsters, Jeremy only had his passion for fishing as he went through the trials and tribulations of living his passion that does not put as much food on the table as a "conventional job".
Being a young person is harder than it has ever been. You have your interest and you also have to make a living. And it is often very hard to combine the 2 things. However If you have a real interest in something, that interest should be able to sustain you. - Jeremy Wade
That struck a chord with me for it is the journey that I am on.
I looked at Jeremy Wade as an adventurer that I wanted to be, to go to the great unknown and face fear itself when tackling legendary beasts.
After today, I look at him as a role model, one that proudly holds the wear and tear that not only came from being in the extreme environments of fishing grounds but also from the journey that took him to what we all know him as Jeremy Wade, extreme angler. Fish On!
Enjoy the rest of the pictures I took of the event, such as his dive into the matinee tank for a feeding session! Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for other LIVE updates on such experiences and much more! =)