New Delhi: World record-holding angler Jakub Vagner has dedicated his life to catching the world’s biggest fish. These fish are rare and extremely tough to catch, but Jakub is a daring fisherman who’ll do whatever it takes to discover the secret lifestyles of these mighty predators.
Animal Planet in its new programme Big Fish Man introduces Jakub Vagner who’s heading out on a series of incredible journeys to some of the most inaccessible waters on the planet, hunting down freshwater giants that grow bigger than a man.
In Big Fish Man, Jakub embarks on extreme fishing expeditions to the most remote regions of the world in search of fish that have never before been filmed in the wild – many weighing more than 200kg and measuring over six metres in length.
His exploits take viewers to a variety of remote locations Congo, Mongolia, Europe, Canada, Thailand, Ecuador and Peru. Carrying all his kit and supplies, Jakub spends days trekking through unforgiving jungle and paddling against wild river currents. He survives using the hunting and foraging skills he’s honed over almost two decades of fishing missions.
On these visually stunning adventures, he tries to land the Amazon’s largest freshwater fish in Ecuador and the mighty Goliath Tiger Fish, with its 32 shark-like teeth, in Congo. He enlists the help of nomadic reindeer herders to land a giant Taimen in the ice cold rapids of the Shishgid River in Mongolia, and tries to catch a massive Northern Pike in the Canadian sub-Arctic even though their natural habitat is completely frozen over.
The series is packed with drama and danger. Jakub is stubborn and determined as time after time he faces nature at its most extreme.
Big Fish Man is airing on Animal Planet; Monday to Friday at 10 PM, from 12th October 12 to 6th November.
Jakub Vágner (born 24 December 1981), from Prague, Czech Republic, is a musician, television presenter and extreme angler specializing in travel and natural history. Jakub Vágner is a lifelong angler and world record-holding fisherman. Vágner embarks on extreme fishing expeditions to the most remote regions of the world in search of some of the largest and rarest fish.
Jakub Vágner holds many world records for catching the largest arapaima (Arapaima gigas) weighing 130 kg, Wels catfish (Silurus glanis) weighing 110 kg, devil catfish (Bagarius bagarius) weighing 75 kg, or the legendary Amazonian goliath catfish (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum), actually breaking the record three times in a row.