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Animal Planet’s new series introduces world-record holding angler Jakub Vagner

MUMBAI: 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. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10 pm till 6 November 2015.

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.

In the show he 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 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.