How to Think Like a Fish: And Other Lessons from a Lifetime in Angling

How to Think Like a Fish: And Other Lessons from a Lifetime in Angling

by Jeremy Wade


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The star of the Animal Planet's River Monsters and author of the bestselling companion book shares a meditation on fishing—and life.

In his previous book, Jeremy Wade memorably recounted his adventures in pursuit of fish of staggering proportions and terrifying demeanor: goliath tigerfish from the Congo, arapaima from the Amazon, "giant devil catfish" from the Himalayan foothills, and more.

Now, the greatest angling explorer of his generation returns to delight readers with a book of a different sort, the book he was always destined to write — the distillation of a life spent fishing.

As Jeremy's catches attract increasing attention, many people ask him how they can improve their own fishing results. This book is his reply: part science, part art, and part elusive something else — which is within every angler's ability to develop. Along the way you will learn when to let instinct override logic, which details are vital and which may be irrelevant, and how a "non result" can be a result.

Thoughtful and funny, brimming with wisdom and, above all, adventure, these are pitch-perfect reflections that anyone who has ever fished will identify with, for ultimately they touch on the simple, fundamental principles that apply to all angling — and to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306845314
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 67,044
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Wade was the host of River Monsters, one of the most watched, most successful programs in Animal Planet's history, and the current host of Mighty Rivers (Animal Planet). A former science teacher, newspaper reporter, advertising copywriter, he has written for The Times, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, and BBC Wildlife magazine. He lives in Southern England.

Table of Contents


1 Going Under 3

2 Fishing in Mind 6

3 Art Meets Science 14

4 The Importance of Being a Detective 24


5 Think Like a Fish 33

6 In Search of the Secret Ingredient 43

7 Less Time Is More 51

8 Bad Vibrations 61


9 Gear Up 73

10 Have a Plan 84

11 Poke the Apple 93

12 Thou Shalt Knot 107


13 My Life as a Fish 125

14 More Less Is More 131

15 When the Right Time Is the Wrong Time 142

16 Mumbo-Jumbo 149


17 Resist the Flow 159

18 Be Opportunistic 167

19 Don't Think 172

20 D.E.T.A.I.L.S. 180


21 A Sense of Scale 193

22 (Notes to Self) 206

23 I'm More Uncompetitive than You 213

24 Going Under Again 223

Afterword 233

Appendix: Keeping Legal and Good Practice 237

Glossary 239

Acknowledgments 251

Index 253

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