'Deadliest Catch': Jake Anderson on His 'Humbling' Return to Sig Hansen's Boat
From greenhorn to bearer of a captain's license, it's been a long, crazy road for Jake Anderson on "Deadliest Catch." Since boarding Sig Hansen's boat, the Northwestern, he has weathered the deaths of his sister and father, he's left to try his luck with another boat, and he's even written a book. But in Season 10 of the Discovery series, he's finally back where he belongs: on the deck of the Northwestern, getting "all the crap jobs" that deck boss Edgar Hansen can give him.
Yahoo TV talked to Anderson about being made to ask for his job back on camera instead of in private, his response to critics on Facebook, and why this is the best season of "Deadliest Catch" yet.
How tough was it to ask for your job back on the Northwestern?
It was pretty humbling to ask for my job back. I've had several other offers to go on other boats, and at first, I was real reluctant to ask to come back. But, at the end of the day, you know what? I talked to Sig and I talked to Edgar, and they kind of figured that I was going to ask to come back because I knew the boat.
So I wasn't too nervous, but I knew everybody in the world was going to see me have to ask for my job back. That was the hardest part, was knowing everybody in the world was going to see me come back to the Hansens with my head between my legs. It wasn't fun! But I wasn't scared to ask them. I was more worried about all the people that watch the show seeing me having to go and ask for my job back because that meant that I didn't accomplish the goal. Nothing worked out the way I thought it was going to work out.
As you can see, if you see the little clip they put on the Internet, you can see they welcome me back with open arms.
You've got your own line of skate shoes, you've got a book coming out ["Relapse" will be released April 29], you've got things going on outside of fishing. Why go back? Why is it important to you?
That's such a good question. There was someone on Facebook — I was trying to explain something when we filmed a scene one time — saying something about [me] not being proud to be a fisherman anymore. And what I was really trying to relate it to was, I love fishing. I love crab fishing. And I never thought I was going to be able to do it as well as I do do it. And [last season] when I went to the Kiska Sea, after being manipulated into thinking that I was actually going to relieve the skipper after a few years, I was devastated with the industry in general.