‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Josh Harris Highlights the Next Generation

by Courtney Blackann
(Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Many “Deadliest Catch” fans think of Josh Harris as the young, spirited captain who followed in his father’s footsteps. This is true, however, he’s got a bit of experience under his belt now. And he’s passing it down to the next generation of young fishermen in his latest photo.

Always sharing his personal triumphs on social media, the “Deadliest Catch” star shared a sweet photo recently with a young newcomer. It’s uncertain whether this person is an addition to the Discovery Channel hit or if it’s a relative (could be both, we assume!) However, Harris looks happy to have the kid on board.

Harris simply captioned the photo: #futureleaders. This left many fans speculating that the fishing captain may be filming for the newest season of “Deadliest Catch,” or at least preparing to.

Captains Josh Harris and Casey McManus share responsibilities aboard the Cornelia Marie. Harris partnered with McManus after his father’s death and he wasn’t able to afford the ship alone. Together, they set out each season on the Bering Sea on the hunt for king crab. And while some other seasoned fishermen thought Harris didn’t take the profession seriously in the beginning, he’s shown he’s not backing down easily.

“Deadliest Catch” Captain Once Thought Josh Harris Didn’t Take Jon Seriously

Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard even once remarked how Harris wasn’t ‘even close to professional’ when he began his fishing journey.

“Well, Josh has always been a huge part of the show ever since Phil [Capt. Phil Harris]  passed away without question. And a lot of it’s just been Josh’s learning curve. I mean, he [Josh] didn’t take it serious. He wasn’t even closely professional, in any manner whatsoever. The last few years he’s finally turned the corner, and he has started to do that,” Colburn says.

And Colburn would know. He’s been in the fishing game for decades before he appeared on “Deadliest Catch.” The seasoned fishermen also shared some advice about captaining a ship and what not to do.

“There are so many mistakes, but the worst is not preparing for a worst-case scenario, be it anything from bad fishing to mechanical failures,” Colburn explained to Boating Magazine. “If you don’t have contingency plans, things can get tragic. Boaters can apply this by having a float plan so someone knows where you are.”

He further added:

“Also, make sure you have a safety talk before you depart to point out safety gear, fire extinguishers, operating basics, and how to use the electronics. What happens if the captain hits his head? The crew can’t respond if they don’t where the safety gear is located.”