‘Deadliest Catch’: The Lessons Jake Anderson Wants Fans to Take from His Life

by Courtney Blackann

While the “Deadliest Catch” crews are thought of as purely fishermen, there are many more lessons the sea teaches them. The crews face situations that are potentially life-threatening. In navigating these rough waters and harsh conditions, they also learn a thing or two about life. This is true for Jake Anderson, who wants his fans to learn from his own experience.

In a 2015 interview with Hollywood Soapbox, he shares some valuable information about his life as a fisherman. Formerly, Anderson was part of the crew on the Northwestern. He has since left to pursue another boat, however, the things he learned there were invaluable.

“I hope people can understand for themselves that if they want something they’re going to have sacrifice something to get it. Otherwise, they can’t complain why they didn’t get it. People are seeing that the true nature of following your heart and your dream is not fun,” he says.

Sacrifices are a regular part of the fishing life. Many of the crew members on ‘Deadliest Catch” have family that they have to travel away from for days at a time. There are also many holidays and birthdays missed due to the fishing season, which begins in October. Further, if the fishing is bad, that means the crews have to be gone more in search of filling their quota.

The fisherman went on to say:

“I just know the end result will be great, and viewers will see that by the end of the season. … I don’t know if I want to stay in the industry for life, or if I’m going to aspire to be say a captain of a freighter or something. That’s what I’m going to find out. I’m in the process of going on my third five-year plan.”

“Deadliest Catch” Captain Sig Hansen Shares Love of Fishing from His Dad

While each “Deadliest Catch” captain is a seasoned fisherman, they still can take some advice from trusted individuals. This includes Captain Sig Hansen, who shares how his love of fishing came from his dad – which is something he passed down to his own kids.

Fishing is a way of life for the fishing captain, but that spark began with an older generation, Hansen says.

“When I was a kid, the first time I was on a crab boat I was 12 years old,” the “Deadliest Catch” star said. “Every summer from there I would participate by fishing for Blue King Crab, Gold Fin Salmon. In the Bering Sea, or if we went to Norway as a family, I would have a job over there to fish for cod or mackerel or herring. I was always busy in the summer.”