‘Deadliest Catch: Bloodline’: Why Josh Harris Says the Show Came Together as an ‘Experiment’

by Courtney Blackann

The newest version of “Deadliest Catch” takes Captain Josh Harris to the turquoise paradise that is Hawaii. The warm waters are a welcoming sight for the Alaskan fisherman. And there’s an element of treasure hunting and old family maps, too.

While it’s not necessarily the treasure you’re probably thinking of, Harris discovered his late father’s fishing maps of the Kona region. This spurred curiosity about what could be lurking in the old spots. Harris decided to jump at the chance to explore and hopped on a plane heading south.

However, he didn’t intend for his adventure to turn into a full-blown spinoff show, but producers of the Discovery hit thought they’d come along and see what turned up. And that’s how “Deadliest Catch: Bloodline” was born.

The trek is nostalgic for Harris, who finds great comfort in knowing he was heading somewhere his father had once been and fished. Phil Harris was also a licensed captain and fisherman, leaving his legacy to his sons once he died.

Josh Harris opened up about how fishing in his dad’s old spots in Hawaii turned into a successful experiment as it opened doors to the spinoff. Along with fellow captain Casey McManus, the two packed their bags and set off.

In a recent interview, Harris discussed his thoughts about the trip.

“…we’re getting on an airplane and we’re going to Hawaii. We’re really doing it. They were already filming us doing the boat stuff. So they’re like, ‘well, we’ll, we’ll tag along to this. This sounds interesting.’ And they [Discovery] do a full blown show! We didn’t anticipate that we were going to shoot for this, it just kind of happened.  I’ll say that there’s talks about still going back and doing another round [of Bloodline],” Harris said.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Learns About His Father

The journey was not only successful and interesting, but Harris said it made him appreciate his dad and he felt very close to him during the time he was there.

“This was kind of an experiment that we did and it turned out to be really cool. I got to learn a lot about my father. It was a success all the way around,  the viewership was good and I got to learn more about fish that I still can’t pronounce,” Harris said.

The gorgeous islands of Hawaii are surrounded by crystal clear water and stunning reefs. The area also has a rich cultural history, which Harris got to experience.

“Also, I learned about what my dad was doing it in Hawaii, and running into people that he met and things like, [my dad] had a sign that’s on the walls still today in this office [which] is kind of funny to read what he’d wrote to people. Because I remember, back in the day, when we get together and do the Catch Cons and the stuff that he would write on people’s autograph cards,” he said.