‘Deadliest Catch’: Jake Anderson Thinks There Were ‘Misconceptions’ About Why He Left the Northwestern

by Samantha Whidden
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Following his departure from the Northwestern, Deadliest Catch star Jake Anderson stated there were “misconceptions” about why he decided to leave. 

“Northwestern is my home and always will be my home,” the Deadliest Catch castmate told Hollywood Soapbox in 2015. “We’re family there.”

Anderson then shared that after an opportunity on another ship fell through, he decided to come back to the Northwestern. The Deadliest Catch star admitted he was lucky there was a spot for him on the ship’s deck. “It’s just safer for the boat to have guys on there that have been in it. It’s really hard for us five guys on the deck to ever get fired. Because we are a family and take care of each other.”

According to Discovery, the Deadliest Catch cast member is a fourth-generation crab fisherman. He was notably introduced to crab fishing in 2007 but his uncle and Northwestern crewman, Nick Mavar.  

Eventually, Anderson decided to leave the Northwestern to run the Kiska Sea. Anderson fought for respect from the ship’s crew, but after one disappointing season, he left the Kiska Sea and asked for his spot back on the Northwestern. 

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Jake Anderson Discusses What It Was Like to be Captain

During his interview with Hollywood Soapbox, Deadliest Catch cast member, Jake Anderson opens up about what it was like to captain and his other goals. “This year was the biggest year I’ve ever had in my whole life. Personally and on Deadliest Catch.”

Anderson also stated he doesn’t think any other television series or documentary has ever been able to say they have documented the “American Dream” firsthand because of his story. “[I am] living the American Dream. Doing what I want to do, and aspiring and finding a goal.”

Anderson then noted he was so grateful to be part of something so great as Deadliest Catch. “I think the show is just outrageously phenomenal.”

Anderson then shared that he hoped the Deadliest Catch audience learn a few lessons from his life experiences. “I hope poles an understand for themselves that if they want something, they’re going to have to sacrifice something to get it. Otherwise, they can’t complain why they didn’t get it.”

Anderson goes to add the Deadliest Catch audience is seeing that the “true nature” of following heart and dreams is not always fun. “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 fighter or something.”