‘Deadliest Catch’: Why Keith Colburn Said Josh Harris ‘Wasn’t Even Closely Professional’ Early On

by Courtney Blackann
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If fans of “Deadliest Catch” know anything about Captain Josh Harris, then they’re aware of the legend his late father Phil was. The fishing captain had a superb reputation with his fellow crew and captains. While Harris wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps, according to Captain Keith Colburn, he didn’t always possess the maturity and professionalism required for a fishing captain.

In an interview with Monsters & Critics last year, Colburn opened up about when Harris first entered the industry on his own and what that meant.

“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.

Despite this, Harris along with Captain Casey McManus have shown that they are in the game to stay. The two co-own and run the Cornelia Marie. They have proven that over time that they’ve become quite the competitors when it comes to fishing the dangerous Bering Sea.

Both Harris and McManus recently filmed their spin off “Deadliest Catch: Bloodline” where they follow an old fishing map down to Hawaii.

“Deadliest Catch” Star Fondly Remembers Father

Harris described the spinoff as a happy accident. The fishing map belonged to his father and he wanted to see where it led him. He enlisted McManus in the journey and soon producers of the Discovery hit were interested.

“…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.

He goes on to add:

“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.

While Harris and McManus got to explore the Bering Sea’s opposite climate – with clear, blue waters and lush, green landscapes – they also said the trip was nostalgic – as Harris got to experience the same spots his dad once fished.

“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.

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