Jake Anderson Is in Season 20 of 'Deadliest Catch,' but He's on a Different Boat

Jake Anderson is in 'Deadliest Catch' Season 20, but not on his own boat. He had to join the Northwestern.


Jun. 11 2024, Published 10:56 a.m. ET

Jake Anderson and Sophia "Bob" Nielsen standing in front of the Saga
Source: Discovery

Fans of Deadliest Catch have been with the show for years, so long in fact that the series is now in its 20th season. The show has been going since 2005, but in a new trailer for Season 20, many fans noticed that some of the show's most familiar faces appeared to be missing.

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Jake Anderson, Sophia "Bob" Nielsen, and Sean Dwyer appear to be absent from the upcoming season, along with the Saga, one of the boats that has been with the show since the beginning. Now, fans want to know why Jake isn't in Season 20.

Jake Anderson standing next to pots on the Saga
Source: Warner Bros
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Why is Jake Anderson not on 'Deadliest Catch'?

According to TV Insider, Jake's boat, the Saga, was locked up and repossessed, leaving Jake with no way to provide for his family. However, he's definitely still on the show. Jake ultimately returned to the Northwestern, having to take some humble pills and return to the ship where he initially learned the ropes. In speaking with TV Insider, Jake said that he found out he wouldn't be able to take the boat out just days beforehand.

"With the boat, I found out on a Friday in August," Jake said. "Everything was situated to go red crab fishing. Then September 1, things started to look dark. Just before I was getting to go red crab fishing, I found out my partner, with all due respect with the legal things going on, we don’t know what he did. I lost my boat. In saying that, I don’t think there has ever been a show to watch the American dream unfold and watch it crumble at the same time."

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Jake ultimately turned to Sig Hansen, his old mentor, for support after losing his boat.

"As fishermen and fisherwomen, the camaraderie is something special," Jake said. "It’s a very honorable profession. Not just for Sig, but I think any one of us would do that for each other, even if we were an enemy. For Sig specifically, not that I expected him to take me in, but we both knew we’d had a tumultuous relationship."

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"Without my boat, I’m not a threat to him anymore," Jake added. "I can only be an asset. Honestly, if you asked him I think he was, in a very small way, happy to have some of his team back again."

Jake added that the tumultuous relationship will extend into the season.

"I think the fans will have to watch because I don’t want to give away any spoilers," Jake said. "But like I said we have a tumultuous relationship. I really had to step down, and that was really hard for me. It really settled in where I was and where I was in reality in that I didn’t think I was going to end up sitting on the port side of the old boat I used to work on."

"For me, I’m very honest with them so the public can see I believe in the show and believe in fishing," Jake added. "That they can see my open heart, especially when it’s raw like that…It is entertaining. I’ll tell you that."

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