“It’s really hot out today in Breckinridge,” Josh Harris tells Zap2it from the latest location for “After the Catch” — the roundtable companion show to Discovery’s Tuesday reality hit “Deadliest Catch” –at the Whale’s Tail restaurant in the Colorado ski-resort town, far from any ocean.
“It’s probably in the 80s here,” adds Harris.
Reminded that’s a far cry from the bitter cold and crushing ice suffered by the crab fleet as it sought opilio crab on Alaska’s Bering Sea during the first half of 2012, Harris says, “Oh, yes, it is. God bless it. God bless it. That’s all I can say about that.”
Among those on the new season of “After the Catch” are crab captains Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand of the F/V Time Bandit, Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard, “Wild Bill” Wichrowski of the F/V Kodiak, and Sig Hansen of the F/V Northwestern.
Also sitting in are deckhands from the various boats featured in the series, including Time Bandit crewman Harris — son of the late Phil Harris, captain of the F/V Cornelia Marie — and Jake Anderson, Hansen’s protege aboard the Northwestern.
In fact, it was Hansen who performed Anderson’s recent wedding, held May 12 in Seattle, Wash., the Northwestern’s home port (see below, in a photo tweeted by Time Bandit deckhand Mike Fourtner).
“I was at Sig’s house one day, and it was a joke, like, ‘Yeah, will you officiate the wedding?’ And he took it seriously. He said, ‘Well, sure, I guess,’ and it went from there.
Asked how married life is going after about a month, Anderson says, “Oh, it’s going wonderfully, considering I had to leave the next day to go fishing. Six in the morning. I know, it sucked. But I got to spend a few days with her last week, then I had to leave for a month.
“Maybe in September, I’ll hopefully have some time. I’ve got a two-week vacation planned.”
As for the patter of little feet, Anderson says, “She wants [a baby] now. But I bought her a dog last week, a little Yorkie.”
The newlywed hopes the pooch will satisfy his bride’s maternal instincts “maybe for a little bit. It pees on the bed and everything else.”
Along with a new wife and a new house — “I didn’t think I’d have a house that nice,” he says — Anderson also has the credentials for his USCG (United States Coast Guard) Mate’s license, gained through study at Compass Courses Maritime Training in Edmonds, Wash.
On June 5, Colburn tweeted from his @CrabWizard account: “Jake Anderson just got his USCG Mates license. The kid is shaking he’s so excited Congratulations.” along with this picture of one very excited deckhand.
“So I called them, and they said, ‘Yeah, we can ship it to you right now.’ I said, ‘Oh, wow, I didn’t really expect to have it done.’ Then yesterday, it got here. I didn’t even believe it until I got it in my hands.
“It was pretty exciting for me. I worked really hard. It took me a long time, back and forth from the boat. I can only do a little bit at a time. Most people, they take off three, four months, and they do it all at once. It took me about two-and-a-half years. It was a long time.”
Anderson explains his new capabilities, saying, “On a big boat, I can work as a mate, like on a trawler or a factory longliner or any kind of factory boat. Right now, if anybody wanted to hire me, I’d shoot straight for the wheelhouse and work as a mate.”
But, does that mean he’ll leave the Northwestern behind?
“No,” Anderson says. “I’m sure they’ll ask me that today, when I do the show, but I’m not leaving for a few years. I think you’ll see a little more Edgar [Hansen, Sig’s younger brother and the Northwestern’s deckboss] up there in the wheelhouse, which means I’ll get engine room experience, which is good.
“Then, maybe, when the show’s over, everybody will go their own separate ways.”
In August, Edgar Hansen and Anderson head out on the road, in a traveling show called “Bering Sea Brawn.”
“It’s like the Captain’s Tour,” says Anderson, referring to a traveling show featuring “Deadliest Catch” skippers. “He’ll give me some sh**, I’ll try to fight back. Everybody will laugh. That’ll be it.
“I’ll come back from tendering, and then I’ll go out with Edgar.”
Meanwhile, Harris reveals that he’s working on obtaining full family ownership of his father’s boat, which is not out fishing on this current “Deadliest” season.
“I’ve been super busy,” he says, “just trying to buy the boat. It’s a chore.”
That project moves forward, but Harris’ attempt to quit smoking, as seen on the show, is hitting rough seas.
“It’s not going so well,” he
says. “I was doing so good with electronic cigarettes, and then they broke, and I didn’t get any more. It’s extremely hard. All I know is, the show’s going good.”