The Deadliest Catch Member Who Was Sadly Once Homeless


There are plenty of people out there who wouldn’t have the strength, emotionally or physically, to work one day on an Alaskan crab fishing boat, let alone have an entire career. And for fishermen like Jake Anderson, the effects of the immeasurable challenges that this specific line of work causes may only be the tip of the iceberg. That’s because Anderson personally knows that not everyone enters this line of work with a clean slate.

Despite being featured on this successful series since 2007, Anderson has been through plenty of ups and downs. This can be due to the fact that Anderson came into the industry after already experiencing issues more complicated than snagging crab. Goskagit reports that Anderson reveals in his book “Relapse” that he had dreams of becoming a professional skateboarder. But that dream quickly faded after suffering an injury in 1999. The sudden loss of his skateboarding dream led to Anderson abusing alcohol and drugs, including methamphetamine. 

This downward spiral resulted in Anderson losing friends and supporters who didn’t want to hang around a drug addict. “They don’t want to touch you, they don’t want to talk to you, they point the fingers at you,” Anderson said. For the next two years, Anderson actually found himself homeless, trying to still salvage a skateboarding life on the streets of Anacortes. However, life did turn around, as  Discovery explains, when Anderson was introduced to crabbing by his uncle, Nick Mavar. Although fans have witnessed Anderson’s professional and personal life mimic the very unpredictable waves of the Bering sea, he has managed to climb the ladder to the big chair reserved only for captains. 



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