Jake Anderson is back as a deckhand on the Northwestern. It was evident while watching “Deadliest Catch” last year, that Jake was not welcome on the F/V Kiska Sea. The crew treated him like a brand new greenhorn, and the captain didn’t want to just hand over his ship, even though that was the main reason that Jake left the Northwestern. The captain allowed Jake to run the boat to haul several pots, but when Jake wasn't fast enough to keep the fast pace, the captain sent him back on deck. Jake wasn't allowed to work as an engineer on the boat so that killed his chances on becoming a captain.
Jake discovered there was no future for him on the Kiska Sea. Even though times were hard on the Kiska Sea, Jake honored his contract and stayed until it expired. On the Discovery Channel's website, a video has Jake meeting up with Sig and Edgar Hansen in Seattle, Washington. They meet by the water, under a bridge. Jake tells Sig, “I want my old job back.” Sig grins, replying, “Really? Like that’s a big surprise.” But he does tell Jake that he can come along for King Crab, but after that, he’s on his own.
So what keeps Jake going when everything turns against him? He admits that he believes in God. Fans can remember when Jake first started on the Northwestern, all he wanted was Sig's jacket. He received that jacket at the end of the show. The next year, Jake wanted to be in the captain's chair. Tragedy within his family, might have caused many people to just give up on life, but Jake used that to become stronger.
Before Jake came to work on the Northwestern, he was a professional skateboarder. When an injury caused him to give up that career, he became homeless and and dealt with substance abuse. Jake somehow pulled himself out of this lifestyle to land a job on the Northwestern. Fans watched as Jake handled the news that his sister passed away while he was at sea. Then, his father disappeared in 2010. Jake spent two years looking for his father. He didn't know if his father was dead or alive, but his faith in God helped him through this dark period of his life. His father’s body wasn’t found until two years later.
Sig told Zap2it, "We love him, that's for sure. Ask him how his patience is. He doesn't have a lot of patience. Ask him if he should run a boat because he's entitled, because he's spent eight years up there.
"He'll be fine. He has to be patient. If he sticks around for a while, I think hopefully he'll have a surprise coming. You didn't hear that from me, and I didn't say it, but I'm just sayin'."
Perhaps Jake will learn patience. After all, they say that good things come to those who wait. Do you think he will have the patience to wait for his surprise from Sig? Do you believe that Jake has what it takes to be a captain? Put your comments below.