Jake Anderson | Biography

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  • Full Name Jake Anderson
  • Occupation Fisherman, Entrepreneur, TV Personality
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Washington, D.C., USA
  • Birth Date Sep 16, 1980
  • Age 43 Years, 8 Months
American Fishing Captain, Co-owner of the Fishing Vessel (FV) Saga, Cast of the Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch' franchise

Jake Anderson | Biography

Anderson has discussed his injury, addiction, homelessness, private journey, and other important instances of his life, in his book 'Relapse' published in 2014

The 'Deadliest Catch' is a documentary series chronicling the real-life sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen, which is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. It is one of the top shows on the Discovery Channel and features many brave fishermen who risk their lives at sea. The years of experience that Anderson has gathered made him a part of the show.

Jake Anderson is an American fishing captain, well known for featuring on the Discovery Channel's documentary series 'Deadliest Catch.'

Who is Jake Anderson?

Jacob Van Martin Anderson, popularly known as Jake Anderson, is an American fishing captain. He is the co-owner of the Fishing Vessel (FV) Saga. He gained prominence for working on the franchise series Deadliest Catch: Inside the CatchDeadliest Catch: The Bait, and Deadliest Catch

Jake also has collaboration with the California-based DVS Shoes. 

Early Life

Jake Anderson was born on 16 September 1980 in Forks, Washington. He grew up in the fishing town of Anacortes, Washington D.C., among fishermen. He is a fourth-generation fisherman and started to sail from an early age. 

Anderson has been fishing for nearly 15 years since he began working on boats as a teenager. Alongside fishing, Anderson was also interested in skateboarding. He began to skate to local shops in Los Angeles at the age of 19. Soon, he became famous and was admired by all. However, in an accident, Anderson's ankle got damaged and ended his skating interest. Since then, fishing has become his sole focus. 


Anderson was fishing salmon off Bristol Bay in Alaska when he was 17. At the age of 20, he was on a trawler processor, and at the age of 25, he started pot fishing. After a year, he began working as a greenhorn on the FV Northwestern, where he worked for the next six years.

Due to his dedication, he received many promotions throughout his career. He went from the greenhorn to full share deckhand to relieve the previous deck boss under Captain Sig Hansen. 

F/V Saga 

In 2015, Anderson took over as captain of the F/V Saga. He started building the boat from ground level up while fishing one of the largest king crab quotas in the fleet. Anderson made many contributions, such as installing a new refrigeration system, cleaning fuel and water tanks. He also did a complete rebuild of the boat's CAT engines and changed the boat's color scheme. Now the company brings in some of the largest numbers of crab. 

'Deadliest Catch'

The Deadliest Catch is a documentary series chronicling the real-life sea adventures of the Alaskan crab fishermen. Crab fishing is one of the riskiest professions in the world. The docuseries received 16 Primetime Emmys, 27 wins, and a total of 77 nominations. It first aired in 2005, and Anderson has been a part of the show since 2007.

The show is one of the top shows on the Discovery Channel and features many brave fishermen who risk their lives at sea. The years of experience that Anderson has gathered made him a part of the show. 

Anderson was also a member of Deadliest Catch's finale show, shot in mid- February 2020 when Coronavirus began to spread. In the last season, Anderson went back to his roots and went to work again with Sig Hansen's boat. 

Collaboration with DVS Shoes 

After discovering Anderson's interest in skating and the ankle injury that ceased his passion, California-based DVS Shoes announced it had paired with Jake Anderson to collaborate on a special edition skate shoe in 2011. 


Jake Anderson has authored the book 'Relapse,' published on 4 April 2014. During an interview with Dr. Drew Pinsky in 2012, Jake admitted that he is a recovering alcoholic and admitted that his addiction made him homeless for two years. 

Anderson has faced many losses throughout his life and has found many ways to overcome them. In the book, Jake has shared about the loss of his sister, father, and mentor, Phil Harris. 

The book also focuses on his aspiration to become a professional skateboarder and how the injury affected him. Anderson discusses his injury, addiction, homelessness, private journey, and other important instances, which have inspired his life and many.

Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Anderson's net worth is estimated to be $1.8 million, all of which comes through his venture with the Discovery Channel and fishing. 

Personal Life

Captain Jake Anderson is married to Jenna Patterson

The two met for the first time in Seattle when Jake was on chipyard duty. Jenna approached Anderson and asked for his autograph. However, she was encouraged by her nieces to give him her number, which she did. The two started talking and eventually fell in love. They tied the knot in 2012 after a magical proposal. Ship captain Sig Hansen officiated the wedding. 

Jake and Jenna have two sons. The older son, Aiden Benn Anderson, was born in January 2015. At the same time, Jake received a call from his previous Saga Captain Elliott Neese, who asked him if he was interested in running the Saga. Jake accepted the offer and had to leave the family shortly after Aiden was born. 

The pair welcomed their youngest son, Cadence Anderson, on 13 June 2017, leaving Jake to struggle and find a balance between his job as a captain and as a father. Though he is away from his family most of the time, Jake tries to spend the entire time with his sons once he is back home. 

Loss of his father and sister 

In 2009, when Anderson was 27, his sister passed away from complications fighting pneumonia. Within three years, he lost his father, Keith Anderson. Keith was reported missing, and his remains were found one mile from where his truck was located. 

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