A fourth generation fisherman, Jake Anderson has always lived close to the sea. Born in Forks, Washington, he grew up in the fishing town of Anacortes, Washington, surrounded by generations of fishermen. Raised in this rich environment, Jake took to the sea at an early age with his uncle Brian Mavar. At 17 he was fishing salmon off Bristol Bay in Alaska, at 20 he was on a trawler processor and at 25 he began pot fishing. Just one year later, he became a greenhorn on the F/V Northwestern where he was a key part of the hit television series The Deadliest Catch.
His personality and charisma carried throughout the series, as he went from greenhorn to full-share deckhand, and just recently was promoted to Deckboss, under Captain Sig Hansen. Viewers watched Jake grow into the role, and though his responsibilities increased greatly over a few years, he never lost his sense of wonder about the Bering Sea. Now an integral part of the Northwestern, Jake has grown into one of the show’s major characters, weathering life struggles and the passing of loved ones like his other mentor, Captain Phil Harris, with depth and maturity. He speaks the taciturn language of his fellow fishermen, but is known also for being able to explain the ins-and-outs of the treacherous world of Alaskan crab fishing to the viewers.
In 2010 Jake obtained his USCG Mate 1600-ton fishing license and Master 100-ton license with the goal of becoming captain of his own ship some day soon.
Outside of fishing, Jake is an avid skateboarder, a lifelong passion of his that he started at age 13. He became an amateur skateboarder at 19 and spends his off season skating for fun. He signed to skate company DVS Shoes and is developing a line of shoes. Jake lives in Seattle during the off season. He tours frequently throughout the year in support of the show and his fellow fishermen, often appearing at benefit events. You can follow Jake Anderson on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with all his travels and adventures.