Captain Elliott Neese Jailed? His wiki/ bio, net worth, wife, and kids.

Elliott Nicodemus Neese was set up for success right from his early days. One of the youngest captains to be featured in the reality TV show Deadliest Catch, Elliott was a calming presence. During his time on the show, Elliot captained fishing vessels such as Ramblin’ Rose and Saga. His natural charisma and sense of adventure were admired by fans. But underneath his cool demeanor, Elliott had a will of fire. He understood his principles and rarely strayed away from them. As a result, Elliott would often get into arguments with the owner of the Rambling Rose. So, what happened to this former Deadliest Catch cast member?  In this wiki-like biography, we take a closer look at Elliott Nicodemus Neese.

Early Life:

Elliott Nicodemus Neese was born on January 26, 1982, in the United States. He comes from a family of fishermen. Elliott was a subpar student who would never find his career in studies. Instead, Elliott took to fishing and had already begun angling by the age of 12. Elliott was well versed in Pot Fishing by 19 and was better than your average fisherman.

Captain Elliott Neese
Captain Elliott Neese

Going up the ranks:

Since graduating from high school, Elliott devoted more of his time to fishing and the sea. He began his journey as a deck boss and gradually climbed through the ranks to become the boat’s engineer. In a short period, Elliott had climbed through the ranks to become the boat’s sub-captain.

Deadliest Catch:

“Deadliest Catch” is a popular American reality television series that first aired in 2005. It follows the lives of crab fishermen in Alaska as they face the challenges of fishing in one of the harshest environments on earth. The show documents the dangerous and demanding work of the crew as they navigate the Bering Sea in search of valuable crab, highlighting the hazards of the job, the camaraderie among the crew, and the competition for the biggest catch. The show has been well-received and has become a cultural phenomenon, with a dedicated fan base and high viewership.

Former Deadliest Catch cast Elliott Neese

Elliott made the “Deadliest Catch” debut in 2011 on Season 7 Episode 1 “New Blood.” He captained the Rambling rose for the whole of the 7th and 8th seasons. In one of the episodes in the 8th season, Elliott argued with the owner of Rambling Rose as the young captain refused to go out in the storm when the owner wanted to. 

Changing Ships:

After the argument with the owner of Rambling Rose, Elliott decided to jump ship. In the ninth season, Elliott came back to the show as the captain of Saga. Aboard his ship, Elliott ran the waters of the Bering Sea with new confidence. He remained with the series till the end of the 11th season. At the end of the 11th season, Elliott decided to bow out from captainship and handed over the reins to Jake Anderson. Altogether, Elliot appeared in 60 episodes from 2011-2015. In addition to Deadliest Catch, he was part of the spin-off “Deadliest Catch: The bait” appearing in 12 episodes from 2013-14.


When news of Elliott’s departure was revealed, fans were left confused. After all, neither Elliott nor the discover channel revealed any reasons why. It was later revealed that Elliott had developed an addiction problem. Determined to get his life back on track, Elliott enrolled at the Passengers rehab facility in Hawaii.


After finishing time at the rehab, Elliott once again took back to the sea. He ran a cog ship for some time and often posted pictures of himself spearfishing and angling in locations around central America. However, this was not the end of his drug saga. He was arrested in December 2019 on drug charges with the intent to sell. Elliot signed a secret plea deal with authority on December 6, 2021, which allowed him to be released on pre-trial monitoring.

While he waited on probations Elliot wasn’t refrained from working on Ships within Alaska waterways. The case dragged on in 2022 and after several failed drug tests Elliot was remanded in custody. In the end, the former deadliest catch star was sentenced to 30 months in prison. 

Net Worth

Captain Elliott had part ownership of the fishing vessel Saga. He later sold his shares after leaving the ship. As of now, Elliot has a net worth of $100,000.

Personal Life:

Elliott Neese is currently single. He was previously in a relationship with Erika Fidenbergs, who hailed from Chicago. The two met during his time in the rehab facility. After the two hit it off  Elliot often posted the pictures together on his social media with his first public post coming on January 9, 2015.


The pair went on many trips together including Mexico and California. At some point, Erika also joined him in Alaska. While Elliot himself a recovering drug addict and Erika fighting a battle of her own, the relationship was a disaster in waiting. During their time together, Erika struggled with substance abuse and had stints in rehab. She wanted to rejoin school and become a nurse or phlebotomist. However, Erika  Fridenbergs died of a heroin overdose at the age of 21 on September 14, 2016. Even though Erika passed away she was able to donate her heart, liver, and kidneys to three different recipients.

Elliott Neese ex-partner Valerie Gunderson
Elliott Neese ex-partner Valerie Gunderson

Prior to this Elliot was in a relationship with Valerie Gunderson. The pair had children together. Their eldest born is a boy who is in his teenage years, and currently enrolled in school and the youngest is a girl named Shannon Elliot.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameElliott Nicodemus Neese
Age 41
Date of BirthJanuary 26, 1982
Place of BirthUnited States
ProfessionTV personality, Commercial Fisherman, Captain
Net worth$100,000
Relationship StatusSingle
Marital StatusUnmarried
Girlfriend Erika Fidenbergs (deceased)
Ex-PartnerValerie Gunderson (ex),
KidsShannon Elliott

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