Jake Anderson has been around the set of Deadliest Catch for nearly two decades. One of the most proficient fishers on board Jake didn’t always want to be a fisherman. Growing up, Jake admired skateboarders and wanted to be one of them. An unfortunate injury pulled the plug on Jake’s dreams which led him to a downward spiral of alcohol and drugs. Even though things haven’t always been good for Jake, he has managed to make the best out of every situation. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Jake Anderson.
Jake is an American reality television personality, commercial fisherman and boat captain. He is the current captain of Saga.
Jacob Van Martin Anderson was born on the 16th of September 1980 in Anacortes, Washington, United States. Raised in Anacortes, Jake spent much of his early life tailing his father Keith Arthur Anderson. He also had a sister, Chelsea Dawn Anderson, who unfortunately passed away. His father Keith served in the U.S. Army while there is very little info on his mother and late sister.
As a young kid growing up in Washington, Jake had a thirst for skateboarding. He loved the sport and wanted to make a name for himself. But during his early years, Jake suffered a massive injury that put an end to his dreams. This pushed Jake towards alcohol and drugs. It took him nearly two years and life as a homeless to realize that he would never be a skateboarder. Faced with a new reality, Jake began working towards a new career in fishing.
Jake began his career as a salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska. In 2007, Jake was offered a chance to join under the captain and he took it. He started as a greenhorn on the Northwestern, under Captain Sig Hansen, and became a deck boss in 2012. He obtained his captain’s license in 2012 and joined the Saga as a captain and co-owner in 2015. He has been on the Saga ever since, except for a brief stint on the Kiska Sea in 2018.
Deadliest Catch is a reality television series that premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2005 and currently airs worldwide. The show follows crab fishermen aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and snow crab fishing seasons. The show features various captains and crews, including Jake Anderson, who is the captain and co-owner of the Saga. Jake made his show debut in May of 2007 during season 3 episode 7 titled “New Beginnings.” After five years on board under the tutelage of Hansen, Jake was promoted to the position of deck boss of Northwestern. During that time Jake also earned his USCG Mate 1600-ton license and Master 100-ton Captain’s license. Jake joined Saga as captain and owner in 2015. He took over the fishing vessel from the previous captain Elliot Neese.
According to IMDb, he has appeared in 70 episodes of Deadliest Catch as a crew member of the Saga from 2015 to 2022. He has also appeared in several specials and spin-offs of the show, such as Deadliest Catch: The Bait, Deadliest Catch: Inside the Catch, Deadliest Catch: Trial of a Generation, and Deadliest Catch: The Viking Returns.
For all his success, Jake has had a fair share of tragedies in his life. During the fifth season of the series, Jake lost his sister Chelsea Dawn Anderson to complications caused by pneumonia. The loss was documented in the episode entitled, Bitter Tears. Things got worse for Jake who lost his father during the sixth season. Even though his father disappeared during the Blown Off Course, Jake never got to meet him. His father’s body was found in 2012.
In addition to his sea exploits, Jake is a published author. He released his autobiography “Relapsed” on April 4, 2014. He has also dabbled in business and owns a line of Skateboarding shoes. As of now, Jake has a net worth of $2.5 million.
Over the years Jake has been seen attending several events including making appeareances for the promotion of Deadliest Catch. Here are some of them:
Jake Anderson attended Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” Season 15 Premiere Event at The Paley Center for Media on April 09, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California.
He also attended Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” Season 14 Premiere Event at The Space Needle on April 03, 2018, in Seattle, Washington.
Jake was also attending Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” Season 13 Premiere Event at Gallery I at Spring Studios on March 29, 2017, in New York City.
Jake Anderson spoke at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market at Salt Palace Convention Center on January 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jake Anderson was seen signing copies of his book Relapse at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on April 29, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.
Wife and kids:
Jake Anderson is married to Jenna Patterson, whom he met at a festival in Seattle in 2009. They got married in 2012 and have three sons: Aiden, Cadence and Luka. Their eldest Aiden Benn Arthur Anderson was born in January 2015 followed by Cadence Anderson born in June 2017 and the youngest Luke Anderson was born in March 2020.
From their social media posts, it seems that Jake and Jenna have a strong and happy marriage. Jake has shared photos of them together on dates, vacations, holidays and family outings. They have faced some challenges and tragedies in their lives, such as Jake’s addiction, his sister’s death and his father’s disappearance, but they have overcome them together. They also enjoy spending time with their kids and having fun as a family.
Jacob Van Martin Anderson
42 years old
Date of Birth
September 16, 1980
Place of Birth
Anacortes, Washington, United States
Television Personality, Commercial Fisherman, Captain
Jenna Anderson (m. 2012-present)
Aiden Benn Arthur Anderson, Cadence Anderson, Luke Anderson