The death of Captain Phill Harris is undoubtedly one of the saddest happenings in the world of Deadliest Catch. A pioneer in the world of crabbing, there wasn’t a single soul who doubted the prowess of the captain. At the helm of the Cornelia Marie, Phill was an imposing figure. His authority shined in the way he conducted himself and his name commanded respect. But when the captain took his final breath on the 9th of February 2010, his absence was felt in the Bering Sea. After his departure, his sons Josh and Jake Harris decided to carry on the family name.
Life after Phill:
The void left by Phill Harris was not the one to be easily fulfilled. Even though his sons Josh and Jake stood at the helm of Cornelia in the absence of their father, the two young guns were reeling with their grief. Of the two, Josh is the one who is now at the helm of the Mane. Josh captained the ship alongside Casey McManus and the pair have made regular appearances in the reality TV series, Deadliest Catch. Josh has captained the ship for six seasons and is looking to increase his earnings this season around.
While Josh continued to carry on his family name at the Bering sea, Jake could never fully recover from the loss of his father. While Jake was around in 2010 and even worked at the Mane after his father’s death, he could not carry on. In 2012, he left the series and thus began his problems with the law.
On the wrong side:
Jake’s legal troubles began in January of 2018 when he was arrested after a confrontation with a ranger in Washington’s Bay View State Park. The confrontation led to a police chase and Jack’s RV was found. After inspecting the vehicle, the police found that Jack had been driving with more than half an ounce of heroin and various materials used for distribution. Jack declined to take a sobriety test which only added to the police’s case. Jack was later arrested for driving under influence and for possession.
How it all began?
While Jack is not the one to talk candidly about his experiences, he did talk about his addiction. He first got hooked on to drugs way back in his teen years. After an injury that left Jack with some broken bones, Jack turned to opiates.
Affected by the death of his father, Jack’s addiction continued to grow. He turned to drugs and alcohol to fill the void left by his father. In a special episode of Deadliest Catch, Jack revealed the extent of his addiction.
“[I] got a big hole in my heart and tried to fill it up with everything that wasn’t good for it,” he admitted. “It took me a while to realize what I wanted out of life. It was a big trip up, threw my world upside down, put me in a really sad place for a little bit, kinda made things worse before they got better.”
Jake is now in prison after being sentenced on counts of possession and driving under influence. He received an 18-month sentence on the 1st of August, 2019.
A bit on Jake Harris biography
Youngest of two, Jake was born on March 18, 1983, in Washington, United States. Born to Phill Harris and Mary Harris, Jake grew up with his brother Josh, both looking up to their father learned the tricks of the trade. Jake attended Monroe High School.
Not just good with fishing Jake is an author and has several books under his name. He is credited as the author of Rude Puzzler, The Little Black Book of Chat-up Lines and Flirting, and The Little Book of Essential Foreign Chat Up Lines.