'Deadliest Catch': Bonus Catch From Josh Harris and E.P. Jeff Conroy
This past week, I wrote a story about Discovery's "Deadliest Catch" for Zap2it -- click here
to have a look-- that focused on last Tuesday's episode, in which the conflict aboard the F/V Cornelia Marie boiled over.
As with all stories, there are bits of the interviews that don't make it into the final edit. So, since I know many of my loyal Cuppers are also big "Catch" fans, here are some bonus goodies from Cornelia co-owner and deckhand Jake Harris and executive producer Jeff Conroy:
Josh Harris on abandoning crab fishing for showbiz: "You know what, I would love to do something that's easy and make money at it, but I think I would go into convulsions if I didn't fish.
"I was trying to do a 15-second commercial for Discovery, and I couldn't even say one line. I don't know how successful I would be in the show business. I would love to do it, but I gotta make sure my guys are employed. I gotta do it the right way, the way my dad ( the late Capt. Phil Harris) would have wanted to do it, and the way I want to do it. That's what I want to do."
Jeff Conroy on the decision by Josh and brother Jake Harris to stop fishing early because of a poor catch and rising costs (and because of conflict with substitute Capt. Derrick Ray): "I really wanted them to fish more. It made it hard for us. Where they quit didn't give us as much material as I normally would want to work with.
"Look, for us, we really try to stay out of their business as much as possible. Really, that is their business, but them ending early was something we were not happy about at all.
"In fact, I talked to Josh, I said, 'Look, this is going to have to play as it plays. Just being honest with you here. We're going to look at the tapes of what happened out there, and that's what we're going to play. If you feel like quitting right now, then that's the way it's going to play. I'm not in the business of changing history.'"
Josh Harris on how he's getting along with brother Jake, who has been battling addiction: "It's kind of like black and white sometimes, but we're brothers, and that's what brothers do. But we're doing great. We're coming through to our own here."
Jeff Conroy on the future of the Cornelia Marie, on which the Harris brothers are now minority owners, while not yet qualified to be captains: "The thing is, these boats, they basically need to fish to make money. The Hillstrands (of the F/V Time Bandit) and (Captain Sig Hansen of) the Northwestern -- all those boats, they are owner/operators.
"So they save a lot of money and make a lot of money, because they're owner/operators, as opposed to leasing it out. I think the business gets harder and harder for the Cornelia Marie, where you have to make sure you get a captain, you have to maintain a boat, and you don't have tons of quota.
"So, I think it's going to be a very hard business. I don't know how Josh and Jake will do it. ... I'd love to have them out there. I want them to work it out. The truth is, there's a lot of goodwill out there towards Jake and Josh. Even getting the quota that they got (this past season), a lot of that was people wanting to see those boys come back because of Phil."
Josh Harris on Northwestern deckhand Jake Anderson -- click here, here and here for stories about him -- who has also dealt with personal tragedy and being a recovering addict while actively pursuing his dream of being a captain: "Jake is definitely an inspiration to me. I absolutely love that kid. He is always striving to do the best. For a guy our age, I can talk to him about stuff, and he understands. He's been a big inspiration to me, and he always encourages me to do it."