‘Deadliest Catch’ captains rake in $2 million in 2 days

Jake Anderson, a fishing captain, went from living as a vagrant to a big success, thanks to the popularity of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”

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“You’ve watched the American Dream unfold through me,” Anderson told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co.” on Monday. “There I was, a bum on the street, and now 14 years later … I’m managing a multi-million dollar company.”

And as far as crab fishing goes, a good catch can reward $2 million in just two days, according to Josh Harris, captain of the Cornelia Maria.

“I think I grossed $2.5 million in 11 days,” Anderson said.

The new season of the hit show starts on Tuesday. Last season, the Destination, a new 98-foot vessel, was found at the bottom of the Bering Sea five months after it disappeared with six crew members.

Anderson said the fleets are still traumatized from the experience.

“It wasn’t just the boat going down,” Anderson said. “This was one of my heroes, they were friends, family, and it hit our fleet hard because there’s only 70 boats now.”