By: Nesa Nourmohammadi
As we’ve witnessed in shows like River Monsters and Off the Hook, fishing incites fire and passion in anyone looking for a big catch.
The same can be said about our new Animal Planet series, Alaska: Battle on the Bay. In it, we’ll follow five boat captains and their crews as they try to make it rich off of fishing for sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where 44 million fish migrate every year.
Get to know them a little better:
Capt. Taran White (The Thunder) is a young brash Bristol Bay native with the fastest boat on the water.
Capt. Luke Swab (The Jimmy Jeff) is a laid-back Detroit native with a fixer-upper vessel that might slow him down.
Capt. Vince Hoiby (The Jesse N) is a long-time veteran with the patience and knowledge to hit it big on the bay.
Capt. Tom Walsh (The Intruder) is a fiery Irishman with a hot temper and a greenhorn crew.
Capt. Leonard Ferrigno (The Deborah Renee) is a family man with his sons on board. But that won’t stop him from using his boat as a battering ram to get what he wants.
Salmon fishing in Bristol Bay isn’t just about the money. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game depends on commercial fishermen to harvest 70 percent of the salmon each season to prevent overpopulation. Without controlled fishing, the sockeye would die due to overcrowding, damaging Bristol Bay’s fragile ecosystem in the process.
Which boat will come out with the most fish at the end of the short season? You’ll have to watch the show to find out! Alaska: Battle on the Bay premieres Thursday, January 8 at 10/9c.