EXCLUSIVE: A Father and Son Bond at Sea on 'Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove'


Beyond the dangers in the water, Deadliest Catch:Dungeon Cove also explores the lives of the fishermen and their families who have built their entire existence on Dungeness crab season.

One such case is Captain Mikey Retherford Jr., who finally lets his son, Ashton, get a taste of the fisherman’s life in an all-new episode airing on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. Aboard the Winona J, Ashton straps on his bib and starts counting crabs.

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While a seemingly simple task, Mikey knows it’s important for Ashton to start learning about what it means to work. “It’ll be good for him,” the captain says, adding: “I really want him to understand how to work and what it’s like to work.”

But it’s not all lessons learned, as the experience proves to be a bonding moment between father and son. “It’s great that I have a job that I can bring him out on the boat with me,” Mikey says. “I think that’s great experience regardless if he becomes a fisherman or not.”

“He’s acting like a man for a day,” he proudly adds. 

Of course, life on the sea can change at any moment and Mikey and his son got lucky to work together on such a calm day. As we’ve seen in the past, there’s constant danger out on the sea, especially when the waves can turn at any moment.

Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery.