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

Captain Mikey Retherford Jr. brings his son out to sea, offering him a taste of the life aboard the Winona J.

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.