While most fishermen live a modest life away from the limelight, some others like Elliott Neese used the media to gain much popularity while they continued to catch fishes among other things.
He became a celebrity on the set of Discovery Channel’s The Deadliest Catch series where he pulled fans and foes to his side. After being plagued by controversies on the show, Elliott had to take a permanent bow from his starring role as a licensed ship captain and angler on the show. Where is he now and what has he been up to since his exit from The Deadliest Catch? Find the answers below.
Elliott Neese – Biography (Wiki)
The professional fisherman was born on an undisclosed day in 1982. His birth happened in Alaska, United States, where he was raised in a family with fishing genes. The media focus has not really been on the members of his family, leading to a dearth of information about them. However, they provided the background which inspired his career in fishing. Starting from the young age of twelve, Elliott was already fishing and angling and by the time he reached nineteen, he upgraded to pot fishing.
Convinced that the education sector is not made for people like him, Elliott Neese only managed to complete high school and couldn’t wait to go into fishing full-time. He joined the fishing community as a deck boss at the beginning of his career. He then became an engineer on the boat he worked with (the Rambling Rose) and within a short period, he was made sub-captain. The Rambling Rose is responsible for introducing him as a cast member on The Deadliest Catch where he got a spot as one of the youngest captains on TV.
Elliott Neese garnered mixed reactions on the reality show with fans starting up an online campaign to get him out of the show for good. He was later fired from the Rambling Rose after an altercation with the owner. Their argument bordered around his refusal to take the boat out during an ice storm. Neese made his comeback on the show in the ninth season, armed with his own crew and a boat he named The Saga.
From season nine to the eleventh installment of The Deadliest Catch, Elliott Neese and his crew made a statement through their contributions to the success of the show. Notwithstanding, he took a bow from the spotlight after carving out a great career.
Elliott Neese chose a career he is passionate about which is one way to ensure success in any venture. He is not just a commercial fisherman but has also commandeered the spotlight as a reality television star. The foregoing and many other attempts take credit in his current net worth which is estimated at $1.5 million.
Elliott Neese is not married at the moment but he is in a relationship with a woman named Airy Fridenbergs. Prior to that, he dated Valerie Gunderson and their time together led to the birth of two children – a girl and a boy. Elliott was allegedly abusive towards the mother of his children when they were together and she didn’t hesitate to get a restraining order against him. Their relationship was alleged to have ended as a result of Neese’s abusive behavior towards Valerie.
Where Is Elliott Neese Today?
At first, his reason for leaving was not known but it has come to light that he left for personal reasons, precisely to take care of his health.
Notably, the licensed ship captain had serious addiction problems which he set out to overcome. Consequently, he checked into a Hawaii rehab known as the Passengers and after 60 days of profuse rehabilitation, he came out as a new person. He often takes to Twitter to share his rehab experience and what he is doing with his life.
Meanwhile, speculations are rife about the possibility of Elliott Neese returning to The Deadliest Catch show but he seems to have made up his mind not to tread that path again. He, however, continues to angle, as well as engage in spearfishing in tropical destinations. He also shares his activities on social media. From our findings, he has not left the shores of Alaska. A new member called Jake took his spot on The Deadliest Catch.