In tonight’s preview episode of “Bering Sea Gold” titled “Back to the Dredge,” the dredgers have returned to dive and dredge for the gold at the bottom of the Bering Sea. Season 3 starts January 4, 2013.
The last season, riddled with breakdowns of both people and equipment brought the following tallies; “Christine Rose” 766 ounces for $1,302,200, “The Clark” 38 ounces for $64,600, “Sluicey” 44 ounces for $74,800, “Wild Ranger” .75 of an ounce for $1200.
This season as this sneak peek episode show, The “Christine Rose” is back, so is the “Wild Ranger,” but new dredges; “The Edge” and “Anchor Management” complete the four dredgers.
The Pomrenke family is hoping that with their expenses, they beat out the 766 ounces of gold from last year, that barely covered expenses for the largest dredge. This year they are hoping for at least 800 to 900 ounces to call it a success. With an overhead of $750,000, they must find the mother lode.
Vernon Adkison, owner of the “Wild Ranger,” did not run his dredge last year, but trusted his operation to Scott Meisterheim, who he accused of stealing gold when the final tally for the season turned out to be less than one ounce. This season he has invested about half a million dollars on a fleet of dredges and hopes to save his reputation by getting 100 ounces of gold.
“The Edge” is a larger dredge to replace “The Clark,” and Zeke Tenhoff is hoping that the new 42-foot dredge will make up for the only 38 ounces they got last season. Emily Reidel is back, as are more members of his crew. Zeke does not own “The Edge,” but leases it and has put himself deep in debt, and hopes to find redemption in the Bering Sea. John Bunce is Zeke’s old friend who has also joined the crew. John is a very tough dude, but Zeke knows that he can be unreliable when he drinks.
The “Anchor Management” is a brand new dredge run by Scott Meisterheim, who also put himself in debt by building this dredge. He knew that the “Wild Ranger” was a hunk of junk, and now was looking for his own redemption and furthermore to show Vern that he can do it with the right equipment. Fans remember the fight on “After the Dredge” when Scott and Vern had a bar brawl when Vern accused Scott of being a thief. This season is sure to stir the bad blood again as they vie for the ocean’s gold. Scott has brought his own crew of friends. He told them that if they cannot handle his anger issues, they can leave.
Steve Reidel is back with Vern on the “Wild Ranger,” because Vern trusts him. Steve will be the relief captain when Vern is not there. Vern’s daughter, Elaine will bring another female to the show. She will be working on deck, and she is learning how to dive.
On the “Christine Rose,” Cody is back after blowing out his eardrum last year, and a new guy, Doug, who helped Steve build the rig is now a member of the crew. As usual, Steve is annoyed with son Shawn, who is late getting a start.
Scott Meisterheim has not even started, and already everyone hates him. His camp was set up right next to Vern’s camp, just to piss off Vern and Steve. Steve has a restraining order against him, and the season only started.
“The Edge” is the great hope for Zeke and Emily. This dredge has a 10-inch suction hose versus the 6-inch one they had on “The Clark.”
Vern now has five boats working in hopes of getting the most gold. Vern knows that Steve as entertainment value and hopes to enjoy him, unless he drives him nuts. Vern is behind the 8-ball because of all the money he has invested.
Zeke and Emily are sharing an apartment, like brother and sister, although Zeke wants more.
The Pomrenke father and son relationship is still going to go through the classic ups and downs. The “Christine Rose” operation was shut down by the Department of Natural Resources who are basically the mining police.
Zeke told Thom that you didn’t have to be crazy to go gold dredging, but you have to be crazy to keep doing it. One of the crazy ones is on the “Wild Ranger.” And it is not Steve, it is Hurricane Dave. However, the previews show that the regulations enforced by DNR will give them further heartache. Nevertheless, the Bering Sea will not give up her “Bering Sea Gold” without a fight.