There's something undeniably enthralling about "extreme" fishing shows like Deadliest Catch and Wicked Tuna. Even if fishing isn't your thing, to see the insane lengths these folks go through to make a fortune caging a bunch of crabs or hooking tons of fat tuna is pretty awe-inspiring.
Personally, I think the biggest draw has to be the element of danger that's involved, but I think the colorful cast of characters and what's happened to them over the years like Scott Campbell Jr., is another reason to watch.
If you're a longtime Deadliest Catch viewer, then you're no stranger to the aquatic exploits of Scott, who piloted the Seabrooke on camera for four seasons, and did a darn good job of doing so, too.
How he got into the business is all sorts of heartwarming as well. Since his daddy was a fisherman, the best way for him to spend time with his pops was to get up on the boat and get down to business. In doing that, he fell in love with fishing.
What happened to Scott Campbell Jr. on 'Deadliest Catch'?
Scott was an extremely successful crab fisherman, a line of work that isn't exactly an easy one to thrive in. Despite several successful fishing seasons, four of which were documented on TV, Scott ultimately decided to call it quits due to a lingering back injury that made life on the boat miserable. Even after multiple surgeries, Scott was still unable to captain the Seabrooke, so he took time off and pursued other ventures.
From 'Deadliest Catch' cast to cooler manufacturer.
Working as a fisherman on rough waters is going to force an individual to learn all sorts of valuable life skills, and Scott had accumulated his fair share.
When you're out on the ocean and storing the precious cargo both you and your men have risked your lives to secure, the last thing you want is time and temperature to stymie your chances at a big payday: there's nothing more infuriating than your fish spoiling.
Which is why Scott was perfectly suited to launch his own line of coolers. He started the Cordova company, which is based out of Nampa, Idaho, that produces an impressive line of foam-injected roto-molded iceboxes.
There are few people who appreciate the value of a cooler that's able to keep things chilled for prolonged periods of time than professional fisherman like Scott.
As it turns out, though, his entire business venture began from a simple bet.
In an interview with local news outlet KIVITV, Scott said that he had the idea for Cordova coolers while out fishing on a Mastercraft boat. He remarked at how the cooler the men had on their vessel didn't do a good enough job of keeping their beers cold, and his pals bet him he couldn't make an icebox that did a better job.
So Scott went and did just that. And since he was on a Mastercraft boat when the "challenge" was first proposed, the company wanted in on his venture.
The sale of every new Mastercraft boat now comes with the option of having a Cordova cooler on it, which is pretty neat.
In his time away from the show, Scott also published a book, called Giving The Finger: Risking It All To Fish The World's Deadliest Sea.
The personal work is all about his fishing ventures on the Bering Sea with his pops. And even though he stepped away from fishing and the Deadliest Catch show for six years or so, he's finally coming back in 2020.
Scott's managed to heal up from his injuries and is ready to get back on the open seas, but it's unknown as to whether or not he'll be the captain of the Seabrooke, or his new boat, Lady Alaska. We'll find out when the new season of Deadliest Catch premieres on April 14 on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. EST. Will you be tuning in?