The subject of the show is to follow boats equipped with various setups to achieve gold mining in a summertime, cold northern latitude, shallow water, ocean environment. The fleet each typically consists of a sluicing apparatus, a means of paydirt collection (dredge), and a cold-water-diving life support system. Conflict issues include choppy seas, poor underwater visibility, inconsistent fuel delivery, personnel issues, mining location rights, sufficient paydirt discovery, diver safety, and ocean-damaging equipment failures. Each season of episodes follow the current fleet of dredges.
Owner of the Christine Rose and father of Shawn Pomrenke.
Co-owner of the Christine Rose and son of Steve Pomrenke.
Deckhand on the Christine Rose.
Captain of Wild Ranger. Owner of Wild Ranger, Bering Booty, the Beast, and two other, unnamed dredges.
Bering Booty; Wild Ranger
Deckhand on Bering Booty and Wild Ranger. Daughter of Vernon Adkison.
Captain of Anchor Management.
The Edge; The Clark
Captain of The Edge, owner of The Clark.
The Edge; The Clark
Deckhand on The Edge, deckhand on The Clark.
John Patrick Bunce
The Edge; The Clark
Deckhand on The Edge, deckhand on The Clark; 2012 gold panning champion of Nome; committed suicide during the TV season, by gunshot to the head from a .44 Magnum via two-pulls of Russian Roulette (1985-2012, age 27)
Deckhand on Wild Ranger; experienced oil diver
Wild Ranger; The Clark
Deckhand on Wild Ranger; deckhand on The Clark; fired from Wild Ranger, moved to The Clark;
In Nome, Alaska, the gold rush is on. Meet the dredgers, driven by gold fever and sometimes desperate need, who pilot their ragtag dredges and dive with hoses to suck up gold from the bottom of the frigid, unpredictable Bering Sea.
A bar brawl threatens not only Shawn's health but the Christine Rose's future. The Wild Ranger's luck is getting worse as they're down a man and have sprung a leak. The Sluicey's Ian calls in a friend who offers both experience and criticism.
A season of simmering grievances comes to a boil. Wild Ranger owner Vern fires one of his crew. Emily falling overboard and a blocked sluice box test Zeke's patience. Rocks falling out of a faulty sluice box rain down on solo-diving Scott Foster's head.
Bad luck and bad vibes. The crews have a car accident on the way home from some hot springs R&R. A hastily welded winch roller gives way, releasing a cable that lashes Cody's leg and sends him overboard. Scott dives with an injured leg out of stubborness.
The dredging season is quickly coming to an end, and so are once trusted relationships between Zeke and Emily as well as Scott F and Ian. Shawn sends crewmember Robbi packing while Scott M swallows his pride and invites Steve back. But will he accept?
Winter sets in. The now short-staffed crews try to go out once more before the ice blocks them in. Each on their own, Emily salvages and Scott M finds salvation. The crews take their earnings and face off at an auction for next year's dredging grounds.
The Bering Sea Gold crews gather and sound off about life in Nome during and after the show. Wild Ranger's Scott and Vern's reunion is explosive. Emily and Zeke answer about the exact nature of their relationship. Meet the mysterious white-bearded dredger.
The Bering Sea Gold crews gather and sound off about gold gained and relationships strained. Christine Rose's Shawn talks about his being stabbed. The Clark's Zeke drops a bombshell on the Sluicey crew. Wild Ranger's Scott responds to Vern's accusations.
The Pomrenkes get off to a bad start with family squabbles and a $25K bill. Zeke and Scott M have powerful new dredges but can they rely on their crew of friends? Vernon goes all in, gambling all his savings and his deckhand daughter.
"Dead Men Gather No Gold"
January 11, 2013
Edge dredger John is out of the hospital and on the gold, but Zeke may lose it all when accused of claim jumping. Scott puts the crew at risk taking the dredge out during a storm. The DNR shuts the Pomrenkes down. "Hurricane Dave's" antics test Vernon.
"Nice Guys Finish Last"
January 18, 2013
Summer storms keep the miners off the water; losing time and money shortens tempers. Steve R takes out a restraining order and later finds gold despite himself. Zeke proves he wasn't claim jumping but gets shut down any way. Steve P works his "voodoo".
"Gold Gettin' Hound Dog"
January 25, 2013
Big swells and bigger tempers take over the Bering Sea. Inexperience and equipment problems cause more than a few tantrums, while big swells and bad conditions make some miners lose their lunch.
February 1, 2013
The weather sours, crew members drop like flies, and captains' tempers rage. Scott M goes out without crew but hits a honey hole. Zeke goes back to The Clark and gets too close to a neighbor's lease. The Christine Rose is close to toppling over in a gale.
February 8, 2013
Pressure mounts as the fleet reaches the season's halfway mark. The Edge is hampered by a toxic fumes and diving phobia. The Wild Ranger enters a turf war. The Pomrenkes face the law. Will Scott Meisterheim's binge finally bring about his breakdown?
February 15, 2013
The season's end is steadily approaching, and every miner's back is against the wall. With debts mounting and feuds escalating, one skipper loads his rifle, another blows his stack, and yet another abandons his crew before hightailing it out of Nome.
"Go Big or Go Home"
March 1, 2013
With Scott missing, Vernon hires The Anchor Management crew who are sitting dead in the water, but his own crew -- and daughter -- are also missing. Emily's joke to Zeke sets off their powder keg of frustrations. The Pomrenkes train their third generation dredger.
"Don't Tell Me to Chillax!"
March 8, 2013
Shawn Pomrenke surrenders to the big house while his dad marathons to pay the land payment. Nome crowns the fastest gold panner. Steve Riedel finds himself in a competition to save his job. Dispairing Zeke watches the gold season and his equipment drift away.
March 15, 2013
Only the most desperate mine as bad weather shadows the close of the season. The importance of adequate topside deckhands is undervalued. Verne Adkison's deckhand skills prove weak while Emily Reidel's are discounted.
"And No More Shall We Part"
March 22, 2013
The psychological toll of hazardous mining claims a victim. Vernon Adkison alters his staff roster. Scott Meisterheim returns. The Pomrenke's delivery is near the threshold of breakeven but deckhands hope for more good weather to increase their shares.
"The American Dream"
March 29, 2013
Season finale. Nome harbor ice deters most from venturing out. For those that brave the poor weather, inadequate underwater mining visibility ends the summer production. The Pomrenke's crew take their earnings.
The summer dredging season begins. The Pomrenkes compete with a new megadredge named AU Grabber owned by Hank Schimschat. The Pomrenkes' gold gain is overshadowed by exhausted equipment. Schimschat labors with assembly. Emily, the dredge owner, purchases a faulty motor. Zeke seems oblivious to returning to production. Steve R. is the first out, but employee attitude and behavior and underwater visibility hamper his yield. Vernon has no deckhands or divers. Glen LeBaron plays hide and seek.
Steve R.'s only appearance is to worry about Zeke. Steve P. has to call for help when rough seas and rusting equipment break the Christine Rose, pinning it to the ocean floor. Emily's comments during her short inaugural dive provoke her crew to question her aptitude. Vernon initiates a new crew as he laments his financial woes. Hank's operation begins, but he wonders if tardy Scott can be useful. Rumors swirl, but Zeke tells the full story of his disturbing night in jail and the hospital.
It's beautiful dredging weather, but things are getting ugly. The Pomrenkes get help from the sea in unpinning their barge, then get help from fellow megadredger Hank who lends them a spud. Scott again demonstrates his vanishing act. Hank sweats the small details of cleanup. Zeke's recent incarceration leaves him in financial drought and he demands Emily pay up or give up her dredge. The Minnow's crew fights off claim jumpers in the public mining area, but face a setback when a compressor design flaw impedes diver safety. Steve R. and Glen search for The Dragon.
An unexpected visit from the Coast Guard doesn't go well for two dredges. Hank's megadredge is close to claim jumping on the Christine Rose's honey hole but the Pomrenkes' GPS says that the area is paydirtless tailings.
The weather isn't all the cooperative, which slows some operations down. Emily thinks she's on the gold, however one of her divers get injured. The Pomrenkes gets a decent cleanout, and they also get to laugh at the AU Grabber trying to find the gold. Zeke continues to wrestle with his issues, and Steve continues to deal with mutiny amongst the Minnow's crew. Vernon continues to avoid the gold.
The weather is good and almost everyone is dredging. Emily complains of not making enough and needing to get on the gold; most of her income this year has been to pay off Zeke. Glen still can't find his dragon and reluctantly begins working on the Minnow. Vernon is facing the end of the line, while the Pomrenkes crew stays solidly on the gold. Scott gets back to work on the AU Grabber, but his return may be short-lived.
While Hank tests Mother Nature by staying out dredging in the storm, Shawn races to bring his dredge home. Scott manages to get fired...again. Emily and Glen head far inland to river dredge. Left on their own back in Nome, her crew sews seeds of mutiny. Kris almost drowns from faulty equipment and Steve R.'s inattention.
With the new backhoe fully operational, Shawn is out to prove he is "Mr. Gold". Vernon's promises and Emily's apologies do nothing to convince their crews to return. Zeke returns with a tasty new way to make it rich in Nome. He also puts an end to his friendship with the Riedel family.
The two megadredges race to reach a contested claim site. Hank wins the race, but Shawn gets the last laugh. Emily heads out with her new, poached crew. The Kellys almost come to blows when accused of claim jumping. Glen's engineering genius pays off big.
Late summer's worsening weather drives the dredges reluctantly off their honey holes and finally breaks the Kellys, who tell Steve R they quit. While Steve loses MINNOW to the repo man, Glen finally finds his DRAGON. Hank wagers Shawn an ounce of gold.
As Nome Harbor freezes over, the crews head out for one last chance at success. It's the battle of the barges as Hank's wager with Shawn sees its conclusion. Zeke returns to the water. Can Emily pay him off once and for all? The Kellys return with their REAPER.