Bering Sea Gold dredge captains are a fiercely independent lot and for most of them, the thought of working for anyone else is unthinkable. The Wrap shared that on the new season of Bering Sea Gold, three of them accept an offer that looks just too promising to turn down. Shawn Pomrenke, also known as “Mr. Gold,” purchased 160 acres of virgin sea floor that he is positive holds at least $14 million in gold.
Vernon Adkison, Zeke Tenhoff, and Emily Riedel decide to take Pomrenke up on his off-season offer to mine for gold on his new claim. This may be something that is lucrative for all parties involved, or it may turn into something that they regret ever agreeing to. Pomrenke will receive 20 percent of any gold they recover on Claim 38, and they must give up their GPS coordinates as well for any hot spots they find. For a chance to work fresh ground, the three Bering Sea Gold captains must feel that the potential payoff far outweighs the risks associated with working for anyone, especially a former competitor who now happens to be their boss.
According to The Futon Critic, drill logs back up Pomrenke’s belief that there may be close to $15 million or more on his claim. Armed with this information, Zeke Tenhoff and Emily Riedel will continue their tenuous partnership during the winter season. While Zeke does all the diving, Emily handles everything topside, and both of them are hoping to strike it big. Although they both have had minor success in the past as captains of their own dredges or working together, a very successful season with a large gold total has always eluded both of them. Perhaps this will be their season to turn it all around on Bering Sea Gold.
Vernon Adkison is also hoping and dreaming of that one big season where he will finally achieve the success he’s worked so hard for. Like Tenhoff and Riedel, this determined Bering Sea Gold captain has had some minor success as well. During previous seasons of Bering Sea Gold, it looked as though Adkison had an advantage over the other captains with his $250,000 bottom crawler nicknamed the “golden seahorse.” Unfortunately, last season on Bering Sea Gold, the owners of the dredge decided to reclaim their machine, effectively putting an early and unsuccessful end to Vernon’s hunt for the gold. The stakes have never been higher, and now he is back to see if his decision to work the Pomrenke claim will pay off and set him on the path to real success as a gold miner.
Although Sean’s gamble on a place called “The Bluff” last season on Bering Sea Gold didn’t pan out, his father’s operation did. After bringing in an astounding $2.7 million dollars in gold during the summer season of Bering Sea Gold, Shawn Pomrenke has big plans for the future. Instead of dredging on the Christine Rose, he is expanding the lucrative inland operation and is in the process of building a massive new dredge.
As Pomrenke works to expand the family empire, his dredging “guests” will be bringing him gold and those GPS coordinates. Next summer when Shawn’s new mega dredge hits the Bering Sea, he will be able to use those valuable coordinates to get right on the gold without having to do much searching or prospecting.
Bering Sea Gold is produced for the Discovery Channel by Original Productions, which is a Fremantle Media company. Executive producers are Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal, Sarah Whalen, and Jeff Meredith. For the Discovery Channel, the executive producer is Kyle Wheeler.
Are you a fan of Bering Sea Gold? Will Shawn’s new claim be productive? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. The new season of Bering Sea Gold premieres on Friday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.
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