Last night’s Discovery Channel episode of “Bering Sea Gold,” was titled “The Gamble.” This is the season premiere of season six. As the episode begins, Shawn Pomrenke advises if one does not take a risk; there will be nothing to be gained. His father, Steve knows that Shawn has little to worry about because they are ready to hit it big. Zeke Tenhoff has always been the little guy, now it is his chance to go big. Emily Reidel knows she is no longer the new captain, and it is about time she started showing it. Vern Adkison will do whatever it takes to be on top. Kris Kelly is making is final stance and will push it to the brink.
It is early June in Nome, Alaska and for 117 years has been run on gold. The off-shore gold is running scarce, and this season the miners are making a bigger gamble than ever. Shawn is on the Christine Rose before everyone else is there. He is trying to get as much gold as he can to finance the inland mining operation because Steve is spending it faster than Shawn can make it. Their bank account is now at square one. Steve showed the army of dozers and excavators he amassed to ensure the operation pays off.
Zeke Tenhoff is joining the major leagues of mining. He is taking command of a ten-inch suction dredge called the Havilah, owned by a Texas company called Blue Water Gold. His goal is to find 500 ounces of gold as he tells his crew that they must put in 1,000 hours of dive time.
Emily and Zeke will have a grudge match this season, as she offered to have him work on her boat, but he went for greener pastures. Emily believes that Zeke made a big mistake, and he will not be happy working corporate.
Meanwhile, Reaper owner, Brad Kelly is trying to win back his eldest son Kris; although his dredge, the Paddy Wagon caused him much consternation and poverty last season. However, Brad has invested $10,000 of his ill-gotten cash to purchase 120 acres of off-shore claims off the Solomon River. The family is back together as Brad convinced them to join him in the “partnership.”
On the Eroica, Emily and her ace in the hole, Daryl Galipeau, is diving without being able to hear Emily, as Nick McGlashan is also aboard. The communications are broken somewhere, but he is an experienced diver and must take advantage of the good weather, and Daryl found gold immediately.
As for Zeke, he is meeting with his boss who will be looking over his shoulder the entire season. On the Tom Cod claim, Christine Rose is cranking away while taking unnecessary risks by dredging in the shallows. He realizes the error of his ways as one of the spud cables snaps. Now the barge is stuck to the sea floor. If he can beat the tide to hook up the cable and then tighten it and test it for strength. Fortunately, the spud moved so he can continue to mine. As he checked the sluice, he spotted some good-sized chunks, making the venture worth the effort.
On the Havilah, Zeke is diving already as he speaks with Scott Davenport on deck. Suddenly, on The Eroica, Nick tells Emily that the boat is sinking. She must get Daryl to come to the surface quickly. There is a hole in the pontoon that must be fixed.
The Kelly clan is headed for Solomon but the boat is being towed by Brad, who is about to take the stoop of his girlfriend’s house with him. As the Pomrenkes check the sluice, Steve tells Shawn that he just spent $53,000 on more equipment. Shawn will need 70 ounces or more from this clean out. Fortunately, the total is 77 ounces as Steve walks away with the gold.
Vernon’s lease on the sub-dredge will be expiring at summer’s end; he must get it back in the water. His problem is, nobody has a boat big enough to haul the equipment. He has been all over Nome searching.
On The Eroica, Emily’s bank account is going in the wrong direction. It cost over $2,000 for a new communication box and a plug for the pontoon. However, they are back to work.
Zeke is ready for his first cleanup. As he measures it out, the faces are not all smiling as they only found a few ounces. The boss wants to know what his next move will be and the ones after that. Zeke is used to being a one-man operation and does not seem to have the answers this man expects.
The Pomrenke family is all gathered around the equipment as Steve announces his intentions for the inland mining expedition. His father cut the ribbon as three guys turned the shovels. Shawn took the excavator and dug one huge hole, but there was no gold in the first pan, on this episode of “Bering Sea Gold.”
The week one tally in gold is:
- Christine Rose with 77.15 ounces for $92,580.
- The Havilah with 8.64 ounces for $10,368.
- The Eroica with 0 ounces for $0.
- The Reaper with 0 ounces for $0.
- High Noon with 0 ounces for $0.
- Inland Mining 0 ounces for $0.
- Vernon Adkison 0 ounces for $0.