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Episode Guide

Season: 2015

Episode 301 - Change Is In The Wind.

A new season of Bottom Feeders starts with a bang as Mike and Rick receive a big surprise while Jeff Ritter takes on more than he can handle. Tim Adams and Jeff Riedemann have to make a big decision about their future.

Episode 302 - Going For Gold

Tim Adams and Jeff Riedemann head out west to Idaho in an attempt to catch the “Big Haul” while Jeff Ritter tries to cash in on the “Black Gold” of the Mississippi River.

Episode 303 - Taking Chances

Tim Adams and Jeff Riedemann are giving Idaho one more chance. Back on the Mississippi, the Village of Pepin has a life changing incident forcing Mike to make a important decision about his future.

Episode 304 - Cashing In

Tim Adams and Riedemann cash in on the Illinois River by taking on the troublesome “Flying Carp” and Jeff Ritter finally gets some help, but will it last?

Episode 305 - Struggling To Save The Day

Jeff Ritter continues to struggle making it difficult for him to fill orders in time while Mike is faced with another difficult decision back in Wisconsin.  Rick saves the day.

Episode 306 - Will It All Work Out?

Tim Adams and Jeff Riedemann are back at Clam Lake trying to grind out a big haul.  Jeff Ritter hires Rick for a job, but will it work out?

Episode 307 - Off The Lake

Jeff Ritter's wife is forced to step up and make deliveries by herself in Minneapolis while Mike and Rick continue to do whatever to make a buck.

Season: 2014

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In an effort to salvage a net full of live fish after the weather almost does in the crew, Mike tries a new and unconventional way to bring his load of fish to the live truck waiting for them. Meanwhile, Tim has pulled in $60,000 worth of live fish, but will they make it to market?

Never say Never

Mike has been chasing a school of fish for a couple of weeks now, but can't get them cornered. He needs Tim's help to locate them using his equipment. So, for the first time in over 10 years Mike and Tim agree to partner up for a single pull. Will this put the past in the past and forge a new relationship?

Clam Lake

Trying to move up in the fishing ranks, and better his financial situation, Rick bids and wins the exclusive fishing rights on an inland lake – Clam Lake, however when he is denied the bond necessary to secure the bid, he loses the contract and Tim and partner Jeff take full advantage of Rick’s misfortune.

Partners

With the contract in hand, Tim and Jeff are striking out on Clam Lake they take one last show at 400,000 lbs. of fish before the fish move to deeper waters. With the loss of the contract Rick moves to Minnesota and gets his commercial license for that side of the river. With this he and Mike become equal partners.

The Sabotage

Earlier in the year, Tim and Jeff successfully outbid to win the prized Lake Wisconsin fishing rights. With hundreds of thousands of dollars to gain, they bring a full crew to the lake, but something’s fishy beneath the surface. Meanwhile, Mike finds his new forged partnership with brother rick at risk when he chooses to go fishing with his son Justin, leaving his new partner and brother out of the picture.

Back on Track

After a rocky start to the new partnership, Mike and Rick patch things up, but Rick still struggles with his new partner’s old fashioned ways on the water. On Lake Wisconsin Tim and Jeff are battling the “sickle bar bandit” … determined to win.

Old Ways Never Die

Mike and Rick are traveling back to their childhood home to pull with Rick's new Minnesota License and with new waters come new hopes – sky high hopes.

Season: 2013

Episode 1

Three commercial fishermen and their crews battle the environment and each other while searching the lakes and rivers of the Midwest for the opportunity to net thousands of pounds of Carp, Sheephead, and Buffalo.

Episode 2

Mike gathers the strength to overcome a difficult fishing season and a complicated relationship to provide for his family. Tim balances his busy fish market job with an increasingly rare opportunity to pull his nets.

Episode 3

Rick contemplates spending the rest of his life on the river. Tim fights windy conditions and low water in hopes of a big haul.

Episode 4

Mike discovers his son doesn't have his determination. Tim exposes an eager greenhorn to the many challenges of commercial fishing.

Episode 5

Tim’s best efforts yield unsatisfying results. After a risky start, the crew enjoy a productive day on the water.

Episode 6

A peaceful run ends as Rick and Mike uncover raw feelings. Tim and his partner George prevail in a battle with the environment.

Episode 7

Summer arrives in upper Midwest. Rick and Mike’s flimsy partnership appears headed for ruin. During a rare vacation, Tim enjoys fishing for fun instead of profit.

Episode 8

To make ends meet, Rick finds a job with an improbable source. Mike struggles with unreliable help. Overlooking a troubled past, Tim gives a friend an opportunity to learn about working on the river.

Episode 9

Mike and Tim divulge the basis of their thorny relationship. Rick develops a strategy for his future.

Episode 10

While struggling to get by, Mike paints a portrait of a very different dynamic in the past.

Episode 11

A distant natural disaster creates uncertainty for all commercial fishing crews in the upper Midwest. Tim races against shifting conditions in hopes of scoring a decent haul. Mike admits its time for a change.

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