Elliott Neese, captain of the Ramblin' Rose does not appear in a promo video released ahead of the April 16 Season 9 premiere, setting off speculation that the show's youngest captain couldn't hack it after a tough eighth season.
“In all honesty, I’m kinda not surprised Elliott isn’t here this year," said Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern. "No owner is going to let a guy run a boat and not produce. You’re going to lose your job.”
But Discovery [SPOILER ALERT] released a statement confirming Neese's return, although he will be captaining his own vessel as he struggles with debt:
“The youngest skipper in the fleet, Elliott Neese, is all in this year as he returns as the owner of his own boat, the F/V Saga. With more than $1 million in the hole and 10 bucks to his name, the stakes have never been higher for Neese.”
Crew showed up today really gettin to work on the boat we have 2 months to do a total retrofit/ makeover I hope we can make our deadline!!— Elliott Neese (@CaptElliott) April 11, 2013
@cosycsworld I've never missed one ;) don't believe everything you see it a tv show there has to be drama and conflict and resolution its tv— Elliott Neese (@CaptElliott) April 11, 2013
Neese does appear in this Season 9 promo: