Tonight’s Discovery Channel episode of “Bering Sea Gold,” is titled “Smoke ‘Em Out.” As the episode begins, the Tom Cod claim is overburdened with miners, who plan to get all the gold. They heard about how well the Christine Rose is doing and want a piece of the action. Shawn Pomrenke knows how to keep the underwater divers away, by just dropping shovels of dirt in the water and making the water cloudy, so they cannot see the bottom.
Steve Pomrenke needs one more score by the Christine Rose to ensure the Nome inland mining operation will be a go. Steve, Shawn and company take a ride along a tract of land that Steve believes is loaded with gold. Going back to the ice age, and thereafter when the glaciers melted, they formed braided channels when the glaciers retreated, they left river channels. Now when Steve sees white moss covering the land, he calls it miner’s moss which he believes is a hint to where the gold is located below. One shovel was all Shawn needed to find a pan with lots of color.
Back on the Tom Cod claim, the Au Grabber is looking for their honey hole. Hank is a second-year miner and feels he knows where to look. The first shovel gives him a test pan that sparkles. Kris Kelly is now the captain, and his mate is Boston Dave on the Loko. For seven weeks, Kris worked for his father who gave him nothing for his work. Kris is motivated, and Dave is optimistic that the two partners will be changing their game. Suddenly, Kris starts losing air and finally comes up to the surface. He did not take his weight belt off, which kept him from rising above the surface quickly. Brad has no good words to say about his son Kris and accuses him of screwing him out of his gold. But while his other son Andy is down below, he extracts some gold from the sluice. What a scum bag of a father he is. Now Andy has lost suction, as Brad went to the sluice about ten times to steal from his son.
For the second year in a row, Emily Reidel needs to find a new crew. Emily is looking for another Darryl, and spots him. She chased him down and practically begged him to help her. His share will be fifty percent of the box after the lease is paid. Darryl can live with that. Another dredge looking for new blood was the Wild Ranger, when Elaine quit working for her father, Vern cleaned house and now has Bobby Lowe, Kelsy Lessing and another diver known only as Wolf.
Shawn is back on the Tom Cod claim, and his first pan is not sparkling like the last ones. Then Shawn decides to move inward on the claim. There are several dredges on the claim, and the first one Shawn wants to eliminate is the Wild Ranger. Hank is out there too and believes that Shawn is not doing well today. So Shawn decides to move where the little suction dredges are. They have noticed him on the claim for a while, and they want some of his gold. Shawn drops his tailings where the Wild Ranger is dredging and makes a mud cloud below.
Steve Pomrenke visited an abandoned dredge, similar to the one Tony Beets paid a million dollars for on “Gold Rush.” The dredge was set there after WWII, and worked until 1995. The dredge paid for itself the first season when they found 100,000 ounces.
As the dredges are doing their cleanup, Brad and Andy only found two ounces of gold, but how much Brad took off with is a mystery that Andy will not find out. Meanwhile, Kris and Boston Dave found five ounces worth $6,000. Brad complained that Kris was helping out a stranger, and although he was from Boston, he wasn’t even Irish. When Brad stuck his head in the door, Kris told him that they only found less than two ounces, because he does not want his father parking next to him on the claim. At Vern’s clean up, he managed to get just short of 25 ounces before getting pushed off the claim, but he expects to see Shawn get his comeuppance soon. Hank scored 109 ounces and will fight to keep his part of the claim. Hank won this round, but the battle for Tom Cod has just begun on this episode of “Bering Sea Gold.”
The current tally in gold is:
- Christine Rose has 827.8 ounces for $993,360.
- Au Grabber 242 ounces for $290,400.
- Wild Ranger 146 ounces for $175,200.
- The Eroica 83.5 ounces for $100,200.
- The Clark 48.2 ounces for $57,840.
- The Reaper 12.9 ounces for $15,480.
- Loko 5 ounces for $6,000.