Pike County Business Couple to Appear on “Dirty Jobs” Sunday

By Jeremy Coumbes on January 7, 2023 at 11:37am

A Pike County caviar business will be featured on a major cable network this weekend.

According to the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Sunday’s episode of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel will feature a segment focused on Cliff and Cara Rost of Pleasant Hill.

The Rosts harvest eggs from hackleback sturgeon in the Mississippi River to make caviar which they sell on the retail market. Mike Rowe, the longtime host of “Dirty Jobs” and his crew filmed Rowe joining the Rosts fishing for the sturgeon over a three-day period last April.

Cliff Rost told the Courier that Rowe is the “sharpest dude” he had ever been around in coming up with one-liners.

The Rosts first sold caviar on the wholesale market for 20 years when they operated out of Missouri. They have since relocated to the Illinois side because the cost of doing business was less expensive.

At the time, the Rosts provided wholesale caviar for Fortune fish out of Kansas City, Missouri, and for customers in New York and as far away as Japan.

The Caviar Harvester episode of Dirty Jobs will air on the Discover Channel Sunday at 7 pm.