The crabs have vanished, igniting a grueling hunt to save the fleet's way of life. Captain Sig resumes the helm after a major heart attack. Wild Bill debuts his own brand new boat in a crisis season. A rescue is attempted for a heart attack victim.
An adrenaline-packed new season brings a new face: 23 year-old Sean Dwyer fighting for the legacy of the father he lost too soon. The Time Bandit squares off with the law, Captain Keith's life spirals, and Sig torments his former protégé.
24-year-old Captain Sean Dwyer and his crew prepare for their first crab season aboard the Brenna A. Jake Anderson fears he made a big mistake. Wild Bill handles a challenging deckhand. Keith gets support from an unlikely counselor, Johnathan Hillstrand.
Capt Keith Colburn turned his last 50 dollars into a million dollar empire. Hitching his fortunes to a World War II Naval ship, Keith grew the Wizard into one of the fiercest vessels in the fleet. But every victory has a cost, every sacrifice a reckoning.
Wild Bill risks his biggest lead in history to bail Josh Harris out of trouble. 23-year-old Sean Dwyer finds out if he's got what it takes. Veteran skipper Johnathan Hillstrand leans on his crew and a little tip from a friend to turn his season around.
Josh Harris is forced to take over the Cornelia Marie. Sean Dwyer gets his first taste of the angry sea. Greenhorns on the Cape Caution are slapped to attention. Weather, mechanical failures, and inexperienced crews complicate matters across the fleet.
Jake Anderson attempts a treacherous short cut with only one engine. Casey and Josh perform surgery at sea. Edgar Hansen works to make his mark as captain with his greenhorn son Eric on deck. Captain Keith hopes to turn his season and his life around.
The season's worst storm yet slams the fleet. Freshmen Skipper Sean Dwyer must choose between crab and a childhood friend. Wild Bill questions his son's status as a crabber and man. As injuries stack up one deckhand reveals a painful secret in his pants.
With Captain Edgar Hansen at the helm, the Northwestern nears the brink of mutiny. Drunk deckhands put the Saga at risk, captain Johnathan gambles big to end his season, and Freddie Maugatai takes honoring his skipper to the extreme.
In the final days of the fall season, a massive arctic storm blasts the fleet with hurricane-force winds and monster seas. Every captain is put to the test when they must decide how much their boats and crews can handle.
Winter crab season is here and with it this year's biggest storm. Every captain must choose; risk it all and head out into the storm or stay back, tied to dock losing money. However carefully they choose the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
In the final throes of the season's first arctic storm, captains and crews battle for survival. While veterans fight the weather, rookie skipper Sean Dwyer stands fast, waiting out the storm, making his first trip of the year during blue skies.
A massive heart attack forces Sig Hansen to face serious decisions about his future. Sig works to repair his body and his boat while a stress-packed career and lifestyle in the early days of Alaskan crab fishing is examined.
Just hours before king crab season, the Deadliest Catch Captains are in Dutch Harbor for a real-time edition of The Bait. This first look at the new season of Catch includes insider boat tours, past-season recaps, and a new captain in the fleet.
The Captains are back in the Bait Bin after a hiatus, and they're looking ahead to tonight's episode of Deadliest Catch. They're going boat-by-boat analyzing all things good, bad, and ugly from the season so far. Proving yourself has never been so tough.
The captains reveal their biggest: a fire at sea. Sean defends his unique style of management. Sig and Keith share insider information on the secrets of crab fishing. And weatherman Rob Marciano marvels at Alaska's extreme weather, wind and waves.
The Captains are back in the Bait Bin analyzing the chaos they experience at sea. From electrical fires that nearly destroy the boat to runaway crab pots that turn into giant wrecking balls, these captains face endless threats at sea.
Broken boats, monster waves, crazy deckhands, and the grossest moments ever are all for up for discussion when the captains jump back into the Bait Bin. The season at sea is taking its toll and the captains work hard to keep it all together.
The captains are back, marveling at their epic season. From boat-bashing waves to chaotic crews, this season has hammered the fleet. As the next generation ponders their future, the old guard is determined to keep their seat in the captain's chair.
The captains gather for the last time this season. It has been a brutal season for everyone, but especially Captain Sig. Having suffered a heart attack, Sig opens up about his life-changing moment at sea.
The Emmy Award winning series is back! King Crab season kicks off with a 12 million pound Bairdi quota increase that causes a Derby style fishing frenzy, a boat is stolen the night before launch, and the unlikeliest of alliances is born.
An additional 15 million dollars in crab sends the fleet into a fishing frenzy. To get ahead, the Time Bandit and Wizard must put a decade old rivalry behind them. Josh Harris learns a difficult lesson.
25ft waves test the mettle of rookie skipper Josh Harris, but it's fire not water that threatens to sink his 128ft Cornelia Marie. On the Wizard, a mutinous crew faces off with Captain Keith. Sig Hansen gets an unwelcome surprise.
With the 800-mile Super-Typhoon Nuri closing in, Captains make hard choices to save their seasons. The Northwestern charges into the storm, the Cape Caution retreats to land, and the Wizard gets a replacement deckhand delivered on the high seas.
Super Typhoon Nuri swallows the fishing grounds. With lives & livelihoods on the line, Rookie skipper Josh Harris's weaknesses are exposed, Captain Sig loses control of the Northwestern & Captain Elliott Neese steps down from the helm of the Saga.
With a 1.5 million dollar boat of his own and more King Crab quota than any other captain in the fleet, Elliott Neese throws it all away and bids a final farewell. With a baby on the way, Jake Anderson struggles to fill Edgar's shoes on the Northwestern.
On the Northwestern Jake gets a Whiplash-style captaining lesson from Sig. A long trip and a prank threaten Captain Johnathan's catch on the Time Bandit. To restore order on the Cornelia Marie Captain Josh must hit below the belt.
King Crab season draws to a close: Casey forces Josh to fish at full throttle on the Cornelia Marie. Jake takes another turn at the wheel on the Northwestern. Wild Bill turns up the heat on the Coast Guard.
Christmas at sea for the Time Bandit is disturbed when an unhinged deckhand terrorizes the crew. Jake Anderson awaits the birth of his baby, when an unexpected phone call throws a wrench in the plan. A greenhorn's season is cut short by a gruesome injury.
Three boats hit the Opie grounds early. Johnathan Hillstrand struggles with a rogue deckhand, freshman skipper Jake Anderson prepares for the birth of his baby, & a hydraulic explosion on the Cape Caution calls Zack Larson's dedication into question.
The rest of the fleet arrives in Dutch Harbor to take opilio season by storm. Jake Anderson prepares to captain the Saga for the first time. Captain Andy Hillstrand returns to find the Time Bandit in disarray. Keith Colburn's new greenhorn turns heads.
The most menacing storm of opilio season moves in on the fleet. A rogue wave terrorizes the Cape Caution, ripping steel and timber. The Wizard crew races to plug a gushing leak. The Saga, captained by Jake Anderson, is nearly capsized by a 40-foot wave.
A 600-mile-wide arctic storm continues to ravage the fleet. Rookie skippers Jake Anderson and Josh Harris struggle just keep their heads above water while veteran captains Andy Hillstrand and Sig Hansen charge straight into the heart of the tempest.
A second major storm slams the fleet. Rookie skipper Jake Anderson reaches out to Sig Hansen for help. Josh Harris arrives on the grounds weeks late. Captains Keith Colburn and Wild Bill Wichrowski struggle to keep their greenhorns in the game.
Late into Opilio season, the fleet battles against mental & physical breakdown. After deliberately defying Sig, Captain Jake Anderson has a shot at redemption. Captain Keith props up one ailing greenhorn after another. Wild Bill must decide on a medevac.
Super Bowl Sunday & the Bering Sea: The Cornelia Marie hatches a scheme to watch the Seahawks play. An injured crewman jeopardizes Captain Keith Colburn's plan on the Wizard. The Cape Caution crew makes a near fatal error. The Time Bandit loses a Captain.
The polar ice pack descends, threatening the end of season. Jake struggles to lead his crew in the worst of conditions. Sig attempts to offload his crab before saving his gear. Casey shows Josh what it means to be a Captain and Keith grinds to the finish.
Polar ice descends and each Skipper must choose flight or fight. The Saga is in danger of sinking & Jake must act fast to save his crew. Josh takes a huge gamble against Casey's wishes and heads towards the ice. Sig & Johnathan race to rescue gear.
The 10th season of Deadliest Catch was one for the record books. Boat fires, sunken ships, addiction and high profits proved that real life is full of surprises. With new scenes and interviews, captains and crews open up about a year they'll never forget.
As they gear up for Season XI of Deadliest Catch, the captains throw the lines on a fresh version of their very own pre-show: The Bait. They look to the season ahead, get a few surprise visits, and of course, put young Captain Josh Harris in the Hot Seat.
Season XI of Deadliest Catch is under way! Join the captains as they gather on The Bait to look back at last week's Season Premiere, and to push ahead to tonight's new episode, with a host of guests, fun and Captain Sig Hansen in the Hot Seat.
Just weeks after crab season, the Cornelia Marie is back on the grind. Josh Harris struggles to keep his father's boat working in the offseason. The origin of the Cornelia Marie is explored and Josh soon realizes: being a boat owner has its consequences.
As Typhoon Nuri bears down on the fleet, the Captains hunker down on The Bait to recap the season so far, and look ahead to tonight's treacherous storm. Wild Bill occupies the hot seat and a roster of fascinating guests joins the captains in the studio.
Tonight on The Bait, Captains & Deckhands look back at the terror wrought by typhoon Nuri, discuss boat fires with a Seattle fire Captain, Deckhand Travis Lofland graces the Hot Seat, and Sig and Andy get hydraulic with a test of skill in the crane game.
It's Christmas on DEADLIEST CATCH tonight and the Captains have gathered for a holiday episode of THE BAIT. Among the gifts to be unwrapped: Casey McManus in the hot seat, Sig gets musical, Wild Bill on the Scene and extra scenes exclusive to THE BAIT.
Opilio season is in full swing and captains young and old are gearing up on The Bait. Jake's got his family in tow, John is squirming in the Hot Seat, and we go fishing for story behind the scenes with Deadliest Catch Executive Producer, Jeff Conroy.
There's a winter storm descending on the Bering Sea, but the Captains are warming up on The Bait. Andy is feeling the heat in the Hot Seat, Captain Jake is learning to drive a new boat and the Seattle Sea Gals are in the house to cheer on the crabbers.
As the storm of a decade rages on, the captains are staying warm and dry in The Bait studio. Keith Colburn is on fire in the hot seat, Monte Colburn jumps into the fray, and a bona fide soccer star kicks back at the captain's table.
As tensions rise on Deadliest Catch, the Captains are telling it like it is on their very own pre-show, The Bait! Jake relives the Saga's monster wave, Edgar is in the hot seat, and the Captains reminisce with a special behind the scenes guest.
As the ice descends on the Deadliest Catch fleet, the Captains stay warm on their very own pre-show, The Bait! Amy talks Wizard, the first female commander of a US Navy vessel chats with the Captains, & the crabbers play a round of "Name That Greenhorn."
The Captains go head to head in the Bait Bin one last time in preparation for the season finale of Deadliest Catch. Tonight, every Captain takes a turn in the Hot Seat as they grapple with season 11 and look ahead to Season 12.
A government shutdown shortens the season and starts off a chain reaction that forces the fleet to fish harder and faster to make the market deadline. One boat goes up in flames and many are left to wonder if this is really the life they wished for.
Two weeks into the King Crab season the fleet is already behind after a government shut down and now a massive arctic storm. A harrowing Coast Guard airlift must abort with 100-knot winds whipping over the grounds.
A storm shut down the fleet, now an even more severe weather system hits them again. While captains do their best to stay their course, greenhorn problems, mechanical malfunctions and bad fishing conspire to shake their resolve.
As crews prepare to head to the Bairdi grounds, a mayday call from a sinking ship prompts a dramatic at-sea rescue.On the Cape Caution,Bill's greenhorn is looking for a way out, while Edgar on the Northwestern takes a big risk at his first time as captain
With one captain in the hospital and another on a bender, fishing has come to a halt on two boats. Out at sea an alleged felon is trapped, a boat goes dark, and on the Time Bandit...well Captain Johnathan Hillstrand just wants to be young again.
One captain faces what might spell the end of a storied career while another struggles to check into rehab. Problems on land pale in comparison to those on the Bering Sea where the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard lose one of their own
Opilio season kicks off with the return of the fabled Cornelia Marie. After a 3-year struggle Josh Harris bought back the boat that helped make his old man a legend. 18-year-old Mandy Hansen arrives to convince her father Sig to take her fishing.
Blood is spilled on the Cape Caution, when a brutal storm rips across the Bering Sea. Rookie boat owner, Josh Harris swallows his pride. Captain Sig fights to keep the Northwestern from going up in flames and captain Keith battles boat-sinking ice.
In Dutch, Sig welcomes their newest greenhorn: his daughter. After four generations of Hansen fishermen, the next in line is a woman. In high seas, a major hydraulic leak on the Time Bandit primes the engine room to blow.
As the wintery Opilio season roars on, Sig puts Mandy at the helm in boat-crushing seas. Josh Harris struggles quash a rebellion. Elliott's new girlfriend arrives (much to his crew's chagrin). Zack Larson feels Wild Bill's wrath.
It's Super Bowl Sunday on the Bering Sea. The Cornelia Marie battles 20-foot breakers in St. Paul, a blown prop on the Time Bandit causes a rift that pull the Hillstrands apart and Wild Bill takes his deck boss to task.
One of the final episodes of a season nominated for 4 primetime EMMY awards. Sig orders a classic Northwestern grind, Mandy learns what it's really like to be a greenhorn. With major repairs on the Time Bandit, Captain Andy is faced with a tough decision.
With the end in sight, crews struggle to keep it together. A saboteur seeks an early end for the Cape Caution. Cornelia Marie Captains Josh Harris and Casey McManus fight to control their crew. On the Time Bandit a long lost Hillstrand returns.
The finale to the season nominated for 4 primetime EMMY awards. An arctic hurricane strikes the fleet. The Cornelia Marie faces sinking. Blood is shed on the Time Bandit. The Northwestern needs repair in 30foot seas. The Wizard has a near perfect season.
The cameramen arrive to document the most dangerous job on earth, but captains, crews and the Bering Sea have other plans. Along with the full fleet, you'll meet the men and women who risk it all to bring this 10-time EMMY award winning show to you.
Follow the Hansen family during the off season as they juggle tendering operation (where Sig's daughter is a deckhand) and family obligations. A powerful tale about brothers honoring their father's legacy while trying to figure out what the future holds.
The Boys From the Bering Sea square off in Dutch Harbor as they gear up for tonight's stormy episode of Deadliest Catch. The captains debate their return to a dangerous style of fishing they haven't seen since Season 1 of Deadliest Catch.
The Captains tee up tonight's brand new episode of Deadliest Catch from their pre-game studio in Dutch Harbor. At the midpoint of this historic 10th season of Deadliest Catch, the Bering Sea crabbers discuss what it takes to think like a captain.
The Bering Sea Captains set the stakes for tonight's brand new episode of Deadliest Catch from their pre-game Bait studio.Their conversation ranges from grave issues some of the captains are facing to the surprise visit of comic legend, Gilbert Gottfried.
From their Dutch Harbor studio, the Bering Sea Captains celebrate the long awaited return of the Cornelia Marie and its new captain, Josh Harris. But Josh is not going to get off that easy. He has a lot of questions to answer.
In this episode of The Bait, all eyes are looking way north to Captain Keith Coburn and the Wizard. With the ice cap gone and the northern grounds open for the first time in years, Captain Keith takes a gamble on the crab.
On the eve of her first trip as a member of the Northwestern crew, Mandy Hansen is in the hot seat. The captains of the Wizard and the Cape Caution talk about serious injuries on their decks, while Andy Hillstrand describes avoiding a catastrophe.
As the end of the Opie season draws near, the Bering Sea is not making things easy on the Captains. In this episode of The Bait, the Captains compare notes on everything from the serious accidents on their decks to the fear and loathing of their crews.
On the Bering Sea, with crews exhausted and beaten down, the last pots of the season are the toughest stretch. On this episode of The Bait, the Captains discuss their season ending, when the goal line is in sight but not in hand ... yet.
The opie season has ended, the fleet has reached the finish line but the Bering Sea has exacted its price on the men and the boats. In this episode of The Bait, the captains discuss their grueling season and what is ahead for season 11 of Deadliest Catch.
For the first time ever the captains and crews come clean about one of the most brutal seasons in Deadliest Catch history. It's all of the best events from last season and the shocking new revelations from the brave men who survived it all.
It's cloak and dagger time on the Bering Sea as Keith and Junior form a covert alliance. The Northwestern crew knocks out their rocky string but then faces a surprise challenge. Elliot finally debuts his new boat on the dangerous blue crab grounds.
On the blue crab grounds, brutal competition leads to more deceit amongst the captains. Serious injuries plague the fleet, and Junior's betrayal of his alliance with Keith comes back to haunt him with potentially lethal consequences.
On the crowded blue crab grounds, a high seas showdown between the Saga and Seabrooke takes an unexpected turn. On the Northwestern, Captain Sig must make a tough decision about his brother's future, while the Time Bandit has a close call in False Pass.
Five weeks into the king crab season change is in the air and on the Bering Sea. Big moves are made on some boats while it's the same old story on others. Still, the hunt for the elusive blue crab is on everyone's radar.
As King Crab season comes to an end life-changing decisions must be made. The captains of the fleet pull up their last pots while young Jake Anderson struggles with his decision to leave the Northwestern and Josh Harris plots to buy his father's old boat.
Chaos kicks off the 2013 Opilio Season when an accident on the Time Bandit has them racing for the shore. Jake Anderson gets a not-so-warm-welcome on his new boat, the Kiska Sea. As these gladiators of the Bering Sea lace up for their biggest money season
A Category 4 storm has landed on the fleet two weeks into the Oplio Crab Season. As the first pots come aboard some captains are dialed into the crab, while others are off their scent, but they're all struggling to stay afloat.
Survival is the name of the game as the fleet battles their way through a ferocious arctic storm. Junior takes a huge risk in order to get back in the game; two greenhorns struggle to fit in with their crews; and Elliott's problems on land continue.
The fleet's weathered the storm, but the crab are still off the bite. Desperate to make their offload dates, captains mercilessly grind their crews, but some deckhands sick of being bullied when they're not making any cash aren't gonna take it.
The crews and battered boats are feeling the brunt of one of the hardest Opilio seasons on record. While some crewmembers battle potentially catastrophic breakdowns to stay out on the grounds and keep fishing, others throw in the towel and call it quits
Midway through the winter crab season and the Bering sea is taking its toll on the boats and the men. The northern most boats are in a race to save their gear as the polar icepack descends onto the fishing grounds.
With only three weeks left in the Opilio Season, the fleet prepares to make the final push to wrap up their seasons. Captains battle weather, equipment, and their own men in a sprint to the finish, but nothing comes easy.
After enduring months of mechanical breakdowns, sleepless grinds, and infighting, the fleet is starting to crack. When deckhands on the Wizard are unable to lasso a floating walrus carcass, Freddy Maugatai takes matters into his own hands.
The younger generation is put to the test as the fleet races to finish a grueling opilio season. As defiance on the Wizard turns brother against brother, an accident brings one crabber's career to a gruesome end.
The veteran captains of DEADLIEST CATCH are back and this season the young deckhands and skippers plan to give them a run for they bounty. But can the captains keep them from taking over the wheel house for good?
A slashed crab quota has captains reeling before the boats hit the water. With the fleet set to fight over half the catch, each skipper is forced to decide: roll the dice on the depleted Red grounds or risk it all to hunt for the elusive Blue crab.
With the fleet split, a tale of two fisheries emerges. On the Blue grounds, a captains' bet has the boats jockeying for position. On the Red grounds, a returning veteran quickly proves his worth, while another boat copes with a fallen deckhand.
As the fleet grinds through injuries and mental mistakes, the Bering Sea exposes soft spots and weak links in each crew. While the skippers wonder which deckhands have the right stuff, the Time Bandit says goodbye to a crewmate who never made it back.
Halfway through the King crab gauntlet, the beaten-down crews must dig deep to get over the midseason hump. As the crab counts dwindle and the weak fall by the wayside, the skippers give their youngest deckhands a choice: step up or step off.
Past the halfway point of the King Crab season, man and machine alike show signs of wear under the brutal hand of the Bering Sea. While repairs can be made to the equipment, the fishermen must dig deep to soldier on in a place where nature rules.
As king crab season nears the finish line, the crew of The Wizard faces a life or death situation as a deckhand collapses and struggles to hold on. Catching crab suddenly becomes secondary to a fight for survival on the harsh Bering Sea.
In a scramble to help their collapsed greenhorn, the Wizard crew calls in a Coast Guard helicopter. For the rest of the fleet, it's a race to haul crab before a hurricane hits, and the last boat fishing waits too long to leave the grounds.
In the aftermath of an arctic hurricane, the fleet struggles to reach the finish line of a brutal king crab season. Poor fishing and quarreling crews make this final push a painful one for every man on the Bering Sea.
It's winter in Dutch Harbor and the fleet prepares to hunt Opilio crab. The season looks promising with the quota up and the price high, but tensions rise before the lines are thrown as one deckhand quits, two brothers fight and one goes overboard.
With unrelenting northerly winds bearing down on the fleet, every skipper steels himself for battle with the descending polar ice pack. And as temperatures drop on the grounds, tempers on deck flare up.
Across the fleet, captains battle the descending polar ice pack to save their pots, and it's a losing war. The Northwestern and Wizard struggle to escape St. Paul harbor, while the rest of the fleet scrambles to keep their opilio season alive.
The polar ice pack invades the opilio crab grounds, forcing the captains to make a decision: grab their gear and run, or keep fishing and fight the floes. Two deckhands fall victim to an ice assault; a captain's troubles are compounded by a call home.
The ice pack has a choke hold on the Bering Sea opilio grounds. Nearly iced up, captains across the fleet must make the call to stay or go. Some run from the ice, and others stay to battle the elements for the hope of a record-breaking payday.
One of the worst icing events in history recedes making it possible for some of the boats to return. One boat suffers a total blackout while navigating an iceberg minefield, Elliott gets a rude awakening and a greenhorn learns a deadly lesson.
Two brothers find themselves in the same dire situation that sunk their father's boat. After a midseason hiatus, the fleet returns to the Bearing Sea, but the ice is back and worse than before. Now the skippers could get pushed past their breaking points.
In this special two-hour close to a merciless opilio season, a veteran deckhand pays for a mistake in flesh. Then in the final hours some men rise and some men fall, but not everyone will make it home.
Following episode No Exit: Crab fishing on the Bering Sea is full of dangerous surprises. The Captains discuss how they deal with the unexpected from Mother Nature and Lady Luck. The Wizard crew deals with the heart-stopping medevac of Greenhorn Chris.
The Captains explore their own legacies as they swap stories of the legends of the Bering Sea. Elliot squares off with his boat's owner. Jake and Josh Harris compare what they learned as deckhands on the Time Bandit and the Northwestern.
Following episode Landlocked: Life at home is more complicated than life at sea. This explosive episode deals with Jake Anderson's murdered father, Jake Harris' addiction, and Elliot's disintegrating home life.
Following episode Fearless Leaders: The captains discuss their strategies for dealing with the red crab quota and the brutal ice. Elliot and Junior settle their wager. Keith comes face to face with his most disgruntled Greenhorn yet.
The 2010 King crab season begins with an infusion of fresh blood into the crab fleet. Challenging the veteran skippers are 36-year-old Scott Campbell Jr. who helms the Seabrooke, and 28-year-old first-time captain, Elliot Neese, on the Ramblin' Rose.
A serious injury forces a crew member to his bunk after the crane breaks on the Kodiak, while the Seabrooke's greenhorn has a mental breakdown. The crew of the Cornelia Marie must put aside their differences to seek cover from a massive Bering Sea storm.
In the midst of a rough King Crab season, a mutiny transpires on the Cornelia Marie while mental and physical breakdowns plague the crew of the Kodiak. A rogue wave threatens the Time Bandit and a Wizard deckhand summons the wrath of captain Keith.
The police are called in after a confrontation on the Cornelia Marie while a debilitating injury to a Kodiak deckhand ends his career for good. An injury onboard the Ramblin' Rose causes the rookie skipper to have a change of heart.
Massive change strikes every returning boat as Opilio Season begins. Edgar finally says goodbye to the Northwestern, a new captain boards the Cornelia Marie and the entire fleet is shut down by one of the largest arctic storms in history.
As the fleet battles an epic arctic hurricane, focus shifts from strategy to survival. Ice and injuries have the captains considering desperate measures. With the fishing in question, only one thing remains certain: there will be blood.
As another winter storm rips through the crab grounds, the Ramblin' Rose makes an all-or-nothing gamble, the Time Bandit courts danger at the dock and a crewman on the Northwestern suffers a bloody, nose-breaking blow.
A loose pot turns into a half-ton wrecking ball on the Kodiak, while a crewman on the Seabrooke is nearly crushed by ice. On the Cornelia Marie, the new skipper courts mutiny with a move to untested fishing grounds.
A captain and deckhand clash on the Cornelia Marie over a crippling lack of bait, while skipper Elliott Neese attempts to fix a possible season-ending breakdown and the Time Bandit's soft-spoken greenhorn goes to the Hillstrands' Pirate School.
The treacherous waters off St. Paul Island make offloading crab in this barren outpost a terrifying necessity for several boats. A harbor surge snaps lines on the Wizard while another greenhorn walks off the Seabrooke in a cloud of shame.
As Opilio season winds down, two exhausted crewmen on the Time Bandit nearly come to blows. The skippers of the Seabrooke and Cornelia Marie both suffer debilitating injuries and the captain of the Wizard erupts and physically assaults an unlikely victim.
The Bering Sea fleet finishes the season with big pots and big paydays. The Seabrooke captain fights an agonizing illness and the Northwestern takes revenge on the Time Bandit. The Cornelia Marie comes home from what could be its final season of fishing.
The 2009 King crab season begins with tensions at an all time high. One deckhand threatens to quit, while another sets his pre-mature sights on the wheelhouse. When the captains gather for their annual meeting, a line is crossed.
It's week two of King season and a storm looms as the fleet hauls their first crab. One greenhorn cramps up after just a few pots, while two junior deckhands are tested on unfamiliar boats. But it's the veteran deckhands that try the Skippers' patience.
It's the third week of hunting King crab and captain Phil and captain Sig's experiment in trading junior deckhands comes to a close. The young crewmembers are tested by big waves and cruel pranks until the end.
Captain Sig and Captain Phil liaison to reclaim their junior deckhands with a high seas transfer. But when the young crew members submerge themselves in the bitter, treacherous tides - the plan quickly spins out of control.
It's week five of the King Crab season. A monster storm stands between the Time Bandit and their final offload. While on the Northwestern, a maniacal Skipper heads into arctic seas to hunt down the planet's most elusive crab.
The Cornelia Marie runs aground and Skipper Phil faces another massive repair and anxiety about a delayed season. On the winter crab grounds, the Skippers run into a huge ice storm. They're forced to dump icy pots far from their honey holes--or capsize.
The Cornelia Marie gambles on the Bering Sea's most difficult fishing grounds. The Time Bandit is in emergency mode with a starboard list. Meanwhile, a boat calls the Coast Guard for a man suffering from a heart attack.
A Coast Guard helicopter attempts a rescue in dangerous seas. The deck of the Time Bandit becomes a deadly gauntlet of heavy, falling ice chunks while on the Cornelia Marie, the skipper's son reveals a dark secret.
The Time Bandit deck disintegrates as Mike and Scott fight for the Captain's chair. Desperate to leave the deck, Edgar Hansen trains his greenest deckhand on the hydros. As the fleet faces epic weather, Phil Harris battles for his life.
Captain Phil Harris loses his battle for life while the boats - unaware of the news - battle the biggest storm of the season. Eventually, eldest son Josh breaks the news to the fleet and reactions are intense and unforgettable.
Tension runs high on the Northwestern. Edgar Hansen is fed up with the 22 year marathon of pain, and confronts older brother Sig. Josh Harris returns to the Cornelia Marie and the Opilio Season ends with a harrowing mayday.
The 2008 King crab fleet faces huge stakes - before boats even cast off. Skippers Keith and Phil could be sidelined by life threatening illnesses and all the boats are in debt from summer repairs. A skipper is pressured to take a potentially fatal risk.
It's week 2 of the season, and boats are hunting down the elusive King crab. A vicious storm kicks up and a Mayday goes out. The Skippers are glued to their radios -- waiting to hear the fate of 11 brother fishermen in distress...
Crab pots still come up empty and the skippers are out of ideas. Low bait and long grinds take our crews to dark places -- the smallest infractions from a Greenhorn or fellow Deckhand cause tempers and even violence to flare.
The King Crab Season is down to the wire and skippers are desperate to top off their quotas. It's looking bleak as crews pick through bone-yards of fished out grounds. Some boats dig deep for an end of season sprint - other boats just scrape by.
It's the start of the 2009 Opilio Crab Season. Anything the Bering Sea held back during King Season is now being paid out in spades. The skippers have their eyes on the oncoming ice pack -- but it's a lethal, 40-foot rogue wave that's on the hunt.
The fleet arrives on the Opi Grounds and boats struggle with ice, big seas, and bad information to hunt down the crab. A skipper regrets sending his men out in savage weather to save the boat -- but there are no second chances on the Bering Sea.