The Deadliest Catch fleet is making the last ditch effort before the season ends. Elliott reaches Hall Island, it is do or die for the Ramblin’ Rose, and Junior is awaiting the results of resetting his zeroes on the Seabrooke.
The Kodiak is already in Dutch Harbor offloading their record catch of red king crab, hoping that the crew will finally change their tune. When the tally comes in, each crewman earned $20,000 for their season. Now they must set the pots for the upcoming opilio season as Captain Bill watches them to make sure they do the job correctly. Now he tells them to put three shots (lengths of rope) in each pot, but still gets some back talk from Zack in front of the rest of the crew. Last opie season they lost pots because there was not enough rope in the pots and each pot costs about $1,000. Bill met with Zack later that day and let him know how mad he was. He is doing everything to make a man out of his son and the kid refuses to listen. Bill has thirty years of experience and does not understand why the kid continues to give him grief at every level.
On the Wizard, the last effort is paying off and they are dropping another 150 pots to salvage their season. The bait is running low and with the loss of Chris, Brady has to pick up the pace. Keith realizes that Brady just saw his fellow greenhorn airlifted off the boat. Keith goes down to talk to Brady and tells him that he will be leaving in a few days with $10,000 if he can get the job done, but Keith believes that he has an attitude that Keith does not like.
On the Ramblin’ Rose, Elliott’s crew is pulling gear and the numbers are worse than before and they are further away from home. On the Seabrooke, Junior was right in staying where he was; the pots are coming up with crab and smiles are met with better pots. Junior knew they would be hungry after that big storm. In just nine hours, they stuffed the tanks. For the season they hauled in 280,500 pounds of blue crab worth $2.1 million dollars giving each deckhand a $50,000 paycheck.
The last pot is on the bow of the Wizard and they are ready to head home, exhausted but happy, despite the fact that one crewman had to be hospitalized. Their last task for now is to secure the stack, but Brady is nowhere to be found. Soper came looking for him and so did Keith. When Keith found him, he gave him a tongue lashing for not pulling his weight and told him to stop with the attitude. Keith knows that Brady will be gone as soon as they get to Dutch Harbor. Yet another greenhorn from the Wizard bites the dust.
On the Time Bandit, it is a joy for Johnathan to see just who will take home the $5,000 and the bragging rights for finding the most crab among the crew. Andy is the judge of the competition as the tally starts; crabs must be legal, that is, no females or juveniles and they must be the proper size or as they call them, keepers. Scotty Hillstrand pulled in 57, Travis Lofland only had 38, Eddie Uwekoolani had 64, Mike Fourtner came up with 64 to tie with Eddie and last up was Josh Harris who only had four on the first pot. The next pot had 24 and the numbers kept coming until Josh won the competition. For the celebration, the crew duct taped him to the ladder on the deck. Never a dull moment on the Time Bandit and always time for a prank.
The tallies came in giving the Seabrooke the top prize of all the crews and the red crab top dog was the Northwestern with 151,000 pounds.
When the Wizard arrives in Dutch Harbor, Brady is ready to jump ship without even helping offload the crab. Keith comes down to find him and he is not going to stay to help the crew offload. So as he walks away from the boat, the crew gives him a big round of applause and they are happy to never see him again. Each crewman received $47,000 and they still have 50,000 pounds of blue crab left to catch without a greenhorn.
The Time Bandit has not been back to Homer, Alaska since 2007 to pass by where their patriarch was buried at sea. They shot off some seal bombs to give him a salute. They have lost three generations of fishermen in a short time; Papa Hillstrand, Phil Harris and Justin Tennison, never to be forgotten on the Bering Sea’s Deadliest Catch.
But just ahead lies the opilio season and from the looks of it, one of the worst winters ever on the Bering Sea. Can they ever get used to the rough seas, the ice, the working from dawn to dawn, and the mechanical failures that seem to be routine? Fans will be watching this breed of real-life supermen of the Deadliest Catch.
Photo of Wizard and Northwestern: Wikimedia