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‘Deadliest Catch’: Wild Bill Opens Up About Cancer Diagnosis

Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski of ‘Deadliest Catch’ refused to ‘crawl into a shell’ when he learned he had prostate cancer. Deadliest Catch star Wild Bill Wichrowski is opening up about his experience with prostate cancer, in the hopes that sharing his journey will help others in a similar situation. “The fact that I allowed the news to be broadcast, I heard from a million people, ‘Oh, I hope you’re all right,’ he says. “I was hoping that the fact that I kept going, it would show people that if you have this, you can keep working. You can keep your life moving. I wasn’t going to stop unless I had to.” Fortunately for Wichrowski, his treatment seems to be going well. Video, more, >>CLICK TO READ<< 17:01

The 10 Best Deadliest Catch Boats Ranked

Deadliest Catch showcases real, massive crab fishing vessels battling the freezing Bering Sea, adding nostalgia and drama to the series. Fishing vessels like F/V Southern Wind, F/V Aleutian Lady, and F/V Seabrooke bring unique stories and personalities to the show’s lineup. Captained by industry veterans like Sig Hansen and Keith Colburn, boats like Northwestern and Wizard are iconic symbols of the series. My favorite is #10 on the list, while F/V Northwestern is the quintessential Deadliest Catch fishing boat. It’s appeared in every season of the show and its captain, Sig Hansen, is the unofficial main character of the series. Lots of Photos, more, >>CLICK TO READ<< 10:11

Deadliest Catch’ Season 20: Which Captains Will Return?

Deadliest Catch is back. In the landmark 20th season of the Discovery Channel reality series, the captains will encounter new opportunities and fresh challenges as they head out to sea for the first red king crab season in several years. Not only will crews be allowed to fish once more for the coveted red king crab, but this year, they’ll also participate in the first derby-style race in decades. That means even more intense competition than usual as both veteran and rookie captains fight to bring in the biggest hauls. At the same time, they’ll face unpredictable and dangerous weather patterns as a rare super El Niño weather pattern intensifies winter storms. Video, more, >>CLICK TO READ<< 12:51

‘Deadliest Catch’ Reality TV Star Arrested For Alleged Probation Violation

Police arrested a cast member from Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” in the Florida Keys on Saturday over alleged probation violations. Forty-year-old Erik James Brown, also known as Erik James, was cuffed in the Stock Island section of the Keys over alleged probation violations, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department arrest log. The exact details surrounding the nature of the arrest remain unclear. Brown was previously arrested for allegedly running an illegal marijuana growing operation out of his nearly $2 million Florida home in 2018. links, more, >>click to read<< 10:54

‘Deadliest Catch’: Will There Be a Season 20?

For nearly two decades, Discovery Channel’s reality series Deadliest Catch has offered TV viewers an inside look at the rough-and-tumble world of commercial fishing. The show, which follows fishermen as they hunt the Bering Sea for crab and other seafood, last aired new episodes in September 2023. Now, fans are wondering if and when it might return with new episodes. Here’s what we know so far about Deadliest Catch Season 20. In recent seasons of Deadliest Catchviewers have seen the effect dramatic changes in seafood populations in the Bering Sea have had on commercial fishermen. more, >>click to read<< 1o:59

What is Captain Sig Hansen’s Net Worth and Salary?

Sigurd Jonny Hansen entered the world on April 28, 1966, in Seattle, hailing from a proud lineage of Norwegian fishermen. At the tender age of 14, Sigurd embarked on his maritime journey, joining his father’s fishing vessel. His immersion in the world of fishing deepened, and upon completing high school, he transitioned into a full-time fisherman. It was during these formative years that Sig Hansen honed his expertise in navigating the challenging waters of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Over time, Sig Hansen progressively climbed the ranks aboard the Northwestern, ultimately assuming the role of relief skipper. At the age of 24, he ascended to the position of full-time captain of the vessel. Under his leadership, the Northwestern has maintained an exemplary track record, excelling in both safety and gross production. Notably, in 2005 and 2006, the Northwestern outperformed all other vessels featured on Deadliest Catch in terms of earnings. more, >>click to read<< 11:21

In a surging seafood industry, boat captains struggle to find workers

America loves its reality TV fishing shows like Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” and National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna.” But in reality, it’s an industry plagued by not having enough workers.  “It’s hard to find people. I mean, that’s just the challenge,” said boat captain Darren Platt. “There’s not a whole lot of experience. There’s not enough experienced people out there to fully be employed in the fleet.” In Alaska, Platt captains the salmon fishing boat Agnes Sabine. He could use some help, but with record low unemployment in the lower 48 states, fewer young people are making their way north to Kodiak to make fishing their full-time job. “We need to continuously bring in people from outside to come up and work,” Platt said. “And it’s usually college students or young folks looking for an adventure, but not career fishermen. “Video, >>click to read<< 10:35

Keith Anderson Cause of Death: The Tragic Story of a Deadliest Catch Star’s Father

Keith Anderson was a retired high school counselor and the father of Jake Anderson, a fishing captain and reality TV star who co-owns the FV Saga and appears on the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch. Keith Anderson’s death was one of the most tragic and haunting events in the history of the show, as he went missing in 2010 and his remains were found two years later in a remote area of Washington state. What happened to Keith Anderson, and how did his family cope with his loss? Here is the story behind his mysterious disappearance and death. >>click to read<< 11:22

Deadliest Catch: Captain Keith Colburn’s Secret Culinary Background Explained

Most of the crab fishermen on Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” have deep roots in crabbing. Other fishermen seek out the industry on their own. In 1985, at the age of 22, Keith Colburn hopped on a plane from Lake Tahoe to Kodiak, Alaska to find work as a fisherman, despite having zero experience. A gig as a greenhorn on the Alaska Trader turned into a full-fledged career, and three years later, he became a deckhand on the F/V Wizard. Over 30 years later, he’s captaining the same ship.  Colburn may have been green when he started out, but he did have some experience with seafood — from a culinary standpoint, that is. Before he decamped to Alaska on a whim, Colburn had been working in a French restaurant since he was 14 years old. By age 21, he was already a sous chef and trained for the role of executive chef. He was prepared for a career in the kitchen until the siren song of crabbing called to him. Colburn’s culinary skills even helped him get the gig on the Alaska Trader. “For the first six weeks that I was in Alaska, I worked for room and board,”  >>click to read<< 20:57

Linda Greenlaw Casts Claim That Deadliest Catch Is More Scripted Than You Think

In Sig Hansen’s estimation, “Deadliest Catch” is not reality television. The veteran skipper regards “Deadliest Catch” as more of a documentary — or perhaps more accurately, a docuseries. Still, “Deadliest Catch” is known to gin up drama. And according to the show’s newest cast member, Linda Greenlaw, “Deadliest Catch” is more scripted than you think. A well-known and highly regarded fisherman, Greenlaw is the sole female swordfishing captain on the East Coast, as well as a noted survivor of the “perfect storm” that plowed through the waters of the Northeast in 1991. Greenlaw is also no stranger to reality TV, having starred in Discovery’s “Swords: Life on the Line,” a series that focuses on the Northeast swordfishing industry. >click to read< 11:07

Andy Hillstrand from Deadliest Catch – What Happened to Him?

Talk about the show Deadliest Catch, and the mention of Andy Hillstrand is a must. The famous face on the show left the whole fans shocked when he decided to exit it in 2020. Andy sailed through the sea with this F/V time Bandit and his crew of sailors to catch crabs in the crab season. He was ready for everything the sea had to offer him. But his sudden exit from the reality show left everyone wondering why he would do that after years of amicable filming with the Discovery Channel.  So, why did Andy have to leave the show, and where is he currently? This article answers all the questions. >click to read< 14:36

Linda Greenlaw’s Favorite Maine Place

It was while piloting a tour a few years back that she found her favorite Maine place, a little cove on the eastern side of Morgan Bay that she appreciates for its quietude. These days, whenever she has time, she likes to hike to the cove at low tide to go clamming. . She considers herself retired from chasing swordfish, but when pressed, she takes a “never say never” stance on someday unretiring. “Swordfish are alive and colorful when they come on board,” she says. “With their big bills, it’s like catching unicorns.” Last fall, she flew to Alaska to join the cast of season 19 of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, a series that follows the day-to-day dramas of crab-fishing crews on the Bering Sea.  >click to read< 20:26

Deadliest Catch: Some Fans Believe Captain Phil’s Tragic Death Was the Show’s Turning Point

Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” may have 19 seasons and counting under its belt, but some fans believe the show experiences a major turning point in Season 6, which aired in 2010. From the series premiere in 2005, audiences always get to know a bit about the captains and deckhands, but never anything too personal. Largely, it’s all about the dangers of the Bering Sea and filling the pots. That drastically changes in the last few episodes of Season 6, when F/V Cornelia Marie Captain Phil Harris’ emotional last days are chronicled for the world to see. After suffering a stroke off-camera, Harris awakens from a medically induced coma. As shown on “Deadliest Catch,” he’s able to spend some time with his sons — Jake and Josh Harris — before passing away on February 9, 2010. >click to read< 17:21

Deadliest Catch’s F/V Aleutian Ballad comeback from 60ft ‘rogue wave’ capsize

The Aleutian Ballad is one of Deadliest Catch’s most memorable fishing vessels. Deadliest Catch’s F/V Aleutian Ballad was captained by Jerry ‘Corky’ Tilley. The Washington born captain was in charge of the boat when it was hit by a wave the size of a five-story building in season 2. The 107-foot-long welded steel crabber was capsized by the “rogue wave,” and exited the Discovery series. Speaking on Deadliest Catch, Captain Jerry said that the weather conditions were “unbelievable.” At 3 am, the Captain had to navigate the 100ft tall boat through 40ft seas and 60-mph winds before it was hit by a 60ft wave. During Deadliest Catch season 2, fans saw the Aleutian Ballad with a dead engine after being hit by a “rogue wave.” Video, >click to read< 06:49

Toughest Cast Members From Deadliest Catch

It’s easy to fall into the trap of beginning to think that just because “Deadliest Catch” is on television, there’s no way that the producers or the network could possibly let anything happen, but here’s the thing: The Bering Sea doesn’t really care who’s watching, and one slip-up can mean the end of a life. Those who go out, do so prepared to face the worst. That said, not all crew members are made of the same stuff. There are some that have been forged in fire, come out the other side, and then gone on to spend months at a time in one of the most unforgiving landscapes in the modern world. That takes a kind of toughness that can’t be measured … and it’s one that’s not always about who can bench-press the most. >click to read< 11:02

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star ‘Wild’ Bill Wichrowski Was Initially ‘Skeptical’ of the Show

The popular show reels viewers in with its unvarnished look at the rough-and-tumble world of commercial fishing. But not everyone who participates in the show was initially sold on the idea. Captain ‘Wild’ Bill Wichrowski has said that when he first heard about the series, he wasn’t eager to sign on. These days Wichrowski is a fixture on Deadliest CatchBut he actually wasn’t part of the show’s initial cast. He joined the series in season 6, which aired in 2010. The Great Recession had just happened, and the economic downturn prompted him to say yes to filming. Wichrowski, however, was a holdout. The idea of being on TV “just didn’t hold interest,” he said. Wichrowski said his reality TV fame helped him promote causes he was passionate about, such as the Wounded Warrior Project.  photos, video >click to read< 14:51

‘Deadliest Catch’: Who is the Richest Captain in the Series?

The richest captain in Deadliest Catch is season 19 star Sig Hansen, captain of F/V Northwestern. Sig has a reported net worth of $3.5 million and brings in an annual salary of  $500,000 to $1,000,000. He first started fishing while on his parents’ boat at the age of 14, and after high school, he made it a year-round activity. His father, Sverre, pioneered the Alaskan crab fishing industry, so it was always in Sig’s blood to take to the Bering Sea. The second richest captain on the show was “Wild” Bill Wichrowski, captain of F/V Summer Bay, with a net worth of $3 million. The third richest was Jake Anderson, captain of F/V Saga, with a net worth of $1.8 million. Video, >click to read< 12:05

Every Deadliest Catch Captain Ranked from Worst to Best

First airing in 2005, the reality TV show follows a featured fleet of fishing vessels as they try to do battle with the elements, and each other, in order to get the best stock of crab possible. Though its concept might sound mundane, the show has often courted controversy, with sexual harassment claims, legal woes, and jail time all attached to various stars that have appeared throughout the years. 2023 brings viewers the show’s nineteenth season, plenty of captains have been able to establish themselves as fan favorites. From newbie faces appearing in later seasons to those who have weathered the storms since its pilot episode, there’s been a captain to cater to every taste, and then some. But who fares the worst, and who is the best? Grab your waders and read on for a ranking of every “Deadliest Catch” captain. >click to read and comment< 12:39

Deadliest Catch: What Happened to the F/V Northwestern?

The only boat to appear in all 19 seasons of the show, the F/V Northwestern is owned by the Hansen family and skippered by Sig Hansen, according to the Discovery Channel’s F/V Northwestern origin story, posted on Youtube. Surely the 124-foot-long fishing boat built in 1977 has weathered some rough seas, but so has the family that owns her. Despite lawsuits, a sexual assault conviction, and more accusations, the Northwestern has remained integral to the livelihood of the family. >click to read< 09:50

How Commercial Fisherman Corey Arnold Got Hooked On Fishing

Chris Arnold was an avocado grower and nurseryman, in Southern California, who bought a fishing boat when Corey was a toddler. He was reeling in baby sharks while still in diapers. “My dad was obviously busy with work and running a business, so fishing was a hobby for him,” says Arnold. “But I was 100 percent on fishing.” It was on a summer fishing trip to Alaska with his dad that Arnold first observed a commercial fishing operation — by 19, he had his first fishing job. He went on to work for seven years as a crab fisherman in Seattle, and eventually made his way to Alaska fishing for king crab on the F/V Rollo (featured on Season 2 of the Deadliest Catch) in the depths of winter, on the Bering Sea. Photos, >click to read< 11:15

Why A Deadliest Catch Deckhand Is Suing Sig Hansen’s Company

A deckhand working on the fishing vessel Northwestern, which frequently appears on the Discovery hit “Deadliest Catch,” has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the ship’s owners. Alaska Public Media reports that deckhand Nick Mavar Jr. filed a civil suit against Hansen Enterprises, Inc. in December 2022 in Washington State’s King County Superior Court. In the brief, as quoted by Alaska Public Media, Mavar Jr. explains that during a December 2020 voyage with the show’s crew aboard the boat, Mavar Jr. began to experience worsening abdominal pain while working. He claims that he was not given adequate medical treatment in time, resulting in his appendix bursting before he was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. It was later discovered that there was a cancerous tumor within the ruptured organ. Hansen Enterprise’s legal issues don’t end there. In the wake of Nick Mavar Jr.’s suit, Hansen Enterprises Inc. filed a civil lawsuit against Original Productions Inc and Trifecta Solutions LLC  >click to read< 19:40

Captain Rick Shelford is as Experienced as They Come on ‘Deadliest Catch’

Rick is a dedicated fishing vessel captain on and off the show. Outside of Deadliest Catch, Rick has been working as a captain for more than a decade. But just because he comes from a long line of fishermen, it doesn’t mean Rick’s career was just handed to him by any means. In fact, he worked hard and moved through the ranks to get to where he is today. According to the official website for Shelford Fisheries, Rick started off in 1997 as a green horn, which is someone who works alongside a deckhand and is treated as though they have no fishing experience. He moved up to become an engineer and then captain who is ready and prepared for anything at sea, whether it involves actual fish and crab or the mechanics of a ship. >click to read< 12:20

’Deadliest Catch’: Sig Hansen Admits Producers Make the Show More ‘Dramatic’: ‘That’s What Sells’

Discovery Channel’s hit reality TV series, Deadliest Catch, focuses heavily on Sig Hansen in season 19. Sig and his daughter, Mandy Hansen, are at the helm of the Northwestern, and they’ve given a lot of insight into what life is like catching crabs on the Bering Sea. Here’s what Sig Hansen admitted about the producers of Deadliest Catch focusing on the difficult weather conditions to make the show more “dramatic.” “They shoot thousands of hours of footage, and I can understand that they are trying to put a storyboard together and make it fit. Everything that they film is accurate, but you will see a lot of the more foul weather as opposed to the calm days. I suppose that’s what sells, but the bad weather is a reality.” Also, an interesting video of the F/V Foremost sinking, leading to the construction of F/V Northwestern. >click to read< 13:41

Deadliest Catch: Where is Captain Casey McManus anyway?!!

High-stakes reality series “Deadliest Catch” is back on Discovery Channel for its 19th season. But a few familiar faces are missing from the popular show. Former cast member Josh Harris does not appear in the new episodes. Nor does his one-time partner Captain Casey McManus of the F/V Cornelia Marie. Instead, McManus has taken a job that keeps him a bit closer to shore. While Discovery Channel had cut ties with Harris, McManus’ future on the show was unclear. However, when details about the currently airing 19th season were released, his name was missing from the list of captains. Video, >click to read< 17:49

‘Deadliest Catch’ boat owner sues production company over former deckhand’s medical care

The owners of a fishing vessel featured in “Deadliest Catch” are suing the reality TV show’s production company and a contractor after a former crew member blamed a lack of prompt care during the pandemic for leaving him with serious medical problems. The civil lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Alaska by attorneys for the F/V Northwestern, centers on 58-year-old former deckhand Nick Mavar Jr., a longtime cast member of the show that debuted in 2005 on the Discovery Channel. The suit references a separate complaint Mavar filed in December in Washington’s King County Superior Court seeking more than $1 million in damages from the Northwestern’s owners, listed by Washington state records as Sig Hansen, the boat’s captain, and his wife, June. F/V Northwestern LLC is licensed in Alaska. >click to read<, and, ‘Deadliest Catch’ Lawsuit: Why Nick Mavar Jr. Sued Sig Hansen Over Medical Care >click to read< 12:02

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captains Earn Good Money From the Show, Says Jake Anderson

With great risk comes great reward. That certainly can be the case when it comes to commercial fishing. Captains featured on Discovery Channel’s long-running show Deadliest Catch can earn six figures in a single season, depending on their haul. And that’s not counting what they make for appearing on the reality series, which can be substantial, cast member and captain Jake Anderson has said. Anderson has spent more than 15 years as a Deadliest Catchcast member, rising from greenhorn to captain of his own boat, the F/V Saga. Now a seasoned veteran of the Alaskan fishing industry, he’s said he can make millions of dollars in just a few weeks, if everything goes well. 2 Video’s, >click to read< 22:07

WA deckhand joins ‘Deadliest Catch’s’ 19th season

Jacob Hutchins, a 33-year-old deckhand from Olympia, joins the “Deadliest Catch” cast in its 19th season with one goal: to become the first, as far as he knows, African American crabbing captain on the Bering Sea. Premiering at 8 p.m. April 18 on Discovery Channel, “Deadliest Catch” introduces new characters on each boat with Hutchins paired with Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard. “He’s got experience, but he’s untested on the Wizard,” Colburn said in preview of the new season that aired last week. A 2008 graduate of Bremerton High School, Hutchins found himself in Grays Harbor County where “you have logging and fishing [as options] if you want to make some money without any real requirement or anything.” >click to read< 09:08

What happened to Andy Hillstrand? Where is he now?

Andy Hillstrand is a well-known television personality. His celebrity stems from his appearance in the documentary Deadliest Catch. During this time, he sailed on board the Time Bandit vessel with his brother and a crew of seamen. Hillstrand was willing to go to any length to meet the fishing quota on this expedition to catch king crabs and snow crabs. Andy Hillstrand was born and reared in Alaska with his brother Jonathan Hillstrand. They lived almost entirely at sea, learning and witnessing family trades. Andy began fishing with his brother at the age of seven. He was the third kid in a five-child family. Three of the five brothers worked together in the water. >click to read< 09:49

Linda Greenlaw to be featured on upcoming season of ‘Deadliest Catch’

The state’s most famous living fishing boat captain will be featured on the upcoming season of the popular reality television series, “Deadliest Catch.” Greenlaw said Friday that she went to Alaska last fall with “a positive attitude, strong work ethic and the good sense to know what I didn’t know” about the particular challenges of fishing for Bering Sea crab. She said she learned a lot from ‘Wild’ Bill Wichrowski, the notoriously grumpy captain and owner of F/V Summer Bay who has appeared on the show for 13 seasons. “I wanted to learn from the best — and I did,” Greenlaw became well known 30 years ago after being written about in “The Perfect Storm,” a nonfiction book by Sebastian Junger about a powerful Nor’easter storm that sank the sword fishing boat F/V Andrea Gail in 1991.   >click to read< 07:15

Deadliest Catch Got Us All Fooled with Faking a Storm, and Nobody Noticed

A reality TV show is supposed to show us, well, reality. After all, it is in the name. But when actual events fail to be sufficiently exciting to the audience, creative editing of footage may come to the rescue.  Take, for example, Deadliest Catch on the Discovery channel. Deadliest Catch is a long-running reality show, currently 18 seasons have been made. The name is half-misleading. But on the other hand, being a fisherman in a crab fishing boat on the Bering Sea is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world thanks to the severe weather conditions, including frigid gales, rough waves, ice floating around the boat and forming on it, as well as to the need to operate heavy machinery on the rolling boat deck. >click to read< 11:31