Forty-foot waves, 700 pound crab pots, freezing temperatures and your mortality staring you in the face…it’s all in a day’s work for these modern day prospectors. During each episode we will watch crews race to meet their quota and make it home safely.
#2 – Mohawks and Madness, Goodness and Gladness
Season 7 – Episode 16
The Seabrooke captain fights a painful illness; the Cornelia Marie returns from what could be its final season as the Harris brothers mull over who will run the boat and the Northwestern exacts some revenge.
The episode was rated from 40 votes.
#3 – What Would Phil Harris Do?
Season 17 – Episode 7
With the Bairdi fishery open for the first time in years, Josh and John on the Time Bandit reopen the Phil Harris playbook and ask Casey and Sig to help tank the fleetwide quota. Wild Bill bets on Nick McGlashan to turn the tide for the Summer Bay.
The episode was rated from 8 votes.
#4 – The Bitter, Bloody End
Season 8 – Episode 16
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.
The episode was rated from 68 votes.
#5 – Endless
Season 6 – Episode 17
Tension runs high on the Northwestern, as Edgar Hansen is fed up with the 22 year marathon of pain, confronts his older brother Sig. Josh Harris returns to the Cornelia Marie and the Opilio Season ends with a harrowing mayday.
The episode was rated from 38 votes.
#6 – I Smell a Nightmare
Season 7 – Episode 15
As the Opilio season winds down exhaustion causes tempers to boil over on the Time Bandit; the skippers of the Seabrooke and the Cornelia Marie both suffer injuries.
The episode was rated from 49 votes.
#7 – Turf War
Season 8 – Episode 2
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.
The episode was rated from 88 votes.
#8 – Vital Signs
Season 8 – Episode 6
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.
The episode was rated from 85 votes.
#9 – I Don’t Wanna Die
Season 8 – Episode 7
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.
The episode was rated from 76 votes.
#10 – Nowhere to Go But Down
Season 8 – Episode 9
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.
The episode was rated from 80 votes.