Original air date: May 3, 2005
The fleet is forced to make difficult decisions about whether to continue last-minute pot placements or pull in all of their gear and cut their losses on the short season rather than violate the law. The Hansen brothers on board the Northwestern decide not to launch any more pots and instead go after a string of pots in the northern king crab waters that Sig dubs “Long Tall Sally”; the decision is rewarded when the pots come in huge, enabling the Northwestern to win the final King Crab Derby title. The crews rush to finish pulling in the last of the crab pots for the season and head back to Dutch Harbor to get in line for the crab processor. The greenhorns make decisions about whether to continue with their new careers or to go on with their lives. After a very successful offload at the Northwestern traditional offload port, Akutan, Bradford, the Northwestern greenhorn, is awarded 10% of a deckhand’s share for his hard work and good attitude—about $1600—and finally gets a greeting and handshake from Captain Sig Hansen.