Original air date: May 2, 2006
The opilio crab season officially began, but a forecast for wind and heavy icing, which can make the vessels top heavy, forced many captains to wait out the storm in Dutch Harbor. As in king crab season, the Time Bandit threw caution to the wind and left early. The Rollo fished grounds long abandoned, and after a few pots with only tanner crab, which are out of season, they pulled some pots with respectable numbers of crab. The Maverick put to sea without longtime deck boss Blake Painter, who took the season off to deal with the impending death of a relative and other family issues. On the Northwestern, Captain Sig Hansen ground it out fishing for cod, which had high prices at the time, instead of fishing for crab.