Original air date: May 27, 2008
After a quick offload, the Time Bandit headed back out to sea with Captain Johnathan Hillstrand’s son, Scott, back on board after Andy Hillstrand had to return home to attend to personal business. Poor numbers narrowed the contenders for the final week of the Captain’s wager made at the beginning of the season to just the Time Bandit and the Wizard. Battling head-to-head up to the final pot, Captain Johnathan Hillstrand of the Time Bandit triumphed over Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard with a 75 crab per pot average versus a 65 crab per pot average, respectively. The crew of the Northwestern kept up their grinding schedule of 20 hour days for the past four weeks up until the very last pot. Deck Boss Edgar Hansen was hit in the head by the picking hook when the boat rolled in the waves and Greenhorn Jake Anderson was unable to grab the hook in time. However, Edgar shrugged off the injury and completed the traditional flaming hook toss to end the season. With 24 hours left in the season and 11,000 pounds (5,000 kg) of their quota left to catch, the North American made a Hail Mary play by dropping their entire 100 pots into a small area after a test pot produced good results. The play worked out and the North American was able to catch their 83,000 pounds (38,000 kg) quota in two weeks. On board the Early Dawn, low numbers caused the crew to call the boat’s owner to complain about the poor fishing with greenhorn and owner’s son, Bryan Mezich, stating “the crew prefers if you leased out quota”. The crew got their wish when the boat’s owner called Captain Rick Fehst to tell him that the boat’s final 75,000 pounds (34,000 kg) of the season’s quota had been leased out. The last string of the season for the Cornelia Marie was interrupted by a broken fitting on a hydraulic line on the crane. To repair the crane, Engineer Murray Gamrath had to climb the oil-slicked crane in a snow squall. With the King crab season over, the Hillstrand brothers gathered in their home port of Homer, Alaska to celebrate and to honor their deceased father, who is buried on a mountain slope overlooking the sea.