Original air date: June 10, 2008
The crew of the Coast Guard helicopter, en route to Cold Bay with a patient rescued from the fish processing vessel Island Enterprise, were unable to contact their command center. With the threat of ice and a quickly diminishing fuel supply, the pilots decided to change course and return to St. Paul. After a two-hour wait, a private cargo plane, took the patient to Anchorage, Alaska. The Cornelia Marie limped to the safety of Zolotoi Bay at St. Paul Island on her one good engine to ride out an approaching storm front. During the night, the strain on the ship caused a dangerous fray in the anchor line. Captain Phil Harris was forced to use his bad engine to help relieve the tension on the cable so that the crew can assess the damage. After a 36-hour run, the Cornelia Marie pulled into Dutch Harbor, where the crew quickly replaced the frayed anchor cable. The local engine mechanic was unable to determine the engine’s problem. The Northwestern’s first pots of the season were a blind drop due to approaching weather, but the boat got lucky and pulled up good numbers. After just 24 hours of working the area, the Northwestern filled its entire forward holding tank with 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of crab. The Time Bandit worked a string of pots placed at the suggestion of Captain Johnathan Hillstrand. When the pots produced poor numbers, Captain Andy Hillstrand moved the Time Bandit to an old family fishing ground nicknamed “Mr. Magoo”. After a long soak time for the pots, the crew hauled in massive numbers to the delight of Captain Andy. On board the Wizard, the crew pulled pots containing large amounts of “dirty” crab (crab covered in barnacles), forcing the crew to throw away most of the catch. The low numbers and seeming lack of enthusiasm from the deck crew caused Captain Keith Colburn to lose his cool. Calling in the crew, he lectured them on how hard he has worked to make the ship successful and reprimanded each member for not giving enough effort. Later, after calming down, Captain Keith called in Lenny to apologize for his blow up. However, greenhorn Jason Moilanen, still fuming from the captain’s criticism, confronts Captain Keith about how he was being treated, breaking the golden rule of crab fishing to never question the captain. Annoyed, Captain Keith orders him out.