Original air date: May 12, 2009
After a 30-hour grind and with 8 hours to spare, the Time Bandit sets their final 35 pot string before heading to Saint Paul to offload. The crew gets a reminder on complacency when a rogue wave knocks a pot off the launcher, nearly crashing into Deckhand Russell Newberry before it goes over the side. After seven days of fishing on barren grounds, Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard makes a major move by baiting heavy and moving to new fishing grounds, but his plans are delayed when he discovers that the boat is low on bait. Captain Keith decides to call out to Captain Sig Hansen of the Northwestern to ask for bait, hoping that Captain Sig follows the unwritten rule of “whenever somebody needs help, regardless of who it is and what is, you help them out”. Continuing to haul up low numbers and with only 150,000 pounds (68,000 kg) out of 200,000 pounds (91,000 kg) for a full load, Captain Murray Gamrath calls the crew to the wheelhouse that he is going to take the Cornelia Marie up north 80 to 95 miles (129 to 153 km) in search of better numbers. Despite their low numbers, Captain Sig of the Northwestern decides to not move and stick it out. Deck Boss Edgar Hansen calls out Deckhand Jake Anderson about how he is prepping the crab pots. Jake takes the criticism personally and his attitude annoys Edgar. The Time Bandit offloads 121,000 pounds (55,000 kg) of crab worth $609,000 at Saint Paul. Also experiencing miserable fishing, Captain Wade Henley considers moving the Lisa Marie up north, but the boat’s small deck would mean multiple trips which would eat up fishing time. Captain Wade decides to move up north 50 miles (80 km) instead of 80 miles (130 km) where he was told over the radio that there was good fishing. Later that night, the crew pulls up a test pot after a 7 hour soak that results in no crab. The lack good fishing causes tension among the crew to rise, culminating in Deckhand Robert Christensen shoving his brother Greenhorn David Christensen to the deck after Robert’s toss of the hook gets caught in a shot line that David was coiling. Working on an 80 pot string with two days before having to make a delivery and on a 36-hour grind, the crew of the Northwestern gets careless. Jake Anderson handles the crab roughly on the sorting table, causing Edgar to call out Jake once again. When Deckhand Matt Bradley joins in on calling out Jake, tempers flare between the two. On the Cornelia Marie, the crew drops 141 pots on new grounds. Tensions are also high among the Harris brothers, with Jake and Josh arguing over Josh’s filling of the bait jars. The Time Bandit continues to pull up full pots. Another close call on deck happens when a bridle breaks while pulling up a pot, but a quick reaction by Deckhand Mike Fourtner to throw out the line from the coiler prevents anybody from getting caught in the line and pulled overboard. Mike’s luck doesn’t hold when he loses two hooks overboard. The crew manage to retrieve the second hook with some luck and jury rigged hook made of two shackles. With only 2,000-pound (910 kg) of bait on board, Captain Keith leaves his brother Monte Colburn at the helm while on a run to pick up some cod pots. Monte spots a herd of walrus and Keith is upset that Monte did not wake him as the superstitious Keith sees the walrus as a good omen. Keith drops a string of pots exactly where the walrus herd was spotted. After a 24-hour soak, the walrus herd turns out to indeed be a good omen as the crab pots are full and the Wizard fills her tanks full. The Cornelia Marie’s move 100 miles (160 km) north does not turn out when she pulls up a disappointing string of pots.