Original air date: June 9, 2009
Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard calls to his crew on the bow after a big wave crashes over the bow engulfing the crew. After not hearing anything, Captain Keith rushes down from the wheelhouse to find that Monte Colburn has injured ribs from being thrown against the drag anchor, Deckhand Lynn Guitard with a contusion above his left eye and lower back, and First Mate Gary Soper with a contusion below his left eye. With half the crew injured, the Wizard turns back to Dutch Harbor. The Hillstand family fishing ground nicknamed “Mr. Magoo” does not produce any crab unlike last season. The crew of the Time Bandit rail dumps the pots dropped on “Mr. Magoo” and head to their northern strings 60 miles (97 km) away. After offloading 152,000 pounds (69,000 kg) worth $258,000, the Incentive is fishing on the southern fishing grounds 80 miles (130 km) from the sea ice in the middle of an arctic squall with 20-foot (6.1 m) seas, 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) gusts, and −10 °F (−23 °C) temperatures. While pulling up full pots after 18 hours of work, a pot slips from the launcher, but the crew avoids injury. Captain Keith of the Wizard agonizes over his decision to send his crew out on the bow. On the Cornelia Marie, Captain Phil Harris plans a short soak strategy in order to beat the ice. With two new crew members on deck, the crew has yet to get into a good rhythm. When new Engineer Steve Ward is slow stacking the pots on the deck, the Harris sons push him to work faster. This results in a dressing down by Captain Phil to his sons about working together. With three days to go until their delivery date, the Time Bandit arrives at their northern family fishing ground nicknamed “butt cheeks”. Trying to break their bad luck, the crew set fire to the Jake Anderson, of the Northwestern, dummy they made when paying Jake back for stealing Captain Johnathan Hillstrand’s jacket. The crew’s luck changes as the crew pulls up three-quarter full pots after a 21-hour soak. Captain Andy Hillstrand decides to concentrate all of his gear on the “butt cheeks” fishing grounds. The Northwestern is on the crab, pulling an average of 400 keepers per pot 55-mile (89 km) from the sea ice. A 40-foot (12 m) wave crashes over the port side of the boat, snapping the pot tie downs at the stern of the boat, causing the pots to shift to the starboard side. On board the Cornelia Marie, the crew finally gets into a rhythm and their short soaked pots pull up good numbers. Captain Phil must decide on whether to stay and fish and risk being caught by the ice or make a run to St. Paul to offload while the weather is clear. While launching a pot, Jake Harris gets his leg caught in the line after it pops free from the block. Quick work by his brother, Josh Harris, frees Jake’s leg before the descending pot pulls him overboard. After a 20 hour steam, the Wizard arrives back at Dutch Harbor and the injured crew receive medical attention.