Original air date: April 13, 2010
As the King Crab season begins, rumors of Captain Keith trying to recruit a Time Bandit deckhand bring him and Captain Johnathan to blows. The continued friction between Jake and Josh Harris on the Cornelia Marie and the growing ambition of Jake Anderson on Northwestern lead Captain Phil and Captain Sig to swap Jakes, so they can each experience another deck. A friend of the Hillstrand brothers, “Wild Bill” Wichrowski, returns to Alaska with the Kodiak after a 5-year absence to try his luck at crabbing again. Among his crew is former Time Bandit deckhand Russell. Not long after fishing begins, a small cod-fishing vessel, Carly Renee, capsizes near Dutch Harbor. All four crew are rescued alive, and the ship eventually runs aground and is stranded.