The opilio crab season officially began, but a forecast for wind and heavy icing, which can make the vessels top heavy, forced many captains to wait out the storm in Dutch Harbor. As in king crab season, the Time Bandit threw caution to the wind and left early. The Rollo fished grounds long abandoned, and after a few pots with only tanner crab, which are out of season, they pulled some pots with respectable numbers of crab. The Maverick put to sea without longtime deck boss Blake Painter, who took the season off to deal with the impending death of a relative and other family issues. On the Northwestern, Captain Sig Hansen ground it out fishing for cod, which had high prices at the time, instead of fishing for crab.
Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow crab and bairdi crab fishing seasons.
The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the base of operations for the fishing fleet. The show's title derives from the inherent high risk of injury or death associated with the work.
Deadliest Catch premiered on the Discovery Channel on April 12, 2005, and currently airs in over 200 countries. The first season consisted of ten episodes, with the finale airing on June 14, 2005. Subsequent seasons have aired on the same April to June or July schedule every year since the original 2005 season. The 12th season premiered on March 29, 2016.