The Wizard is headed to Dutch Harbor to offload scheduled in 20 hours in heavy seas and with an iced over stack on deck. Captain Keith Colburn orders the crew to drop 40 pots from the top of the stack as the seas pick up to 35 feet (11 m) and 70-knot (130 km/h; 81 mph) winds. The Time Bandit has 80 pots to pick up to finish off the last of her 40,000 pounds (18,000 kg) quota before she heads to Dutch Harbor to offload. Captain Andy Hillstrand orders the crew to measure the remaining space in the middle tank, the crew ignores him. An angry Captain Johnathan Hillstrand goes on deck to do the measure himself and yell at the crew, in particular Mike Fourtner. After Captains Andy and Johnathan yell at the crew, the last pot of the season is hauled on board by a very subdued crew. After a 17-hour run, the Time Bandit arrives at Dutch Harbor where she offloads the last of her $900,000 quota. With too many deckhands on board, Captain Johnathan fires Deckhand Russell Newberry. Captain Johnathan makes a radio call to Captain Keith on the Wizard to see if he needs another deckhand. The Northwestern is trying to make up time lost from the run to St. Paul to drop off Jake Anderson. She has 72 hours to get the last 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of her quota. The pots pull up good numbers as the weather gets colder. The Wizard arrives at Dutch Harbor where she offloads 375,000 pounds (170,000 kg) of crab. Greenhorn Josh Warner asks Captain Keith if he could have a spot on the boat if he returns in September, but Captain Keith tells him that he will not bring him back on the boat and to pack his bags. With an arctic hurricane due to hit the grounds by the end of the day, the Northwestern crew is hurrying to get all 150 of their pots on board. Low numbers of keepers put their timeline in jeopardy. Captain Keith of the Wizard meets with Russell Newberry and hires him for the rest of the opilio season. Russell packs up his gear on the Time Bandit and heads over to the Wizard. The crew of the Northwestern works their 50th straight hour to bring up the last of 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) of crab, capped off with the traditional flaming hook for the last pot of the season. With offload complete, the Wizard heads back out to sea. Captain Keith wants to drop all of his pots before the arctic hurricane hits with full force. As the hurricane hits, the radio comes alive with reports of fishing boats in distress, including one call from the Coast Guard that an EPIRB has gone off.
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.