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.
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.