Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 7 saw the search for Opilio crab begin on Discovery Channel Tuesday. It’s now January at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and 68 vessels are going after 65 million dollars worth of Opilio crab, though 5 boats are covered in the hit show. Season 6, Episode 7 of Deadliest Catch saw one boat docked as the other boats headed for Opilio crab. Ice and more ice plague the fishing before it can even start.
Edgar Hansen Shows His Age and Pain on Season 6, Episode 7 of Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel
The Time Bandit Captain Johnathan Hillstrand has hired greenhorn Jeremy, who has a joke played on him by the crew: He’s wrapped in a foil like substance and runs around like a headless chicken to supposedly “tune the radar.” Out to sea, and 80 miles from his ideal spot, the Opilio crab pots and equipment have iced over in 50-plus knot winds and the wind chill is -3 degrees, but the pots that look like ice cubes have to be dropped because they are weighing down the boat. Jeremy is getting a rude awakening on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 7.
On the Northwestern with Captain Sig Hansen, Edgar is celebrating his birthday but he’s showing his age with back troubles. The captain expects his brother to basically get the job done, even though he’s concerned for his welfare. He leaves earlier than the others to beat the ensuing bad weather, but has to stop 80 miles short of his ideal place, cutting his crew’s 8 hour sleep time by 4 hours to get them working in snowy, windy weather. The crew has to add more line to the 60 Opilio crab pots. Edgar is really hurting out there, but he’s pushed by the captain on Season 6, Episode 7 of Deadliest Catch.
The Wizard sees Captain Keith Colburn bring on a greenhorn Paul. His boat lands at his targeted grounds in rough seas with 80 pots to drop. He recalls his worst wave he ever had to deal with in a previous season, but then a 30 foot wave hits the boat but doesn’t take any crew members.
The Cornelia Marie Sits Broken on Season 6, Episode 7 of Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel
On the Cornelia Marie, Captain Phil Harris is struggling to get a broken down boat fixed because he drove it into a reef, messing up the propeller. 40 hours after the accident, the boat is still waiting to be fixed on Season 6, Episode 7 of Deadliest Catch. After 22 hours and $50,000 worth of repairs, the boat can leave. He’s got to get 800,000 pounds of Opilio crab to meet his quota. After going through 12 hours of icy spray, the pots are dumped before the target zone is hit because of the heavy ice. The pots seem as if they’re welded together. Jake Harris volunteers to break the ice, risking his life, for he’s on the sides of the pots like a mountain climber. It takes him 40 minutes to get the first pot separated.
On the Kodiak, Captain “Wild Bill” Wichrowski is trying to have a better season with Opilio crab than with Red King crab, and has hired three new crew members (his own son quit after the Red King crab season ended). This new crew is dealing with terrible weather, too, and has 125 icy pots to drop, but at least he’s reached his ideal fishing spot on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 7.
It’s “goose eggs” for all the boats in the Opilio crab count so far. For those of you who need recaps, you can read about Season 6, Episode 1 here; 2 here; 3 here; 4 here; 5 here ; 6 here.
“When Hell Freezes Over”, Deadliest Catch, May 25, 2010, Discovery Channel