Heading Out to Sea
October in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, means only one thing: king crab season. Bering Sea weather reports warn of a massive storm and some of the roughest seas the fleet has seen in years, and the captains must decide whether to shove off or batten down.
Batten Down the Hatches
The captains take advantage of rare, calm weather on the Bering Sea to drop their pots for king crab fishing. But there's an impending storm, and while Sig weighs the risks of fishing vs. running, Johnathan decides that the Time Bandit will fish through the storm. Meanwhile, the Cornelia Marie limps back to Dutch Harbor on one engine for repairs while the storm nips at its heels.
On the Crab
In spite of a torrential downpour and a blinding snowstorm, the crews push on as they fish for Alaskan king crab. A broken crane slows down the Northwestern, the Rollo keeps pulling up female crabs, which are illegal to keep and must be thrown back, and the Cornelia Marie's string of good luck quickly runs out as the boat is plagued by another mechanical problem.
The Finish Line
After a profitable offload on Akutan Island, Captain Sig Hansen and the Northwestern crew are back on the trail of Alaskan king crab. Meanwhile, the crew of the Maverick sees a possible change in command, and the Aleutian Ballad is forced to take a greenhorn back to Dutch Harbor.
Friends and Rivals
The Aleutian Ballad is knocked on its side by a vicious wave, stripping the ship of power and leaving the crew scrambling in the dark. Meanwhile, the exhausted crews of the Time Bandit, the Maverick and the Rollo endure rough weather.
A New Hunt Begins
January in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, finds the fishermen returning to their boats for the opilio crab fishing season. They prep their boats, bait and supplies with the hope that this season will be even more productive than the last.
Smoke on the Water
Amid an Arctic storm, the Time Bandit pushes on with a limited amount of bait, and the Rollo and the Maverick drop their pots quickly to avoid rolling. With the frustrated Cornelia Marie stuck in port, the Northwestern sticks with successful cod instead of fishing for opilio crab.
Man vs. Ice
Bad crab and long days fray nerves and cause fights on the Maverick and the Rollo. The trailblazing Time Bandit presses north into the Arctic onslaught, and Sig Hansen wakes from a short nap to find the Northwestern lost after Edgar sits on wheel watch.
On the Edge
The Time Bandit finds their ice pack as the Rollo fishes through gnarly weather. The crew of the Maverick must work through a shipwide flu epidemic while the Cornelia Marie has trouble finding their crab. The Northwestern moves on from cod to opilio crab.
Freezing weather and severe icing claim their first victim on the Cornelia Marie when a deckhand takes a spill. The Time Bandit navigates the northern ice pack, and deckhands are forced to take breaks from fishing to beat thousands of pounds of icy buildup from every inch of steel. The crews on the Maverick attempt to jury-rig a shattered stiff arm.
Race Against the Ice
The Rollo and the Maverick race back to the crab grounds after heavy offloads on St. Paul Island, but the Rollo's captain is cross with his crew after miscalculations result in 40,000 more pounds of crab than scheduled. The Cornelia Marie offloads an injured deckhand and must finish out their season one man down. Fishing cod before crab pays off for the Northwestern; they entered the season late, but they're on the crab and pulling up huge numbers.
Facing the end of the season, the fleet is scrambling to the deep and pushing the fishing into overdrive. The Maverick does some precision fishing on the ridges of ocean floor cliffs, and the Northwestern continues pulling up massive pots. But with full holds and iced-over decks full of pots, the risk of tipping over while steaming back to port is high.
A Tragic Beginning
Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the largest fishing port in the United States, is buzzing as 81 fishing vessels, including the Northwestern, the Cornelia Marie and the Time Bandit, return to start the 2006 red king crab season. Rick Quashnik cedes control of the Maverick to a new captain, and as the fishermen drop their first pots, an emergency radio distress beacon goes off.
The Unforgiving Sea
After a fishing boat sinks, the fleet works with the Coast Guard to find survivors. While equipment failures plague the Northwestern and the Cornelia Marie, the Time Bandit and the Maverick start fishing only to have one boat come up empty while the other fills pots.
Pain and Paybacks
After a deadly start, the Bering Sea is still claiming victims. Working in high seas, a deckhand on the Wizard suffers a crippling injury, leaving the captain scrambling to shore. On the Northwestern, a deckhand fears possible jail time, and the Farwest Leader finds pots of gold at the hands of the captain's wife.
Halfway through crab season, the grind is on as crews work 40 hours without sleep. Equipment failures, fatigue and bad weather make fishing even more dangerous. Both the Maverick and the Farwest Leader must stop for repairs, and the Time Bandit rescues a fisherman who has fallen off a passing crab boat.
Bering Sea Salvation
As the end of the king crab season draws near, the captains consider their positions in a friendly captains' wager made before the season. The Time Bandit crew starts dropping gear and hauling in record numbers. The Northwestern brings in huge pots of keepers, but on the Wizard, the crew is struggling to make their final offload.
The Last Lap
The red king crab fishing marathon comes to a close. Sig Hansen and the Northwestern crew finish a 30-hour grind and steam for port while Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie returns to Dutch Harbor injury-free. With money in their pockets, the fishermen return home for a short rest before returning for the opilio crab season.
As the opilio crab season opens, several greenhorns experience the subfreezing temperatures and icy winter waters of the Bering Sea for the first time. The Northwestern's pots are battered by rough weather and sea lions, and the Time Bandit bets the farm on a secret location where there may be no crab at all.
Caught in the Storm
Only days into opilio crab season, a major storm system has arrived on the fishing grounds. High seas cause Andy Hillstrand to call his men off deck on the Time Bandit moments before a rogue wave hits the starboard side. Off to a slow start, the Northwestern is plagued by bad luck as an engine problem forces the boat to head for port.
Crossing the Line
Busted buoys, broken pots and a blown engine put the Northwestern more than a week behind schedule, so Sig takes a chance and drops all of his gear far north of the rest of the fleet. A monster storm blows through the Time Bandit and Cornelia Marie's grounds. Both boats fish through the onslaught, and it pays off for the Cornelia Marie with decent numbers.
Trials of the Greenhorns
Greenhorns are put to the test as the Bering Sea's harsh winter weather deteriorates. A greenhorn on the Wizard has only worked three days and is already faltering, but the Northwestern and Cornelia Marie greenhorns step up to prove their worth.
Ice and Open Water
The promise of a great catch outweighs the dangerous risks of opilio crab fishing season. The Farwest Leader tries to survive the loss of one engine, the Time Bandit is caught in a crippling ice pack when the weather changes drastically, and the Northwestern tries to stay ahead of the ice pack.
A Frozen Finish
It's the end of opilio crab season, and while some of the greenhorns have succeeded in their quests to become Bering Sea crab fishermen, others won't be coming back. The crab tally is in, and a winner is declared.
Get 'Em Back Safe!
The fishing fleet sets off to brave the deadly Bering Sea and cash in on king crab. First, the Northwestern must make some quick repairs. The Wizard trains two greenhorns, and the Time Bandit welcomes Johnathan's son, Scott.
The boats fight a fierce Bering Sea storm front as they stake their claim on coveted grounds. The Time Bandit pulls a prank on the Cornelia Marie, and one Wizard greenhorn starts to fall apart after only 48 hours. The Early Dawn crew must race to finish out their brown crab season and move on to reds before the grounds are completely fished out.
A Numbers Game
A mechanical breakdown presses Edgar to make a dangerous repair on the Northwestern while questionable counting makes Sig lose his temper. Hard work separates the greenhorns on the Wizard, and Phil's failing health impacts the crew of the Cornelia Marie.
Unsafe and Unsound
Greenhorns, skippers and family fishing dynasties begin to crack. On the Northwestern, Sig and Edgar have a contest to see who can fish the longest without sleep. Johnathan has a brush with death on the Time Bandit, and Phil's son starts a new tradition on the Cornelia Marie.
Tempers flare aboard the Wizard and the Northwestern, and the Time Bandit has a dangerous electrical short. On the Cornelia Marie, Phil's health deteriorates. The Early Dawn runs headlong into high seas when its greenhorn falls asleep at the wheel.
Racing the Clock
With a few weeks left in king crab season, the fate of every deckhand's paycheck sits squarely on his captain's shoulders. The Time Bandit has had good fishing but a string of bad luck with the crew and boat. The Wizard found the crab early and never lost the scent, and the North American returns to duty.
Seeking the Catch
As the king crab season ticks down, mass amounts of stinging jellyfish in unfilled pots add insult to injury. The Cornelia Marie faces losing their captain for good, and crew mistakes aboard the Northwestern could be costly. A last-minute addition to the fleet, the North American, scrambles to make up for lost time.
No Season for Old Men
As the king crab season comes to an end, a deck accident slows down the Northwestern. A power outage comes at an inopportune time for the Cornelia Marie, and the North American makes a desperate play. The Wizard and the Time Bandit race for the String of the Week prize.
Opilio crab season begins, and a dual storm system challenges a patched Cornelia Marie and almost costs the Time Bandit two men. A medical emergency brings in the U.S. Coast Guard, but freezing spray puts everyone's lives at risk.
A routine Coast Guard rescue becomes a battle against nature. The Cornelia Marie heads to land for repairs while fatigue causes mistakes on the Northwestern. A greenhorn on the Wizard locks horns with the captain, and the Time Bandit heads for better grounds.
Big Weather, Big Trouble
The Time Bandit's captain Johnathan joins the deck crew and promptly has an accident while showing off his skills. The Northwestern crew is irritating their captain, a deckhand on the Wizard barely escapes a huge wave, and a greenhorn on the North American is hazed.
Massive storm waves tear up the decks of the Early Dawn, the North American and the Northwestern. On the Cornelia Marie, Captain Phil Harris injures his ribs and begins coughing up blood, but he refuses to head in to port for medical attention until his crew refuses to work.
The Cornelia Marie's captain Phil heads for the hospital, so Murray struggles to take over the helm. The Northwestern strains its crane to the breaking point and destabilizes the ship. The Wizard springs a serious leak, and a greenhorn gets fired.
While the Northwestern fights the ice pack, the Wizard sets off from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, with tempers flaring and a new greenhorn. Captain Phil's future on the Cornelia Marie is in question, so the crew struggles on without their captain. The Time Bandit has a near-fatal mistake and then has to make a tough choice.
Catch as Catch Can
The Arctic ice pack descends as the fleet makes its final push. The Northwestern and the Wizard battle freezing spray. The Cornelia Marie's crew suffers from "Bering Sea dementia" while the Time Bandit's crew is at its breaking point.
The Final Hour
The captains race to catch the last of their remaining quotas while battling ice and equipment issues. The Time Bandit's Scottie makes a near fatal mistake while working the hydraulic system, and an ominous message comes across the radio as the men head for home ports.
Everything on the Line
The king crab fleet faces huge stakes before the boats even cast off. Captains Keith Colburn and Phil Harris could be sidelined by life-threatening illnesses, and all the captains are under huge financial pressure from costly summer boat repairs.
Red Skies in the Morning
The fleet is hunting down the elusive king crab when a vicious storm kicks up, and a mayday goes out. The Coast Guard launches rescue helicopters, and the captains stay glued to their radios, anxiously awaiting news of their brother fishermen.
Stay Focused or Die
The fleet is still dialing into the crab after a typhoon claimed another boat. As soon as the weather clears, the captains of the Time Bandit, Cornelia Marie, Wizard and Northwestern send their crews right back to fishing. Hauling and setting pots is treacherous work, and if the crews don't stay focused on their work, they could die.
Put Up or Shut Up
In week four of king crab season, seven souls have perished, but the fishermen soldier on. Grueling hours and vicious hazing test the greenhorns, and some start to crack. The smallest boat in the fleet, the Lisa Marie, arrives on the scene with a young crew and something to prove.
Long Haul, Short Fuses
Crab pots are coming up empty, and the skippers are out of ideas. Low bait and long grinds wear down the crews, and tempers flare. On the Cornelia Marie, the Harris brothers have a war of words, and a wildly swinging pot could do fatal damage on the Time Bandit.
An upcoming drop in the price of king crab has the skippers rushing to finish their season, but crew battles and a fierce Arctic storm block the way. The Cornelia Marie's relief captain Murray Gamrath proves that not everyone is cut out to find the crab, and on the tiny Lisa Marie, poor crab and bullying drive a deckhand to the brink.
Down to the Wire
The king crab season is down to the wire, and the captains are desperate to top off their quotas. It's looking bleak in fished-out grounds. Some boats dig deep for an end-of-season sprint, and other boats just scrape by.
It's the start of opilio crab season, and anything the Bering Sea held back during king crab season is now being paid out in spades. The skippers have their eyes on the oncoming ice pack, but it's a lethal, 40-foot rogue wave that's on the hunt. Captain Phil Harris reunites with the Cornelia Marie, and the Time Bandit crew targets the Northwestern's greenhorn for some sweet revenge.
No Second Chances
The fleet arrives on the opilio grounds and struggles with ice, big seas and bad information to hunt down the crab. A skipper regrets sending his men out in savage weather to save the boat, but there are no second chances on the Bering Sea.
Sea of Misery
In the third week of opilio crab season, long hours and miserable conditions have the crews turning on each other. The Wizard reels from a monster wave that banged up the crew, and an old deckhand is ready to exit the Time Bandit.
After weeks battling freezing spray, 40-foot waves and subzero temperatures, the skippers have begun plugging their boats with opilio crab. As they race to the harbor in St. Paul, Alaska, for offload, the 250,000-square-mile Arctic ice pack stands in their way.
A Slap in the Face or a Kick in the Butt
Halfway through the season, each skipper faces his own personal torture with frozen crab, frozen gear and a frozen harbor. On the Northwestern, Sig Hansen battles a fierce cigarette addiction and a fierce storm. The Time Bandit's Captain Andy Hillstrand enters St. Paul harbor, which is frozen enough to walk across.
Ends of the Earth
The fleet gets word of great fishing by the ice pack, and captains Keith Colburn and Phil Harris fight over fishing turf. Sick of hauling mangled, barnacle-ridden crab down south, Captain Harry Lewis of the Incentive faces his fears and climbs north to frozen waters. Sig Hansen pushes himself and the Northwestern crew to the edge with a sleepless, 38-hour grind.
Weeks into opilio crab season, the fleet is tired and desperate for home, and deadly mistakes are made. The crews learn that when an ocean lies between a fisherman and his family, tragedy at home spells gut-wrenching heartbreak at sea.
Day of Reckoning
The opilio season is almost over, but an Arctic storm front has the skippers on edge. The boats race to plug their tanks with crab and get back to port unscathed. Sig Hansen drives the Northwestern crew to finish through subzero temperatures, and the Wizard takes chances with the fury of the Bering Sea.
In the final 24 hours of the opilio crab season, a savage Arctic storm causes multiple vessels to send out maydays. The Coast Guard attempts to save four men before their boat is pounded into splinters against jagged rocks. The weather tests the captains of the Wizard, the Northwestern and the Cornelia Marie.
The king crab season begins with tensions at an all-time high. One deckhand threatens to quit while another sets his sights on the wheelhouse. The Kodiak enters the fray with a captain trying to get his bearings after a five-year respite. When the captains gather for their annual meeting, a line is crossed.
Breaking 'Em In
A storm looms as the fleet hauls their first king crab. A greenhorn on the Wizard cramps up after just a few pots, and deckhands Jake Harris and Jake Anderson are tested on unfamiliar boats. But it's veteran deckhands on the Northwestern and the Kodiak that try the captains' patience.
Captains Phil Harris and Sig Hansen's experiment in trading junior deckhands comes to an end. Jake Anderson considers a permanent change, but Jake Harris can't wait to get back to the Cornelia Marie. On the Wizard, a veteran skipper rages out when his authority is tested by his brother and his crew.
Bering Sea Swim Club
Captains Sig Hansen and Phil Harris reclaim their junior deckhands with a high seas transfer, but when the young crew members submerge themselves in the bitter, treacherous tides, the plan quickly spins out of control. Keith Colburn tries to settle a feud, and the Time Bandit crew fights to keep the boat from sinking.
A monster storm stands between the Time Bandit and their final offload for king crab season. On the Northwestern, a maniacal skipper heads into Arctic seas to hunt down the planet's most elusive crab: blue king. Cornelia Marie captain Phil Harris gives his son, Jake, an ultimatum.
A white knuckle, boat-crippling passage stands between the Time Bandit and their final offload. The Cornelia Marie loses power, and a broken circulation pump puts the entire season's worth of king crab in jeopardy.
When Hell Freezes Over
After the Cornelia Marie runs into a reef, Captain Phil Harris faces another massive repair and anxiety about a delayed season. On the winter crab grounds, the skippers run into a huge ice storm, and they're forced to dump icy pots far from their honey holes or risk capsizing.
We're Not in Kansas Anymore ...
Days spent bashing ice off the boats have the crews in pain. On the Northwestern, the exhausted crew struggles to keep up with Captain Sig Hansen's maniacal pace, and one deckhand pays the price in blood. Long shifts in the wheelhouse of the Cornelia Marie have skipper Phil Harris' back in excruciating pain.
The Cornelia Marie gambles on the Bering Sea's most difficult fishing grounds. An ice storm puts the Time Bandit in emergency mode with a starboard list due to ice-laden pots. Meanwhile, a boat calls the Coast Guard for a man suffering from a heart attack.
The Darkened Seas
A Coast Guard helicopter attempts a rescue in dangerous seas. The deck of the Time Bandit becomes a deadly gauntlet of falling ice chunks, and on the Cornelia Marie, the skipper's son reveals a dark secret.
Blown Off Course
Johnathan Hillstrand leaves the Time Bandit for warmer waters. On the Cornelia Marie, Captain Phil Harris pays a heavy price for his hard-living ways, and a phone call home brings heartache to the Northwestern's Jake Anderson as he learns disturbing details about his father's disappearance.
A critically ill Captain Phil Harris is flown to a hospital in Anchorage, leaving his son, Josh, behind on the Cornelia Marie. On the Time Bandit, Captain Andy Hillstrand trains a young deckhand to be a relief skipper as a jealous crew looks on. The Kodiak's captain grants his crew a night at the bars in town while offloading.
Cain and Abel
As the fleet struggles through their mid-season grinds, Phil Harris battles for his life in the hospital. The Wizard is stuck in a maze of ice, and Andy Hillstrand's chosen heir on the Time Bandit is faltering. Sig Hansen's endless false promises on the Northwestern have his little brother Edgar on the brink of quitting.
The Time Bandit deck disintegrates as two deckhands fight for the captain's chair. Desperate to leave the deck of the Northwestern, Edgar Hansen trains his greenest deckhand on the hydros. As the fleet faces epic weather, Phil Harris battles for his life.
Captain Phil Harris loses his battle, and the skippers are unaware of his passing as they battle a huge storm and concentrate on filling their tanks before the end of the season. Phil's son, Josh, breaks the news to the fleet, and their emotional reactions are unforgettable.
Tensions are high on the Northwestern, where Edgar Hansen is fed up and confronts his older brother, Sig. Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand wonder if they'll ever be able to retire from the Time Bandit. Josh Harris returns to the Cornelia Marie after his father's death, and the opilio season ends with a harrowing mayday.
King crab season begins with an infusion of fresh blood into the fleet. Challenging the veteran skippers are two youngsters: Scott Campbell Jr., who helms the Seabrooke and first-time captain Elliot Neese on the Ramblin' Rose. Following the death of their father, brothers Josh and Jake Harris are tested by the Cornelia Marie's new skipper.
Across the Bering Sea crab fleet, bad fishing causes high tensions and low morale. Hoping to resurrect the storied fishing success of the Cornelia Marie, the Harris brothers and new skipper Derrick Ray pull their first strings of the season. The Seabrooke and the Ramblin' Rose experience polar opposites of fishing fortune on the grounds: One hits it big while the other misses completely.
Old Age and Treachery
Jake Harris gets a sink-or-swim lesson on driving the Cornelia Marie, and danger strikes the Wizard when a crew member gets caught in the line. On the Seabrooke, Captain Scott "Jr." Campbell defies the fishing odds by pulling up full pots, and the Ramblin' Rose's Elliott Neese realizes that his crab bounty could die in the tanks unless he makes a difficult choice.
A serious injury forces a crew member to his bunk after the crane breaks on the Kodiak, and the Seabrooke's greenhorn has a mental breakdown. The crew of the Cornelia Marie must put aside their differences to seek cover from a massive Bering Sea storm.
A Wing and a Prayer
Two crew members nearly come to blows on the Northwestern. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand on the Time Bandit takes a massive gamble on barren grounds to find crab, and the greenhorn aboard the Seabrooke goes into a tailspin, leaving skipper Scott "Jr." Campbell in a bind.
In the midst of a rough King Crab season, a mutiny transpires on the Cornelia Marie while mental and physical breakdowns plague the crew of the Kodiak. A rogue wave threatens the Time Bandit and a Wizard deckhand summons the wrath of captain Keith.
Thick as Thieves
The police are called in after a confrontation on the Cornelia Marie while a debilitating injury to a Kodiak deckhand ends his career for good. An injury onboard the Ramblin' Rose causes the rookie skipper to have a change of heart.
The king crab season closes with a fierce Arctic storm, a spectacular prank on the Northwestern by the crew of the Time Bandit and the departure of one of the fleet's most revered fishermen.
Opilio season brings massive change to every returning boat. Edgar Hansen finally says goodbye to the Northwestern, a new captain boards the Cornelia Marie, and the entire fleet is shut down by one of the largest Arctic storms in history.
As the fleet battles an epic Arctic hurricane, ice and injuries have the captains considering desperate measures. On the Wizard, a bloodied deckhand has Keith Colburn moving from skipper to doctor. Freezing spray spooks the Seabrooke into an emergency pot drop on the edge of nowhere, and Jake Anderson hits a few hurdles in his campaign to replace Edgar Hansen on the Northwestern.
Birds, Bones and Blood
As another winter storm rips through the crab grounds, the Ramblin' Rose makes an all-or-nothing gamble, the Time Bandit courts danger at the dock, and a crewman on the Northwestern suffers a bloody, nose-breaking blow.
It's Not All Mai Tais and Yahtzee
A loose pot turns into a half-ton wrecking ball on the Kodiak while a crewman on the Seabrooke is nearly crushed by ice. On the Cornelia Marie, the new skipper courts mutiny with a move to untested fishing grounds.
A captain and a deckhand clash over a crippling lack of bait on the Cornelia Marie, and Ramblin' Rose skipper Elliott Neese attempts to fix a possible season-ending breakdown. The Time Bandit's soft-spoken greenhorn goes to the Hillstrands' "Pirate School."
The treacherous waters off St. Paul Island make offloading crab a terrifying necessity for several boats. A harbor surge snaps lines on the Wizard, and Jake Anderson is rewarded with the task of steering the Northwestern safely to dock. Another greenhorn walks off the Seabrooke in a cloud of shame.
I Smell a Nightmare
As opilio season winds down, two exhausted crewmen on the Time Bandit nearly come to blows. The skippers of the Seabrooke and the Cornelia Marie suffer debilitating injuries, and the captain of the Wizard erupts and physically assaults an unlikely victim.
Mohawks and Madness, Goodness and Gladness
The Bering Sea fleet finishes the season with big pots and big paydays. The Seabrooke captain fights an agonizing illness, and the Northwestern takes revenge on the Time Bandit for a humiliating prank. The Cornelia Marie comes home from what could be its final season of fishing.
A slashed crab quota has captains reeling before the boats hit the water. With the fleet set to fight over half the catch, each skipper is forced to decide between rolling the dice on the depleted red crab grounds or risking it all to hunt for the elusive blue crab.
With the fleet split, a tale of two fisheries emerges. On the blue crab grounds, a captains' bet has the boats jockeying for position while a returning veteran quickly proves his worth on the red crab grounds.
As the fleet grinds through injuries and mental mistakes, the Bering Sea exposes soft spots and weak links in each crew.
Halfway through the king crab gauntlet, the beaten-down crews must dig deep to get over the midseason hump. As the crab counts dwindle, the skippers challenge their young deckhands to either step up or step off.
Past the halfway point of the king crab season, man and machine alike show signs of wear under the brutal hand of the Bering Sea. While repairs can be made to the equipment, the fishermen must dig deep to soldier on.
As king crab season nears the finish line, the crew of The Wizard faces a life-or-death situation as a deckhand collapses and struggles to hold on. Catching crab suddenly becomes secondary to a fight for survival on the harsh Bering Sea.
I Don't Wanna Die
In a scramble to help their collapsed greenhorn, the Wizard crew calls in a Coast Guard helicopter. For the rest of the fleet, it's a race to haul crab before a hurricane hits and the last boat fishing waits too long to leave the grounds.
In the aftermath of an arctic hurricane, the fleet struggles to reach the finish line of a brutal king crab season. Poor fishing and quarreling crews make this final push a painful one for every man on the Bering Sea.
Nowhere to Go But Down
It's winter in Dutch Harbor, and the fleet is preparing to hunt opilio crab. The season looks promising with the quota up and the prices high, but tensions begin to rise before the lines are even thrown. One deckhand quits, two brothers fight, and one goes overboard.
Rise and Fall
With unrelenting northerly winds bearing down on the fleet, every skipper steels himself for battle with the descending polar ice pack. And as temperatures drop on the grounds, tempers on deck flare up.
Across the fleet, captains battle the descending polar ice pack to save their pots, and it's a losing war. The Northwestern and Wizard struggle to escape St. Paul harbor while the rest of the fleet scrambles to keep their opilio season alive.
The polar ice pack invades the opilio crab grounds, forcing the captains to make a decision: grab their gear and run, or keep fishing and fight the floes. Two deckhands fall victim to an ice assault, and a captain's troubles are compounded by a call home.
The ice pack has a choke hold on the Bering Sea opilio grounds. Nearly iced up, captains across the fleet must make the call to stay or go. Some run from the ice and others stay to battle the elements for the hope of a record-breaking payday.
Attempting to return after one of the worst ice events in history, one boat suffers total blackout, Elliott gets a rude awakening, and a greenhorn learns a deadly lesson.
Release the Beast
Two brothers find themselves in the same dire situation that sank their father's boat. After a midseason hiatus, the fleet returns to the Bering Sea, but the ice is back and worse than before. Now the skippers could get pushed past their breaking points.
The Bitter, Bloody End
In the final stretch of a merciless opilio season, the fleet gives it everything they've got, and the Bering Sea just takes more. As the season ends, the veterans of the fleet see hope in a new group of young leaders, but not everyone will make it back home.
Mutiny on the Bering Sea
After a devastating 2011 opilio season, every ship in the fleet -- including two new boats -- is looking to make a comeback in 2012 for king crab season.
Dagger in the Back
It's cloak and dagger time on the Bering Sea as Keith and Junior form a covert alliance. The Northwestern crew knocks out their rocky string but then faces a surprise challenge. Finally, Elliott finally debuts his new boat on the dangerous blue crab grounds.
Blood in the Morning
On the blue crab grounds, brutal competition leads to more deceit among the captains. Serious injuries plague the fleet, and Junior's betrayal of his alliance with Keith comes back to haunt him with potentially lethal consequences.
The Crooke and the Tangler
On the crowded blue crab grounds, a high seas showdown between the Saga and Seabrooke takes an unlikely turn. On the Northwestern, Captain Sig must make a tough decision about his brother's future, and the Time Bandit has a close call in False Pass.
Change is in the air on the Bering Sea just five weeks into king crab season. Big moves are made on some boats while it's the same old story on others. Still, the hunt for the elusive blue crab is on everyone's radar.
Fist to the Face
On the Northwestern, Jake's dark secret sets off a fistfight that throws Edgar's new captaincy into jeopardy. Tempers flare on the Saga and Seabrooke when Elliott grows wise to Junior's devious ways.
Life-changing decisions are in the air as king crab season comes to and end and the captains of the fleet pull their last pots. Jake Anderson struggles with his decision to leave the Northwestern, and Josh Harris plots to buy his father's old boat.
Kicking Off With a Bang
Skippers and crews lace up for opilio snow crab season, their biggest moneymaker, and come to terms with all they leave behind. An accident on the Time Bandit has them racing for shore, and Jake Anderson gets a not-so-warm-welcome on his new boat.
The Storm of the Season
A Category 4 storm has landed on the fleet two weeks into opilio snow crab season. As the first pots come aboard, some captains are dialed into the crab and others are not -- but they're all struggling to stay afloat.
Sleeping With the Enemy
Survival is the name of the game as the fleet battles its way through a ferocious Arctic storm. Junior takes a huge risk in order to get back in the game, two greenhorns struggle to fit in with their crews, and Elliott's problems on land continue.
We're Not Gonna Take It
The fleet's weathered the storm, but the crab are still not biting. Desperate to make their offload dates, captains mercilessly grind their crews. But some deckhands, tired of being bullied when they're not making any cash, aren't gonna take it.
The crews and battered boats are feeling the brunt of one of the most difficult opilio crab seasons on record. While some crew members battle potentially catastrophic breakdowns to stay out on the grounds and keep fishing, others call it quits.
So You Wanna Be a Boat Owner
It's just midway through the winter crab season, and the Bering Sea is already taking its toll on the boats and the men. The northernmost boats are in a race to save their gear as the polar pack ice descends onto the fishing grounds.
Ship of Iron, Men of Steel
With only three weeks left in the opilio crab season, the fleet prepares to make the final push to wrap it up. Nothing comes easy though, as the captains battle weather, equipment and their own men in their sprint to the finish.
After enduring months of mechanical breakdowns, sleepless grinds and infighting, the fleet is starting to crack. When deckhands on the Wizard are unable to lasso a floating walrus carcass, Freddy Maugatai takes matters into his own hands.
The Final Battle
The younger generation is put to the test as the fleet races to finish a grueling opilio crab season. As defiance on the Wizard turns brother against brother, an accident brings one crabber's career to a gruesome end.
Careful What You Wish For
A government shutdown shortens the season and starts a chain reaction that forces the fleet to fish harder and faster to make the market deadline. One boat goes up in flames, and many are left to wonder if this is really the life they wished for.
After a government shutdown and now a massive arctic storm, the fleet is already behind two weeks into the king crab season. On the Cape Caution, Captain Bill Wichrowski nearly loses his new greenhorn.
After a storm shuts down the fleet, an even bigger one spreads across the Bering Sea. The captains do their best to stay the course, but the never-ending grind, greenhorn problems and mechanical malfunctions conspire to shake their resolve.
Against the Law
As the fleet hurtles towards the king crab finish line, the captains grow desperate. On the Seabrooke, Junior pits his failing back against the worst storm of the season, and the Wizard’s fishing strategy lands them on the wrong side of the law.
On The Rocks
As crews prepare to head to the bairdi crab grounds, a mayday call from a sinking ship prompts a dramatic rescue. On the Cape Caution, Bill's greenhorn looks for a way out, while Edgar on the Northwestern takes a big risk his first time as captain.
With one captain in the hospital and another on a bender, fishing has come to a halt on two boats. Out at sea an alleged felon is trapped, a boat goes dark and on the Time Bandit, Johnathan Hillstrand just wants to be young again.
Lost at Sea
One captain faces what might spell the end of a storied career and another struggles to check into rehab. Meanwhile, the United States Coast Guard loses one of its own while performing a rescue of five survivors stranded on a fishing vessel.
Cornelia Marie Blue
Opilio crab season kicks off with the return of the Cornelia Marie. After a three-year struggle, Josh Harris bought the boat that helped make his old man a legend. Eighteen-year-old Mandy Hansen arrives to convince her father to take her fishing.
Skipper Harris in Training
Blood is spilled on the Cape Caution when a brutal storm rips across the Bering Sea. Rookie boat owner, Josh Harris, swallows his pride. Captain Sig fights to keep the Northwestern from going up in flames and Captain Keith battles boat-sinking ice.
A major hydraulic leak on the Time Bandit primes the engine room to explode. And after four generations of Hansen fishermen, the next in line is a woman. Sig welcomes their newest greenhorn, his daughter, aboard at Dutch Harbor.
While the rest of the fleet have their doubts about a woman's place on a crab boat, the Northwestern crew must train their new recruit, Sig's 18-year-old daughter, Mandy Hansen.
As the wintery opilio crab season roars on, Sig puts Mandy at the helm in boat-crushing seas. Josh Harris struggles quash a rebellion. Elliott's new girlfriend arrives, much to his crew's chagrin. Zack Larson feels Wild Bill's wrath.
Greatest Game Ever Fished
It's Super Bowl Sunday on the Bering Sea and the fleet faces off for opilio. The Cornelia Marie battles rocks and breakers at port, “Wild” Bill takes his deck boss to task when his partying gets out of hand, and a rift pulls the Hillstrands apart.
One of the final episodes of a season nominated for four Emmy awards, Sig orders a classic Northwestern grind and Mandy learns what it's really like to be a greenhorn. With major repairs on the Time Bandit, Captain Andy must make a decision.
With the end in sight, crews work to keep it together. A saboteur seeks an end for the Cape Caution. On the Cornelia Marie Josh Harris and Casey McManus fight to control the crew. On the Time Bandit a long lost Hillstrand returns.
My Name Is the Lord
The finale to the season nominated for four Emmy awards: An arctic hurricane strikes; the Cornelia Marie faces sinking; blood is shed on the Time Bandit; the Northwestern needs repair in 30-foot seas and the Wizard has a near perfect run.
A Brotherhood Tested
The Emmy Award-winning series is back! King crab season kicks off with a 12-million-pound bairdi crab quota increase that causes a derby-style fishing frenzy, a boat is stolen the night before launch, and the unlikeliest of alliances is born.
The cutthroat race for king crab is in full swing, and with an extra 15 million dollars up for grabs this year, the stakes and competition have never been higher. Captain Sig’s relentless grind of his crew earns him the lead, but at a big price.
A mutinous Wizard crew meets their match in Captain Keith Colburn. Massive waves test the skills of rookie captain Josh Harris but handling a fire on the Cornelia Marie may be far above his pay grade. Meanwhile, Captain Sig Hansen is saddled with an unexpected 200,000 pounds of crab to catch, when his little brother jumps ship.
Super Typhoon Part 1
A super-typhoon roars across the sea as the captains prepare for the impending hit. Wild Bill plans on fleeing the scene but pots in the water lead him to make a risky decision. On the Wizard, Captain Keith is determined to weather the storm but an injured crew member forces him to find a creative solution that involves Elliott Neese and the Saga.
Super Typhoon Part 2
Super Typhoon Nuri hits with a vengeance as the vessels fight for survival. Captain Sig Hansen is left helpless when the Northwestern loses the ability to steer in 30-foot waves while on the Cornelia Marie, novice captain Josh Harris feels the weight of his inexperience as the storm intensifies. The Saga gets a temporary skipper when troubled Elliott Neese abdicates his captain's chair after old demons resurface.
Elliott's personal issues threaten to destroy his career on the Saga, while expectant father and Northwestern deckhand Jake Anderson advances his own future by taking on more responsibility. On the Wizard, Keith lays down the law when disloyal rookies complain about an injured deckhand making more money.
Heavy Lies The Crown
On the Northwestern, Sig Hansen dishes out tough love to aspirant boat captain Jake Anderson while the Cornelia Marie's Josh Harris teams up with his deckhands to prank the fleet. Meanwhile, Time Bandit captain Johnathan Hillstrand worries about the possibility of losing thousands of crabs due to delays at the cannery.
The captains scramble to collect their pots as the season's end draws near. Sig allows Jake to take another stab at manning the vessel while Casey pressures Josh to keep up his furious pace in order to score as much crab as possible before returning to port. Meanwhile, Monte Colburn feels his brother's absence on the Wizard as he struggles to fill his quota and gain the respect of his crew.
Captain Johnathan Hillstrand decides to take the Time Bandit out on Christmas Day but life on the boat is far from merry due to the erratic behavior of a veteran deckhand. Meanwhile, Jake Anderson anxiously awaits his baby's arrival but a call from the troubled Captain Elliott Neese may take him away from his new family.
Tensions explode on the Time Bandit when a rebellious deckhand antagonizes the crew. On land, Jake's baby arrives just as he's about to leave his new family for the tantalizing opportunity to skipper a boat. Meanwhile, an engineer is in hot water on the Cape Caution after an explosion takes out the hydraulics.
New Captain on the Block
Jake Anderson fights internal doubts that he can skipper a boat after visiting his old boss Sig Hansen. On the Wizard, a female greenhorn tries to prove herself among an all-male crew while Wild Bill seeks revenge for a past prank.
5-Year Storm Part 1
A huge storm barrels down on the fleet in the middle of opilio season threatening the lives and livelihoods of everyone on board. The Cape Caution is pummeled by a rogue wave that damages the deck gear, while the Saga barely escapes being capsized by a 40-foot swell. On the Wizard, Keith contends with a large hole gushing water into the bowels of the boat.
5-Year Storm Part 2
The brutal arctic storm continues to devastate the fleet, but two captains risk it all and navigate straight into the squall. Captains Andy Hillstrand and Sig Hansen make the risky decision to continue crabbing on the Bering Sea instead of retreating to the safety of Dutch Harbor as per the rest of the boats. Back in Dutch, Josh Harris deals with his disgruntled crew and Jake Anderson feels the heat as a first-time captain.
Bite the Hand
The exhausted crews make up for precious lost time as the brutal storm persists. Wild Bill dozes off at the wheel while a rogue wave damages the deck equipment for a second time this season. On the Wizard, Greenhorn Amy Majors struggles as the only female deckhand and the rest of the crew is running out of patience. After pulling up a series of empty pots, Jake Anderson turns to his old boss Sig for help getting on the crab.
New Blood, Old Wounds
The crews show signs of burnout with sick and injured deckhands slowing the pace in the final days of opilio season. Wild Bill tries to determine if an ailing greenhorn needs to be medevaced off the Cape Caution or if he should fight through the pain and continue fishing. Jake Anderson is given a shot at redemption after ignoring Sig's advice once, but when he does it again he risks losing his mentor.
Captain Keith Colburn hopes to get his crew back to Dutch Harbor in time to see the Seahawks play in the Super Bowl, but an injured deckhand may thwart his plan. Tensions rise on the Cape Caution when the crew makes a rookie mistake that could lead to disaster, while it's smooth sailing on the Time Bandit as they enjoy an epic fishing streak.
I'm the Captain
The ice has arrived and the fleet races to reach their opilio quota before they are forced off the sea. Sig takes a calculated risk to offload his crab before heading back out to gather his remaining pots. Over on the Saga, Jake is on the crab but his crew doubts his leadership abilities after he delivers bad news.
We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight
The ice is now in sight as the fleet prepares to head back to Dutch Harbor. The Saga's Jake Anderson is on the crab but a strange banging sound coming from the bowels of the boat could spell disaster for all aboard. Meanwhile, Wild Bill is frustrated with his young greenhorn's overly sensitive demeanor and he's worried that the rookie will quit before bairdi season. On the Cornelia Marie, Josh Harris takes a big gamble in order to fill the quota and get back into Dutch for his deckhand's wedding.
Crab fishing season begins and an eager new captain joins the fleet to fish bairdi for Sig. Meanwhile, Captain Keith Colburn arrives in Dutch Harbor reeling from problems in his personal life and Jonathan Hillstrand panics when he drops a pot before the legal start of the season.
Captain Sean Dwyer prepares the Brenna A. and his crew for the upcoming bairdi crab season he's handling for Sig Hansen. Meanwhile, Jake Anderson has second thoughts about hiring on a good friend with a bad attitude and Wild Bill is experiencing a similar problem with a new crew member aboard the Cape Caution.
Legend Of The Wizard
Captain Keith Colburn takes his first steps into the salmon industry to secure the Wizard’s future but heart issues and personal doubts may stand in his way. Interviews with friends and family members reveal the captain's tumultuous and sometimes heartbreaking journey to the top of the fishing game.
No Good Deed...
Josh Harris forgets vital gear on land and asks Wild Bill to bail him out of a jam while Sean Dwyer anxiously awaits the crab count from his first string of pots. On the time Bandit, Johnathan Hillstrand is struggling to get on the crab until Keith Colburn gives him a useful tip.
Captain Sean Dwyer experiences his first spate of harsh weather as he struggles to fill Sig's quota of bairdi. On the Cape Caution, Wild Bill deals with empty pots and exhausted greenhorns whose fatigue could end up sinking the boat. Meanwhile, the Cornelia Marie captains worry they'll be fired when Casey gets sick and they fail to find crab.
Jake maneuvers the Saga through a risky strait which could jeopardize a million dollars worth of crab. Meanwhile, Josh and Casey perform rudimentary surgery on a deckhand and Captain Edgar breaks in his newest greenhorn who also happens to be his son.
100% Injury Rate
A hurricane-force storm looms but the fleet continues to fish and several crew members are injured as a result. On the Northwestern, Edgar's son struggles to keep up with the frenetic pace required of a deckhand and Wild Bill berates his own son Zack after he mishandles an opportunity to take on more responsibility.
A war erupts aboard the Northwestern when deckhands lose faith in their captain. Meanwhile, Jake Anderson has his own problems with drunk crew members who are no-shows during a critical boat maneuver. On the Brenna A, Sean is relieved that his greenhorn buddy Per is not seriously injured but the crew still harbors resentment toward him.
Winter is Coming
A monstrous arctic storm threatens to prevent the fleet from filling their crab quotas as the season draws to a close. Captain Sean Dwyer wrestles with the decision to keep fishing and risk disaster or return to Dutch a failure. Meanwhile, a power outage on the Cornelia Marie may signal a premature end to Josh Harris's remaining fishing days.
Into the Gale
Opilio season is here, bringing the captains together to celebrate New Year's Eve. However, their good cheer is short-lived when news spreads of a mammoth winter storm looming at sea. Captain Jake Anderson is thrilled to have a veteran deckhand aboard the Saga but the man becomes problematic from the start. Meanwhile, the Northwestern takes a brutal hit from a rogue wave that damages the boat's bow and rattles Captain Sig.
Jake's deckhand puts the crew of the Saga at risk when he falls asleep during night watch. Meanwhile, Josh Harris suspects his deckhands are not counting the crab so he devises an unorthodox plan to fix the situation. On the Time Bandit, John Hillstrand has his biggest scare in years after a monster wave hits and he can't find one of his guys.
Captains Keith Colburn and Johnathan Hillstrand put their heads together to find the best crab hot spots. Wild Bill hopes son Zack will take the initiative and train his replacement on deck so he can get some time in the wheelhouse. On the Saga, Jake is still having trouble with his rogue deckhand but he needs the full cooperation of the crew to make his first offload date.
Settling the Score
Winter weather thrashes the fleet as the captains race to catch up after a brutal crab season. Sig hopes to fill his quota by fishing in deeper waters but the crew pays the price. Captain Keith Colburn berates his Wizard greenhorns after they forget to put bait in the pots and Sean Dwyer channels his late father when laying down the law to a rebellious deckhand.
Fire at Sea: Part 1
Sig welcomes daughter Mandy back to the Northwestern as a relief captain but disaster strikes when a fire breaks out hundreds of miles from land. On the Cornelia Marie, Josh takes the helm for the first time as he begins to fish for opilio and Sean Dwyer wrestles with how to discipline a deckhand who makes a critical mistake.
Fire at Sea: Part 2
Captain Sig fights to save his crew when fire breaks out in the Northwestern's engine room. On the Saga, Jake Anderson's crew is in imminent danger due to a hydraulic system failure and Wild Bill's son Zack is in the hot seat as he tries to impress his father while at the helm. Meanwhile, Keith continues to struggle making quota and his incompetent deckhands are not helping the situation.
Blood and Guts
Captain Johnathan Hillstrand gets a scare when his nephew is injured by a crab pot. On the Wizard, Monte Colburn feels the pressure after taking over for brother Keith who was unable to find crab while Sig Hansen takes the Northwestern back to port following a frightening engine room fire.
Life or Death Decision
Zack Larson acts quickly when a rogue wave could spell death for a fellow deckhand. On the Cornelia Marie, Josh may have stumbled upon a strange anomaly that would fill his boat with crab in no time and Sig's daughter Mandy gets a navigation lesson in the Northwestern wheelhouse.
The Widowmaker: Part 1
Captain Sig suffers a health scare that may end his season and possibly his career. On the Cape Caution, Wild Bill struggles to fix a water leak while over 200 miles from land and Jake Anderson hires on a good luck charm to help him finish out the Saga's season.
The Widowmaker: Part 2
Captain Sig Hansen is medevaced to Anchorage after suffering a massive heart attack. On the Cape Caution, Wild Bill's growing frustration with son Zack's lack of ambition comes to a head when a dark secret is revealed. Meanwhile, Sean Dwyer realizes that several boats have followed the Brenna A. to the new fishing grounds which could mean he won't meet his quota.
Sig Hansen Legacy
Sig Hansen discusses how a heart attack has changed his outlook on life and fishing. Interviews with friends and family reveal the inner workings of the man behind one of the most successful crab boats in Alaskan history.
Captain Sig is back in the wheelhouse after suffering a massive heart attack, while Keith Colburn returns to the Wizard healthier than he's been in years. However, bad news ripples through the fleet as record high water temperatures are driving the crab to colder and deeper grounds. Wild Bill christens his newly purchased boat and Sean scrambles to increase his quota or risk losing the Brenna A.
The first storm of the season hits the fleet and the Time Bandit gets the worst of it after the vessel gets a late start out of port. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand contemplates retirement, while heart attack survivor Sig Hansen doubles down with a 40-hour shift.
Down in Flames
Well into the beginning of the fall crab season, rising sea temperatures aren’t the only thing to test the fleet. Toxic smoke engulfs the Saga, Sean struggles to save the family business on the Brenna A. and Wild Bill fears he could lose deckboss Nick McGlashan to a terminal illness.
Wild Bill is rocked to the core when he discovers the real cause of his best deckhand's illness. Captain Keith Colburn is hit with gale force winds on his way out of port and Jake Anderson suffers another blow when his rear tank is compromised by loose boards. Meanwhile, Sean Dwyer welcomes a surprise newcomer to the Brenna A.
The brothers Hillstrand fish together for the last time but it's not the easy trip they had planned. On the Saga, Jake is at his limit with a disrespectful deckhand while Keith Colburn's crew loses focus which could spell danger for all aboard the Wizard.
Hail Mary, Full Of Crab
Captain Sig Hansen is shocked when a deckhand asks for his blessing to marry daughter Mandy. Jake deals with a feuding crew, a snapped anchor and gusting winds as he maneuvers through the shallow Akutan waters. Meanwhile, as the Time Bandit takes on water from a leak John Hillstrand races to keep the vessel from sinking to the bottom of the Bering Sea.
Poisoned at Sea
The crab season nears its end as the captains race to hit their quotas and cash in while they still can. Jake Anderson's career hinges on how quickly he can replace the Saga's broken anchor while Sig wrestles with a big decision that could forever impact his daughter's life. On the Brenna A., Sean welcomes a new crew he hopes will assist him to complete his first cod fishing season in the black.
Captain Sig hopes for medical clearance to fish where he suffered his massive heart attack the prior year. Wild Bill realizes that he has more to learn about his new boat when he struggles to maneuver it in rough seas. Meanwhile, Sean Dwyer races to finish up his 72-hour cod fishing trip with one final string and Jake Anderson is stunned to learn that his unborn baby may have abnormality.
The Russian Line
The fleet is stunned to learn that the winter opilio crab quota is drastically reduced from prior years. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand breaks from the pack and heads toward the Russian border where he hopes to find a bounty of crab. Meanwhile, Keith Colburn welcomes his greenhorn son onto the boat and Sean plans a round-the-clock fishing day in order to catch his quota.
Back to the Killing Season
Sig makes a triumphant return to opilio fishing after suffering a massive heart attack last season. On the Wizard, Keith's greenhorn son Caelan feels the pressure to live up to the Colburn name, and Jake Anderson introduces a new deckhand to the Saga crew. Meanwhile, Wild Bill gives deck boss Nick McGlashan a second chance after his struggle with addiction cost him his job.
A hurricane slams into the fleet at the start of opilio season but poor fishing may be a bigger problem for the captains. Wild Bill tests out some cutting-edge technology to help locate crab and Jake's inexperience hinders him from taming his unruly crew. Meanwhile, Time Bandit captain Johnathan Hillstrand realizes just how far he is from the fleet when the storm reaches him near the Russian border.
Arctic Mega Storm
A massive storm ushers huge waves onto the fishing grounds as the fleet braces for impact. Captain Sig attempts to avoid the swells by weaving his way around them but it's a dangerous gamble. On the Wizard, Keith's veteran deckhand suffers multiple blows while pulling pots during the hurricane's wrath and Wild Bill fights to turn his season around amid the chaos.
An Arctic mega-storm barrels down on the Bering Sea as the captains prepare for the impending hit. Captain Jake lays a beat-down on a defiant deckhand. On the Wizard, Captain Keith deals with a breakdown in the pitching seas, and Sig makes a mad dash to gather as much crab as he can before the storm hits.
450 Mile Storm
A second arctic storm prepares to hit the Bering Sea as the captains are forced to decide whether to fight or fleeing the weather. Captain Jake chooses to run and hide and uses the time to offload a discharged deckhand. Captain Keith braves the storm to find a place to fish to ensure the long-term success of the Wizard, and Sig plays it safe and takes shelter, but soon he begins to experience stress-induced chest pains.
As a powerful arctic storm finally ends, the fleet must begin frantically fishing to make sure the quotas for the season are met. Less than a year after suffering a heart attack, Captain Sig lands in the hospital again with chest pains. Sean finishes the season on a high note but has to scold his crew for bullying.
The crews race to fill their quotas as the opilio season reaches the halfway point. Captain Sean has a close call with another ship as his boat leaves the dock. On the Wizard, falling ice and a 15-foot wave take down two deckhands, while Captain Jake almost loses a deckhand -- twice.
Hillstrand's Last Catch
Two old friends race to finish their seasons, but one hopes to cap a storied career. The Wizard crew fights rough seas hoping to finish the season strong, and Johnathan Hillstrand wants to bid farewell in a blaze of glory, but the Bering Sea may have other plans.
Lost at Sea
The U.S. Coast Guard desperately scours the Bering Sea for a missing crab vessel, while the fleet anxiously waits to discover the fate of its six-man crew. On the Wizard, Captain Keith and his brother work fast to save the ship from disaster, and after a plea from his wife, Sig contemplates an early exit.
Last Damn Arctic Storm
The fleet must rally to finish off the fishing season as one last arctic storm approaches. Captain Jake wants to make his comeback when one of his deckhands gets injured. After weeks of being battered by the Bering Sea, Wild Bill rolls up his sleeves to save his season while righting massive seas.
Departing Dutch Harbor for Alaska's 2017 fall crab season, the fleet's veteran captains battle the deadly Bering Sea as well as their younger rivals to get their piece of a lucrative bounty. Captain Sig Hansen and his young skipper, Jake, have a massive falling out, leading to new strategies and new alliances. Josh Harris returns to captain his father's boat, and Captain Wild Bill shows rival Sean Dwyer that he's messing with the wrong captain.
As accusations fly and suspicions grow, a twisted triangle of jealousy, betrayal and revenge reveals few can be trusted on the Bering Sea. The Coast Guard races to save a crabber with a de-gloved finger. Jake strives to become an independent captain, and Captain Keith offers to take him on as an apprentice while Captain Sig plots against him.
Dead in the Water
As the King Crab become harder to find, Sean and Casey forge an alliance, but when one strikes crab, there's a possibility of betrayal. Wild Bill risks it all on a new bait and fish strategy, a dangerous mistake jeopardizes Jake's offload, and the Cornelia Marie is whipped by bad weather.
Halfway through king crab season, the Cornelia Marie is suffering from bad fishing and injuries to key deckhands that could force the boat in early. On the Northwestern, Sig goes on a daring midnight mission to shake his rivals. Back in Dutch Harbor, AK, the Wizard's captain Keith gets big news about a mystery illness from his doctor.
Captain Keith fights to keep the Wizard afloat when there's flooding in the bow, and a burst hose shuts down Jake's boat indefinitely. Sig wraps the king crab catch and gives the helm to Edgar to set his first bairdi pots, and Josh and Casey worry that their two injured deckhands won't be cleared to fish.
A massive Arctic hurricane shocks the fleet with high winds and big waves, and an unstable stack threatens to capsize the Saga. As the captains rush to pull and set pots before heading for safe harbor, Wild Bill risks driving straight into the storm to snatch his quota.
Clash of Kings
Jake makes a devil's bargain -- huge crab for hidden perils -- until his boat itself is on the line. Sig serves cold justice at sea, and Wild Bill chases a king crab jackpot. The Cornelia Marie crew learns that when you bet on a boat, the (wheel)house always wins.
On the brink of failure, Josh discovers secret fishing grounds in his late father's logbooks. A deck mishap on the Saga could end Jake's season. The Coast Guard braves pitching seas in an attempt to hoist an injured sailor from inside a ship's tank.
At the start of bairdi crab season, a spinal infection forces Keith to hand over the Wizard to his brother, Monte. Josh fights for the helm of the Cornelia Marie despite a bad showing, and major engine trouble threatens Wild Bill's season before he even makes it off the dock.
The supermoon brings the most powerful tidal surges in 150 years and sets the stage for the worst winter season. Josh and Monte chase their bounty deep into an Arctic storm, and Wild Bill hopes to get his broken boat off the dock. The rest of the fleet arrives for the start of opilio season.
A blackout leaves Jake and the Saga close to disaster in unfamiliar waters. Sig heads far above the traditional opilio grounds for the second year in a row, and Wild Bill is desperate to overcome his slow start due to engine repairs. Meanwhile, Keith makes Josh an offer only a captain could refuse.
Winter season unleashes 40-knot winds and 20-foot waves, and as accidents plague the crews, the Bering Sea singles out one greenhorn for the worst. Strategy is critical with the crab on the move, and tensions between the Wizard co-captains reach a breaking point.
Baptism by Fire
It's baptism by fire aboard the Northwestern as Mandy takes her first shift in heavy seas. The Wizard crew battles over one crewman who isn't pulling his weight on deck, and Wild Bill changes his strategy when he's caught short on bait gear and battered by high seas.
A 150-year supermoon storm wreaks havoc on tides, churning undersea currents that rip pots right off their lines. The Coast Guard attempts a rescue mission in the heart of the storm, and Wild Bill faces his worst nightmare as a greenhorn goes overboard.
A greenhorn's life hangs in the balance as the Summer Bay crew scrambles to steal one of their own from the Bering Sea's icy grip. The Saga and the Cornelia Marie battle the colossal waves of the supermoon storm, while Mandy tackles her first haul in extreme weather.
Sig pushes Mandy to invade the Cornelia Marie's ground, sparking a battle for the crab. As the Cornelia Marie's pots get tangled with the Northwestern's, Casey takes extreme measures to defend his turf. A distress signal from the Saga sends panic across the fleet.
No Safe Harbor
A severe Arctic gale batters the fleet, forcing captains to fight extreme wind and waves. The Brenna A and the Summer Bay tempt the fates and steam out of port to catch crab in the deadly winds and waves. Meanwhile, the Saga crew seeks shelter at St. Paul Island, where tidal forces snap Captain Jake Anderson's anchor.
Blood & Water
As rogue waves threaten to capsize their boats, captains Jake Anderson and Sean Dwyer must make life-or-death decisions for their crews on deck. On the Summer Bay, Wild Bill Wichrowski faces a choice that could end his career, and Keith Colburn returns to the Wizard put an unexpected end to his brother Monte's rule.
The captains take on the steepest waves yet in an epic final surge to hit their quotas. Jake Anderson fights through a debilitating crew injury on deck of the Saga. The Cornelia Marie's Josh Harris gambles big on his crab count, and engine failure leaves Sig Hansen and the Northwestern dead in the water.
With scars still fresh from a harrowing season on the Bering Sea, in which they were battered by a never-before-seen supermoon storm, the skippers reveal the most critical decisions they've made and how those choices and actions have made them the captains they are today.
Battle of Kings
Hours before king season, a massive new boat with a renegade captain discovers the crab are all in one spot. As the fleet races to find the quarter billion-dollar hoard, captains battle each other and the Bering Sea to claim their share of the bounty.
Atop the king crab super swarm, full pots boil over into conflict as young guns Sean and Jake join forces to set down Sig. Keith and Harley reignite a decades old rivalry, and Sean faces the long arm of Alaska law when crab in his tank come up short.
Knife in the Ribs
As the first arctic storm of the season arrives, Saga's deck boss takes a knife to the ribs. Josh and Casey's record-setting haul gets interrupted when a hand gets tangled in the coiler. Capt. Bill takes one last stab at motivating a lazy greenhorn.
Single Point of Failure
With Mandy alone at the helm, a freak accident threatens the Northwestern crew. Josh changes course on the Cornelia while Casey sleeps. Harley's launcher snaps at the worst possible moment, and a short circuit cuts power to the Wizard's forward lights.
In the biggest storm of the season, Jake faces a life and death decision when a shifting stack threatens to capsize the Saga. Sig and Mandy haul through angry seas, while Josh and Casey gamble on quota but find there's more on the line than sheer numbers.
Blood in the Water
The Bering Sea takes a brutal toll on captains and crew. Wild Bill calls the Cornelia for help. Jake confronts a disorderly crew, forcing his toughest decision yet as captain. Josh mans the helm as Casey makes a risky ship-to-ship transfer in high seas.
Winter is Here
In the winter season premiere, the coldest weather in nearly a decade threatens to crush hulls and freeze the sea. Monte must fill his tanks fast to get home to his ailing father, while a shocking mishap leaves a Hansen family member grasping for life.
As winter intensifies, Sean faces an engine room fire. Summer Bay deck boss suffers a season-threatening injury. Harley offers a newfound nephew a trial run at greenhorn. Monte races to fill Wizard's Bairdi quota so Keith can say farewell to their father.
Josh and Casey risk a 500-mile trek north to the icy Russian line. Jake tracks his own fast-moving crab horde. Sig does double duty on the Northwestern. The Bering Sea cracks the Wizard's 74-year-old steel hull as the Colburns face the loss of their dad.
Curse of the Russian Line
Josh and Casey haul their all time biggest pots, starting a gold rush to the Russian line. Cpt. Bill gets inside intel, while Harley confirms numbers his own way. As Arctic Storm Elsa builds in fury, the fleet realizes this ice queen casts a deadly spell.
Hell Hath No Fury
The wrath of Arctic Storm Elsa hits the Cornelia hardest as a breakaway pot thrashes Josh and Casey's crew. Captain Keith orders deckhands onto the stack as Elsa's icy blasts threaten to capsize the Wizard. No rest for Jake as the Saga takes a rogue wave.
Sixty Foot Monster
As arctic superstorm Elsa intensifies, a rare forecast warns of isolated waves of unusual size. Trapped in the crab-rich northern grounds, the Cornelia Marie, Wizard and Southern Wind haul pots as big as the waves, until one boat faces a 60-foot monster.
In storm-driven seas, Cornelia Marie's crane goes off the rails, smashing Josh and Casey's wheelhouse and injuring deckhand Taylor. Sig risks navigating a rocky passage in treacherous conditions, and the Wizard crew face a rogue wave without warning.
Deckhands pay in blood as captains make up for time lost to the storm. On the Cornelia Marie, Josh takes the wheel as Casey conducts surgery at sea. Brenna A tests the mettle of a former Marine, and a call from home has Sig facing a worst-case scenario.
The fleet battles a freight train of back-to-back storms. Sig's crew pays a price for stuffed pots, while Harley risks gear on an elusive hoard under the ice. Freddy attempts self-surgery on the Wizard, and the Summer Bay crew gets news on Nick's future.
Hell or High Water
Monte returns to co-captain the Wizard just as a freight train of storms slams the fleet from the south. Jake battles the risk of hauling pots in 30-foot seas to return to his family. Wild Bill drives farther north into the icy Arctic than any other boat.
As crab turn elusive, veterans Sig Hansen and "Harley" Davidson form an unlikely alliance, but trust doesn't come easy for old school captains. Freddy pays a price for Keith's decision to haul in intense seas, and Jake tempts fate to become a boat owner.
As smoke fills the Wizard, the Colburns face a dark ship nightmare. Towering breakers shatter Jake's steel anchor forcing him to fight to avoid the rocks of St. Paul Island. Battered by relentless seas Sig turns to family to fill the Northwestern's tanks.
Time and Tide Wait for No Man
The bone-breaking winter unleashes its fury on the Summer Bay. A rookie mistake leaves Captain Bill short a hand. Jake hits the jackpot at sea, but forces on land cost him dearly. There's hell to pay when Sean discovers the fatal flaw in his crab count.
Dead or Alive
In the penultimate episode, each skipper's next move determines who survives the final winter dash. Winds put the Wizard on a collision course with a monster. Jake taps a Hillstrand to save the Saga. Josh and Casey hit numbers not seen since Cpt. Phil.
Now or Never
In the season finale, with just ten pots to go, a crushing injury requires Coast Guard rescue. Josh and Casey face a huge loss when their offload gets cancelled. Sig rolls the dice on an early finish, while Monte hauls more crab than the Wizard can hold.
Cold War Rivals
A dramatic change in the Russian crab industry rocks global markets and drives new competition between Dutch Harbor captains and their Russian adversaries. As crab prices skyrocket legendary captains return to claim their piece of a historic payday.
Just as the fleet begins its race to beat the Russians, ferocious typhoon Hagibis turns its deadly gaze on the Bering Sea. Captains must choose whether to risk life and limb for a big payday, or to sit out the storm and fish another day.
Still reeling from deadly typhoon Hagibis, the fleet claws its way back into competition against the Russians. The pressure to make up ground has mounted and it's do-or-die for the captains, even if it means danger or even war.
Shotguns and Fist Fights
With the Russian menace looming, co-captains Johnathan and Jake blast a shotgun at their problems while a vicious fist fight breaks out on the Seabrooke. Meanwhile, Wild Bill blows an engine and Mandy bets on science to get back on crabs.
The Cornelia Marie taps American satellites to spy on the Russians while Scott Campbell Jr. pioneers a long-dormant fishery. With his quota nearly caught, Wild Bill faces cataclysmic engine failure and squares off with an unruly Russian greenhorn.
The Bleeding Edge
It's all hands on deck to finish King season strong. Johnathan goes under the knife at sea. Junior bets it all while chasing the elusive Golden King crab. Wild Bill goes toe-to-toe with an unruly greenhorn.
Into the Red
Co-captains Jake and Johnathan try to form an alliance with rival Keith Colburn. Junior risks crossing into Russian waters for golden crab and Josh bets it all on a gut feeling. Later, Wild Bill turns to his last resort and seeks work in Russia.
The Coast Guard responds to a mayday call as captains and crew brace for the loss of friends during a brutal winter storm. Sig and Monte track an Opilio hoard at the Russian line, and the clock is ticking for Wild Bill and Junior during the cod derby.
Cold War Heating Up
As the crab biomass migrates across the Russian line, Josh and Casey dump 175 pots on the border. Sig and Mandy go dark ship in towering seas. Jake's new deckhand gets injured while Junior attempts to steam through False Pass in a nighttime blizzard.
Facing a 500-mile wide Siberian storm, Josh takes a big risk to keep the Cornelia Marie crew safe. Junior loses control of his rudders putting his boat at the mercy of heavy seas. Jake's greenhorn problems get a lot worse when one clogs the toilet.
Chase Boat Rescue
Listing heavily and taking on water, Junior calls on chase boat rescue for the first time in series history. Wild Bill sends Nick 20 feet off the deck in spite of his fear of heights. Josh and Casey hit a massive wave that knocks out greenhorn Maria.
Dutch Harbor Double Cross
On the Summer Bay there's hell to pay when Bill's backup block goes missing. Cornelia Marie skippers Josh and Casey navigate a tenuous partnership at the Russian line. Weighed down by three full tanks, Sig puts a heavy Northwestern in Mandy's hands.
The Wizard catches fire in a violent storm known as a bomb cyclone. Josh and Casey attempt to fish in 30-foot seas, while two rogue waves slam the Southern Wind. Wild Bill grinds his crew 72 straight hours bringing himself to the brink of collapse.
Bering Sea Crash
Battling exhaustion, Wild Bill and his crew face the full wrath of the bomb cyclone. A snapped tendon puts the Summer Bay down a man. Josh gambles on crab-rich grounds in a costly venture north. An injured Mac fights to get Junior through the storm.
As an injury knocks Sig out of his wheelhouse, Mandy takes the helm to face a disgruntled Northwestern crew. On the Wizard, damaged hydraulics and an umbilical hernia deal Keith a double gut punch. Josh and Casey suffer tragedy on the Cornelia Marie.
Bering Sea Wrecking Ball
Stuffed pots come at a price as Jake scrambles to repair a slack tank before it kills his crab or capsizes the Saga. Josh and Casey's rudder fails in heavy traffic and Wild Bill's new greenhorn makes an easy target for an out-of-control picking hook.
Josh and Casey race to haul pots as engine failure threatens their delivery window. As seawater destroys his hydraulic motors, Junior attempts a risky high seas delivery of three new motors. Harley and his crew bang heads over his fishing strategy.
Like Father Like Daughter
Sig and Mandy conspire to get Jake to do their prospecting, but the former deckhand seizes the moment to fill his own tanks. The Wizard crew must break through ice to rush Keith to a doctor. Junior fears the worst as a deckhand falls from the stack.
Rogue Wave Juggernaut
A rare weather event churns up rogue waves as supermoon tides collide with a cyclonic snowstorm. Josh and Casey face a 55-foot monster, while Jake risks capsizing to repair his rudder in unruly seas. Monte's big move north pays off in massive pots.
A Problem Like Maria
As the super snow-moon storm peaks, the Cornelia Marie's deck becomes a gauntlet for Josh and Casey's greenest greenhorn. Ice fog overtakes the fleet as Monte scrambles to stay afloat, Harley loses an engine and Junior fights a sea-flea infestation.
End of the Beginning
As the fleet mounts a final Winter season push, sad news rattles the Cornelia Marie wheelhouse. Lady Alaska greenhorn, Gabby, overcomes a painful injury to support her crew. Wild Bill's deckhands must devise a bush fix or face hauling pots by hand.
Blood is Thicker Than Water
Saga loses a veteran deckhand, forcing Jake to steam a greenhorn army to the Russian line. Amid scuttlebutt that ports are closing due to a virus, Josh fights to get home for a reunion with his brother and Sig's daughter gets rushed to the hospital.
The Cornelia crew fights to save their gear from sea ice. Jake risks the far north to fill his tanks before his son's birth. Amid news of a looming pandemic, Russian boats mysteriously disappear and captains race to dock before crab prices crash.
Out of the Ashes
With half the crab boats tied up, Sig devises a plan to save the fishery from destruction. As Bering Sea legend Johnathan Hillstrand returns with the Time Bandit to help, veterans struggle to prove they can work together to defend the American dream.
When Mandy devises a plan for partnering, Sig must rethink his own hard-won tactics. On the Time Bandit, John and Josh conspire to outmaneuver a Russian captain who tells them what to do in US waters. All hell breaks loose as two vessels collide.
Point of No Return
As hundreds of dolphins lead the Summer Bay into an approaching cyclone, Jake attempts a daring nighttime rescue in high seas. Scott Campbell Jr. finds himself out of options, leaving Sig to make a controversial call to save the fishery.
Driving the Time Bandit and Cornelia Marie, Josh and Casey attempt Johnathan's strategy for tracking King Crab across time and space. On the Summer Bay, Wild Bill's crew fights a mid-gale power outage, but the days are numbered for their greenhorn.
As a typhoon rocks the Bering Sea, the Summer Bay suffers a collision. Sig gambles all his pots in one spot, while Casey takes a scientific approach to finding the elusive Bairdi crab. John and Josh rush a pit stop to get the Time Bandit back in the hunt.
Johnathan and Sig partner to hunt the elusive Bairdi hoard at the edge of the Restricted Zone. Jake earns an unexpected windfall of King Crab quota, but extended fishing and mechanical failures put safety at risk just as the Coast Guard boards the Saga.
What Would Phil Harris Do?
With the Bairdi fishery open for the first time in years, Josh and John on the Time Bandit reopen the Phil Harris playbook and ask Casey and Sig to help tank the fleetwide quota. Wild Bill bets on Nick McGlashan to turn the tide for the Summer Bay.
Time Bandit and Cornelia Marie race for the last spot at the cannery, but as word spreads of an emergency shutdown of the Bairdi fishery, they return to the grounds as Sig Hansen rallies his fellow captains with an unconventional plan.
In the Winter premiere, the fleet reels from the loss of Summer Bay deck boss Nick McGlashan. Wizard and Cornelia launch early into a massive Arctic storm. Johnathan can't see eye-to-eye with an old friend and shocking news forces Sig to change his plans.
Truth Will Set You Free
When Johnathan trusts his instincts more than his partners, the Time Bandit makes a surprise appearance in the Northern Grounds just as Josh and Casey need him most. Sig puts his crew exactly where they need to be in a matter of life and death.
As seawater floods in, Wild Bill's crew scrambles to locate a hole in the Summer Bay's hull. Johnathan faces a fire on the Time Bandit and a catastrophic hydraulic failure forces Jake to send his chief engineer 25 feet above the Saga's rolling deck.
As a polar vortex storm slams the Cornelia Marie in the far north, Josh navigates the biggest seas of his career while Casey performs emergency surgery. A catastrophic collapse of the Northwestern's crane leaves Sig and Mandy with no way to haul pots.
Of Ice and Men
Sig makes a desperate bid to save his gear from the descending ice pack while Jake dumps pots to avoid capsize. When Wild Bill gets a line caught in his propeller far from Dutch Harbor, he enlists Jake's diver to attempt a risky underwater repair.
As the fast-moving ice edge crushes all in its path, Sig and Mandy rush north to rejoin the fray. On the Cornelia Marie, Josh and Casey's race to save their pots comes at a cost in blood and pain. Heavy freezing spray threatens to capsize the Wizard.
Run Silent Run Deep
Skirting the ice line to the deepest set of their careers, Josh and Casey apply frontier medicine to a bleeding deck boss. A block wound sidelines Wild Bill's new rail man, while injuries on the Time Bandit take out two crewmen and threaten family bonds.
First Come First Served
As canneries unexpectedly change delivery rules, captains must race to get to the front of the line. Jake risks a daring entry into St. Paul harbor, as Johnathan seeks help from Wild Bill. Josh and Casey bet their season on a deep set at the Russian Line.
Quid Pro Crab
Captains scramble to meet an expanded quota in the path of a violent system dubbed "Squall-pocalypse." A breakdown on the Wizard puts Monte in debt to the Time Bandit and Josh and Casey exceed their own quota when it comes to injuries on deck.
An Arctic storm blasts the fleet as Sig ventures to deep waters he hasn't fished in 17 years. Johnathan steers the Time Bandit into 30-foot waves in a hail Mary run toward Russia. Captain Keith attempts a risky maneuver to save the Wizard's pots.
Cornelia Marie skippers Josh and Casey follow a blind tip from an unknown fisherman into uncharted waters. Johnathan fears for the worst when Freddy lands in the icy Bering Sea. On the Wizard, Captain Keith tempts fate, risking thousands in crab gear right at the ice edge.
Over the Rail
Jake battles a hurricane in the fleet's smallest boat while Keith orders crew over the rail to avoid capsizing. When Johnathan discovers crab in his cod pots, his crew scrambles to locate the hoard as "Blind Dog" finds himself in a bone-crushing position.
First in Line
When processors shut down due to outbreaks, Sig bets he can zero in on a rare "crab highway" before there's no place to deliver. Josh and Casey race to deliver live crab after their pump fails, while Harley risks shipwreck to be first to enter St. Paul.
The Ultimate Price
In the season finale, Keith risks pushing through jagged ice in search of the Wizard's lost pots. Attempting a risky harbor entry, Wild Bill overturns the Summer Bay and a beloved crewman makes the ultimate sacrifice on the deck of a veteran crab boat.
Long Live King Crab!
When the government closes the King Crab fishery, captains must save an industry they worked so hard to create. Sig pursues invasive Russian King Crab in Norway; John, Josh and Casey chase rising prices for a new species, and Jake mortgages the Saga.
No Sleep Till Rescue
An Arctic storm slams the fleet already reeling from the closure of King Crab. Seeking a new species, Johnathan sets pots deeper than ever before. Sig struggles to launch his Norwegian operation, while a deckhand fights for life on the Patricia Lee.
One Hell of a Story to Tell
His deckhand crushed by pots, Captain Rip charges into the Arctic storm to attempt the riskiest USCG helicopter rescue in recent history. John fights to save the Time Bandit at anchor, while Sig takes his first Norwegian rogue wave, flooding the Staalbas.
Invasive Russian Reds
Sig struggles with a Norwegian crewman who thinks he knows more than the captain. Captain Wild Bill fights to save his boat from the rocky Norwegian coastline with a line snarled in his propeller. Keith's greenhorn faces a violent brush with death.
When Shyanne discovers a serious breach on the Saga, Jake and his crew scramble to save it from capsizing. In Norway, Sig drops pots on Russia's western line. As canneries close their doors, Josh and Casey call in a last-minute favor from Johnathan.
Brother in the Bight
Sig scrambles to get home for Bairdi and Mandy's baby as his crew finds a honey hole of Russian King Crab. Josh's brother Shane gets caught in the bight as a typhoon slams the Cornelia Marie. Rip faces a crisis when a greenhorn collapses unconscious.
Follow the Rainbow
Johnathan searches for a pot of Golden Kings at the end of a double rainbow. A medical mystery confounds Captain Rip when his greenhorn regains consciousness on the Patricia Lee. Keith partners with Josh and Casey until John steps in.
Johnathan sets mile-deep pots and pulls up an unknown species. Jake faces reality when his niece, Shyanne, gets injured on the Saga. With Mandy's due date approaching, Clark takes the helm in Sig's wheelhouse to help tank the Hansen family Bairdi quota.
Mandy breaks news of a pregnancy complication forcing Sig and Clark to reconsider their decision to keep fishing. Jake teams up with Rip Carlton in deep waters but when powerful Aleutian tidal currents unexpectedly shift Jake's string, lines get crossed.
Jake and his niece set pots on the same waters their ancestor fished in the 1930s. Johnathan risks losing his entire live catch when the Time Bandit ventures into fresh water. Josh experiments with glow sticks to attract crab at the darkest depths.
No Good Deed Unpunished
With dock prices spiking, the fleet races to deliver. Jake witnesses a freighter severing his longline, forcing the Saga crew to drag the bottom for a valuable string of pots. Rip helps Johnathan locate the motherlode only to pay with a broken block.
In an epic Fall season finale, Clark scuttles Sig's partnership with Harley to get home for the birth of his and Mandy's baby. An orca leads the Cornelia Marie to the season's best pots. When John's autopilot fails, Jake is the star that leads him home.
To the End of the Earth
In the Winter premiere, nautical weather slams the fleet as Josh and Casey race north in hopes of beating the coming ice pack. Sig and Keith attempt to find common ground, and on the Time Bandit, Johnathan finds his co-captain a bit wobbly. 300th episode.
Where Eagles Dare
The Northwestern loses steering when a bald eagle lays claim to its mast. Sig and Keith develop an unusual partnership to tank Bairdi in record time. Josh and Casey place a risky bet on hard-to-find quota, while casualties mount on the Patty Lee.
The Crush of Winter
New-mother Mandy returns to Sig's wheelhouse but as heavy ice builds on the Northwestern, she reckons with the risks the family is taking. Jake unveils a new super pot to stake his claim in the unforgiving cod derby as winter weather blindsides the fleet.
No Turning Back
A dangerous list forces Sig to jettison pots or capsize the Northwestern. One wrong move in the narrow False Pass causes Jake and the Saga to hit bottom. There's no accounting for taste when Sean Dwyer devises motivational punishments for greenhorns.
Operation Anvil Drop
Keith recruits Johnathan to intercept a Russian trawler fishing illegally in US waters but the situation intensifies when the Time Bandit crew spots a missile streaking across their position. Bill and Sean fight to defend their pots from rogue trawlers.
Hell on the High Seas
Josh and Casey race to the approaching ice edge as an Aleutian storm slams the opilio grounds. Jake discovers his niece and engineer have been hooking up more than crab gear as they risk life and limb climbing the 30ft crane to make a critical repair.
The Cornelia Marie crashes into the ice pack when the greenhorn on watch falls asleep at the wheel. Jake's crew experiences a stunning phenomenon when a flock of seabirds bombards the Saga. Wild Bill tackles an unsafe sea state on the Summer Bay.
After risking his crew salvaging gear from the ice pack, Sig changes tactics deploying an experimental bait from Norway. On the Time Bandit, frustration boils over as Freddy tests Johnathan. Jake hauls in seas so volatile his crew must take shelter.
Graveyard of Gear
With intense currents holding back the Arctic ice pack, Keith drives into deck-wrecking waves to retrieve his catch before the ice bounces back. Jake and Sean face losing everything when ice swallows their gear as Rip enters a pot cemetery of his own.
The icy depths of the Bering Sea threaten to claim Sig and Wild Bill's gear unless they can move quickly enough to beat the rapidly freezing waters. Rip takes on a massive amount of extra quota and if he can't catch it, he'll have to buy it.
Port of Last Resort
As ice blocks St. Paul Harbor, captains race to deliver their final snow crab. Sig deploys a risky tactic his father pioneered, while Jake battles a slack tank to save the Saga. Keith and John scuttle a plan as the Wizard's 77-year-old hull cracks open.
Call of a New Generation
In the season premiere, a young generation ventures to the Bering Sea forging unlikely wheelhouse alliances across the fleet. But as high prices draw illegal foreign boats, captains young and old must band together to defend America's prized crab grounds.
Sig gets tough news at sea forcing the Hansens to make a critical decision as John and Andy lend a hand. With wheelhouse ambitions, Jacob hits a wall with Keith on the Wizard. New captain Jack crosses a line when Harley makes a deal with Jake.
Sig buries his beloved mother and the last of his family's pioneering generation. Sean Dwyer joins forces with Rick Shelford but the two captains don't see eye to eye on rules. Jacob fights back on the Wizard and finds no safe harbor from Captain Keith.
Bering Sea Superstition
A new deckhand falls ill on the Time Bandit, raising questions for Andy and warning signs for John. A bait pallet breaks loose, forcing Captain Rick to deal with a severe crew injury. When Wild Bill's plan A fails on the Summer Bay, Maria tries plan P.
In Need of Rescue
Sig returns from his mother's funeral only to find his gear in harm's way. Rick and Keith forge a beneficial partnership. Jack makes his first offload as captain. The Coast Guard gets a call to extract a sailor with broken legs 200 miles out to sea.
Blood and Treasure
When Sig and Mandy disagree on fishing strategy, Clark finds himself caught in the middle. Wild Bill comes down hard on inattentive deckhands as Linda gets too close to danger. Keith pulls the Wizard alongside the Saga and unleashes unexpected bad blood.
Cold Hard World
On the Saga, Sean Dwyer joins Jake for a high-risk trek west to Adak Island. Rick attempts a dangerous shortcut through the treacherous tides of Unimak Pass. Sig’s deckhand Lauritz takes a brutal fall while Johnathan bids farewell to a lifelong friend.
As a storm of continental proportions batters the fleet, John and Andy battle to save their anchor and the boat. Rick navigates stormy seas and feuding deckhands. An orca befriends the Northwestern; Sig and Mandy see a sign of life until it stops them from fishing.
Million Dollar Season
With a storm threatening his record-breaking run, Johnathan allies with Keith to triangulate the crab. Jack braves treacherous tidal currents, staking his redemption on loaded pots. In 30-foot waves, chaos strikes the Wizard when its stack breaks loose.
Between Payday and Mayday
An early closure forces captains to work together to get their catch safely to port. Sig crosses a line when he repositions a rookie captain's pots. Jake and Sean race back from Adak while Linda bolsters her east coast reputation in the Bering Sea.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
In the winter premiere, Johnathan hunts for crab in a secret location to which he's won exclusive rights. Sig tries his luck at a derby fishery. Keith risks an at-sea deckhand transfer, and Bob joins a fisherman's strike for higher crab prices.
Tradition of Superstition
Captain Keith eagerly repositions his pots when Johnathan makes an offer he simply can't refuse. Bob follows a pod of porpoises to her first big solo haul. Fired from the Wizard, Jacob chases his dream of becoming a captain to a wholly different boat.
Victory at Sea
Bob's breakout haul as a solo captain takes a turn when another vessel collides with the boat she inherited from her late parents. Cascading engine failures put Sig in a tough spot as the Coast Guard makes a surprise inspection.
The Better Captain
With $1 million in crab at stake, the Wizard battles unrelenting 30-footers. Jake faces a devil's bargain to aid another captain, but the high road may come at a cost. Sig fights to eke out a profit from the derby. The Kodiak crew assesses the damage.
Winter unleashes its fury, slamming the fleet with tidal surges and storm-driven waves. When Keith's winch seizes, the Wizard crew must work a double shift to retrieve their pots. Wild Bill's erroneous chart leaves the Summer Bay beached on a sandbar.
Pain Level Ten
When a deckhand suffers a possible heart attack on board, Keith goes into emergency mode, attempting to save his crewman's life. An explosion rocks the Time Bandit, burning Freddy and shaking Johnathan to his core. Facing capsizing, Jake must dump pots.
When Sig loses GPS navigation in crowded waters, Mandy must work a decades-old magnetic compass with no margin for error. OJ's replacement on the Wizard makes a misfit crew a bit more awkward. Bob's Bairdi haul earns her bragging rights and breakdowns.
Disorder on the Border
On the Time Bandit, crew conflict in winter weather puts Johnathan's leadership to the test. Sig and Mandy risk a heavy fine chasing the biomass along a boundary line. Jake struggles with managing an injury-prone crew member hellbent on earning his share.
Beware the King Tide
As a monumental king tide amplifies the sea state, Johnathan drives the Time Bandit into towering waves to haul the riskiest set of his career. Jake faces a potentially unstoppable magnesium fire, while Sig deploys evasive maneuvers to defend his catch.
Hampered by damage, Sig must outmaneuver an unknown captain to hold onto his ground. Jake allies with Wild Bill to make a critical deadline -- but when Bill calls in his own favor, time runs short. Rick devises a strategy to ensure Jacob makes it home.
Last Stand of John Hillstrand
In the penultimate episode of Season 19, Johnathan scrambles to save his pots from a Bering Sea grave. Sig revives a decades-old fishing computer to find a Bairdi hotspot, while Jake's manpower shortage forces him to put his niece on the hydraulics.
In the Season 19 finale, an uncharacteristic error traps Sig's family in unsurvivable seas. A wayward crane breaches Jake's wheelhouse, killing critical systems and his way home. Rick attempts to turn a heart-wrenching tragedy into a triumph for Jacob.