F/V Maverick not featured in season 4, but definitely still fishing….

One of the fan favorites, the mighty F/V Maverick and owners Rick and Donna Quashnick don’t appear in season 4 of ‘Deadliest Catch’, they did however, manage to make recent news when a crab inspection revealed they had undersized crab aboard.  Although they were fined, there was very little illegal crab found and the Maverick continued on its fishing journey.  Were it not for it’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ fame, perhaps the article would never have been written.  Either way, any news on our favorite fishermen and boats is interesting to regular followers of ‘Deadliest Catch’!  From the Anchorage Daily News…

The owner and captain of a fishing vessel featured on the Discovery Channel’s popular reality show “Deadliest Catch” has pleaded no contest to a single count of illegally possessing undersized crab, according to Alaska State Troopers.Richard S. Quashnick, 52, of the Maverick, was fined $1,500 after an Alaska Wildlife trooper inspecting his catch over the winter discovered some of the Maverick’s bairdi tanner crab were smaller than the 5.5 inches required by law, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said.

“We went through several hundred of those crabs and there was only a small percent that was undersized,” Ipsen said. “He was allowed to continue with the season.”

Quashnick, reached by phone in Warrenton, Ore., said he was hauling some 45,000 pounds of crab at the time and troopers found only a few that were undersized.

The citation was a violation and was not criminal in nature, Ipsen said. Quashnick entered his no-contest plea in Unalaska District Court May 28, according to troopers.

“It was an accident,” he said. “It was just a mistake that my crew made, and we took care of it.”

The wildlife trooper came across the violation in February aboard a floating fish-processing vessel in the Bering Sea near the Pribilof Islands, Ipsen said. Troopers often measure a portion of a catch – usually several hundred crab – to ensure size limits are being followed, she said.

A film crew from the “Deadliest Catch” was not filming the vessel this season and so was not present at the time of the citation, Quashnick said. Calls and e-mails to a Discovery Channel spokeswoman were not returned Friday.

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12 Responses to F/V Maverick not featured in season 4, but definitely still fishing….

  1. Lothian says:

    I bet this happens more often than not. How can exhausted men sort hundreds of crab without making a few human errors?

  2. Melly says:

    JMO, but another opportunity to take a stab at Rick and Donna. It’s not the only DC boat caught with undersized crab. Makes you wonder why they were singled out. (?) Rock on Maverick! DC will never be the same without you!

  3. nwlimited says:

    This is not news, really.
    It’s something like a “tax” on the boats if you ask me.
    A few really bad offenders give the entire fleet a bad name depending on who you ask.
    I don’t think they were singled out, just happened to be the DC boat name that the reporter got ahold of, and well, it sells.

  4. Nat's says:

    Thanks for update on Maverick Glad to hear she is still about, hope all crew safe & well.

  5. Tracey Harris says:

    Glad to hear the Maverick is still around & their crew are all safe, these men work such long hours that a little human error is surely to be expected from time to time I for one really admire all these men for the job they do,
    Best wishes to you all & looking forward to watching the Maverick on DC again soon!!

  6. Gabrielle says:

    i missed watching them

  7. RBD says:

    What a huge fine for the infraction!
    I could see if a tank was full of small crab then hit them big time, but as it stands why hit them at all.
    These boats don’t operate on million dollar budgets. Cut em a break and warn them. After all they are TV stars.
    I bet the game warden wouldn’t fine Bob Villa. Or Jerry Seinfeld for that matter.

    Shut up and laugh

    RD

  8. debmil says:

    I miss watching the crew of the Maverick also. Can anyone tell me if the young guy -Blake?- is still captain? And why arent they shown on DC anymore???

  9. Josh says:

    Hey Maverick,
    How is everithing going? Are you still fishing, because i season 5 I saw you’re boat in Dutch.
    I hope you having better seasons if you are fishing than you where last time you where featured on dc.

    Josh

  10. Joe says:

    I wish the maverick and crew were still on DC loved to watch them fish

  11. Joyce says:

    Does anyne know how to get in touch with Hiram? Need to know ASAP.

  12. Kathy says:

    Love to watch you on the show, miss your lovely faces. I sure wish the Maverick was still on the show.

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