Discovery Livechat with Phil and Josh Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie

  Discovery’s livechat from 05/22/07 is out! 


Discovery: Welcome this week’s Deadliest Catch chat. Our guests tonight are Phil Harris, Captain of the Cornelia Maria, and his son Josh Harris. Jake Harris isn’t able to be with us tonight, as he’s out working on the boat. In Phil’s 30th year of crab fishing, he is joined by his sons on the Bering Sea and it’s a bumpy ride in more ways than one. Ask the Harris clan about life aboard the Cornelia Marie.
Phil Harris: I’m very happy to be here, and hopefully I can answer everyone’s question who wants to know what we’re up to.

Chico2007: I know fishing is your life. Has there ever been a thought of doing anything else, like when you were younger maybe?
Phil Harris: One time about 25 years ago, I decided that I wasn’t going to fish any more, so I got a job in construction for about a month and a half. It was a real job where you get paid every Friday like a big person. After that month, a friend called me up one morning and asked me if I wanted to go sport fishing on the Sound. I jumped on the boat, and at that point decided that it’s too hard to have a normal job. The thought of having to be someplace every morning at 7am and doing the same thing over and over, I just didn’t think I could do it. I don’t think I could have a real job.

Joyce: Capt. Phil, how many years did you work as a deck hand before becoming a captain? How many years a captain?
Phil Harris: I started in 1976, and I was on deck for about 5 years. The opportunity came on my 25th birthday to run a boat for the first time. I was the youngest skipper to run a boat. So I ran it a little bit, and worked on deck the rest of the time. Over the next 4—5 years, I got more wheelhouse time and less deck time until I became strictly a captain and that’s been 21 years now.

1mddcfan: Josh, what do u guys do in your spare time?
Josh Harris: I meet people. I just go out and have a good time. You fuckin’ gotta live life to the fullest, so that’s what I do.

Drinkr23: Who’s the toughest of the 3 of you? LOL
Josh Harris: Describe “toughest”! I don’t know — we’ve all got our parts. Jake is tough and you can’t break his spirit. Dad will take a bite out of a shot glass to show you how tough he is. Then there’s me — I’m sort of in the middle. I get a bit wild and crazy, and we keep the Harris thing going, that’s for sure.

Flygoddess: How long can the crab stay in the holding tanks, before you have to offload?
Josh Harris: They can be in the holding tanks for up to 3 weeks, although we try not to make it more than 2 weeks. We have to deliver live crab. Dead crab does not equal money.

Julie8193: Do you guys ever blast music over the deck while you are working, to break up the monotony?
Josh Harris: Insanely loud! It’s beyond insane. The music is so loud you can’t even hear yourself think and your ears could start bleeding at any time. But it keeps us awake. We listen to everything from Paula Cole to anything but county and opera. I tell you, a 60 gig iPod can barely hold enough music for the season. It’s madness, I tell you!

Liz1450: Hi guys, you have a lot of fans. Phil, how is your blood pressure?
Phil Harris: I’m taking some pretty heavy duty medication for it, and I think it’s getting a lot better. I haven’t had it checked for 3 days now, but I think it’s hovering around 170/120 or something.

Kaiaa: Hey guys, thanks for being here tonight! Phil, what has been your scariest moment at sea.. and what was your best prank besides the pipe on the NW’s pot?
Phil Harris: I’ve been scared on the water about 3 times in my career, and every one is a bit different but equally scary. We were at the Pribilofs and it was blowing in the area of 150-175 knots, maybe 100 foot seas. We came off a comber and there wasn’t any water on the other side and the boat just free fell about 100 feet. The boat weighs around 700 tons, so it just blasted all of us. It just ripped things off the walls inside the boat — the microwave and stereo went flying, dishes all over the place. We blew off one of our rudders too, and all the alarms were going off. We didn’t know if we’d punctured a hole in the boat or what. We were sideways at this point in 100 foot seas, We got it spun around and I knew I’d done something to the boat because it wouldn’t steer properly. It took a few minutes to get all the alarms shut off. Guys were checking the engines in the engine room to find out if there was structural damage. At that point we were going the same direction as the seas and the waves were so big that I was just terrified. A friend called to see how it looked and for 4 hours, I didn’t even turn around to look. I knew if I did, it would probably give me a heart attack. It was just too big. The pranks – they’re all good, it just depends on who you’re doing them to! The one we did with Sig was funny because he’s Norwegian and I was trying to think of something rare. We’ve put toilets in pots, we’ve dressed a mannequin in rain gear and put him in the pots. It just goes on and on – it’s just endless that we do back and forth. That was probably one of the funniest ones though.

Rwalter: Phil, when are you going to quit smoking? Your cough sounds terrible. Come on boys you want your dad around for a while don’t you?
Phil Harris: You know, I’ve actually thought of quitting smoking recently. I have slowed down considerably. My divorce is over, and the girl I’ve been dating is really pushing me so I’m at least giving it some heavy duty thought and have cut it down quite a bit.

Sswanson: Hey Captain Phil, how did you break your back twice?
Phil Harris: I didn’t exactly break it twice – I broke it in two places at one time. I was in the wheelhouse and we were loading some big hose. The guys looked like they needed a hand, so we all picked up this hose and I heard a snap. I went back to the wheelhouse and sat down, and 10 minutes later I tried to get out of the chair and couldn’t. I could barely walk. The guys had to help me get into bed, and then I couldn’t get out of bed. Some guys thought they knew what it was – they thought it was a kink in my back, so they walked on my back to straighten it out. That didn’t do any good, so I flew to Seattle. A buddy who’s a surgeon gave me some good pain pills, and I wound up in the hospital and they did an MRI. The guy at the hospital started laughing and said, “You’re a crab fisherman?” I said I was, and he said “Man oh man, you guys are tough! Your back is broken in 2 places!” I was afraid I’d be paralyzed, and in fact 95% of people with that injury do end up paralyzed. I was just lucky.

DealJay: Josh, would you like to follow in your father’s footsteps and captain a crab boat?
Josh Harris: You know, the possibility is there. Each time that I go out, I learn a bit more. But I’m still undecided.

Concentrate: Phil, what did you think about Jake and Josh’s spending spree earlier this season? Did they get any more punishment than a tongue lashing from you?
Phil Harris: No, they didn’t get punished. They’ve got me wrapped around their finger! But designer rain gear and all this fancy stuff they think they have to have – it’s nonsense. When I worked on deck, we had one pair of boots and one set of rain gear. But they have to have several pairs of boots, several sets of rain gear, designer this, designer that. They can spend their money the way they want to, but when they’re spending MY money, it’s a slightly different story!

Twp20: Do you guys feel like you’re missing out on college life etc.? Do you think you’ll ever go?
Josh Harris: Yes, at one point I think most of us will go to college. But right now I don’t feel I’m missing out on anything. There’s great fishing, we come back and can vacation anywhere in the world we want and have a great time. So I’m having a good time right now.

Kitten007: Hi Capt. Phil, Jake and Josh. I wanted to know what your favorite memory on board is?
Josh Harris: I’d have to say just hanging out with the family and continuing the family tradition. All the Harris clan together – it’s quite something.
Phil Harris: Wow. You know, I really don’t have a favorite one. To me, it’s all work. There’s some fun things that happen, but it’s not a situation where you can really relax and enjoy things. A good memory to me is when it’s calm out and you’re hauling pots and they’re full. Having my kids on board is a fond memory. But things are just way too intense to just sort of sit back and think about what’s fun.

Itcusn: Josh, is it really that hard to work for dear ole dad?
Josh Harris: (laughing) When we’re on the boat, he’s not really Pop – he’s the captain. I like working for him. The only other person I’d work for is my grandfather.

FishNRings: Josh, what do you think you learned most from your father about crab fishing?
Josh Harris: How to stay alive. That’s probably the biggest thing. A lot of old school stuff. It’s all about being smart on deck, and staying alive. The man knows this stuff – he’s been doing it for years.

Whitelion: Josh did you ever get the hang of the opilio season?
Josh Harris: Oh yes, I got it very well. It ended up working out pretty good. It was confusing at first, but the season lasted so long – longer than king crab – that I got the hang of it.

Flipper: Do you have a girlfriend and what does she think about your job?
Josh Harris: I had a fiance, but unfortunately the job has kind of taken precedence right now, so that ended just recently.

JakeisMyMan: Hello Phil, Jake, and Josh! I absolutely love you all. You make every episode hilarious! Have you heard that your family dynamics are being compared to the Simpsons? What is your opinion of that comparison?
Josh Harris: Wow! (laughing) That’s definitely an interesting comparison, and I haven’t heard that yet. But I guess with all the humor running in the family, it’s definitely comparable.
Phil Harris: Well, I think that’s a pretty good comparison. We have my dad, the more serious one that keeps us in line. Then there’s me, and I’m a bundle all by myself. Throw Ding and Dong in there, and besides making my life a living hell, they gang up on me. You have to take it with a sense of humor or it would drive you absolutely batty.

Gcgrad05: How hard is it to work with both of your sons in such close quarters?
Phil Harris: It’s hard sometimes. As you’ve seen on tonight’s episode, the kids are both so different. If he wants something, Jacob will bug you and bug you until it drives you insane. Joshua is more like his mother – he has to get the last word in and always has something to say. That drives me absolutely haywire too. So between the two of them when they get going, I don’t know whether to shit or go blind, to be honest.

Rwalter: I know the TV show covers the season for king crabs and opies, but is there a tanner season or what other crabs do you fish for?
Phil Harris: The Cornelia Marie mainly fishes for king crab and opilio. In spring we tender herring, and that’s what the boat is doing right now. In summer, we catch salmon with the boat.

Tgilstrap: Do you guys watch the show? Is there anything that you are embarrassed of on the show?
Phil Harris: I don’t watch every episode. I’m kind of embarrassed about my language at different times. But this is real. They don’t script us on the show. Everything you see is really what’s going on. So I’m embarrassed about my language at times – I think it could be a lot better.
Josh Harris: Yeah, sometimes we have time to catch an episode or two. I’m not really embarrassed. But it’s funny to watch sometimes – it feels like a dream to be watching something that happened months ago.

Tgilstrap: Do you ever go fishing with a rod and reel for fun?
Josh Harris: I haven’t in a long time, but I enjoy it as long as it’s a big fish. It takes the fun out of it when you’re fishing for trout, I can tell you that much.
Phil Harris: I love sport fishing. I used to take the boys out as kids. I just love fishing all the way round.

Crabby Mom: Evening guys, thanks for being here. Josh, I’d like to know if the pressure is a little more intense being the skipper’s son.
Josh Harris: Yes. When you first step on the boat, you’re a marked man. Not only do you have to be good, but you have to be really good. You get harassed by the guys. If something goes wrong or if my dad says something to me, I’ll get harassed on deck because of it. But it’s all part of the learning process, I guess.

Mystic: Howdy Harris family. Capt. Harris, does having your boys on board affect your decision making in any way, i.e. are you more cautious when it comes to weather, for instance?
Phil Harris: No, having them on the boat doesn’t change my thinking process. I have my 2 boys, but the other guys on the boat have been with me for years and years. I kind of relinquish my power over the boys when we’re on the boat to make it fair so no one can say they’re the skipper’s kids. I leave it to Roger and Murray to leave them alone. I don’t play favoritism at all – it wouldn’t be fair to the guys or to the kids. I just have to go with whatever I’m dealt with and treat them the same. I dearly love everyone on that boat.

Kdewberry: Are you tougher on your kids than the crew members on your boat?
Phil Harris: I think I probably am tougher on the kids because I want them to be able to walk off that boat being a half share guy Meaning I want them to be able to work on my boat and work for me, and I can teach them so if they went on another boat they’d be a full share guy. So yes, I am tougher on them than I would be on somebody else.

Patty: Is it tough to train a greenhorn?
Phil Harris: Training a greenhorn is probably one of the toughest things on a boat. 99.9% of the guys can’t do it in the first place and they get scared. And seasick, of course – I think a lot of that is just being scared. They’re out there and away from mom and dad and family and friends, and nobody can help them. They’re alone out there in the real world of crab fishing and they have to make it or break it. A greenhorn will do a lot of squirrelly things because he’s scared.

Bassga831: Hi Phil, are you still building custom bird houses since your big TV success?
Phil Harris: They are bird feeders, and I haven’t had a chance in the last couple of years since my divorce because I don’t have space to do it. But it’s very relaxing for me to go in the garage with the dog, turn some music on, and create something from wood. I’m not a carpenter inclined type of guy, so I’m amazed at how they turn out.

Drerab: How many months are you out to sea per year?
Phil Harris: For the last few years, we’ve been spending a lot of time because of the way the seasons are structured. Right now, it’s probably 8 months out of the year.

Fulbright: Hi Captain Phil, why would shaving bring better luck?
Phil Harris: I have a thing — I’m superstitious. I’m not fanatical, but I never used to shave in the middle of the trip because I believe that shaving brings bad luck. We were in at dock when I shaved my beard and things were going so haywire that I figured what the heck, it couldn’t hurt.

Patty: We’re from New England and we were wondering if you have ever visited or fished here before?
Phil Harris: No, I’ve never been east of North Dakota. Tomorrow morning I’m flying to Charlotte, NC for the NASCAR race, so I get my first visit to the east coast and I’m really looking forward to it.

Jim: Capt. Phil, did you question your father as much as your sons seem to question you?
Phil Harris: You know, my father and I have a great relationship when it comes to fishing. I don’t question him as much as try to pick his brain because he’s so knowledgeable when it comes to fishing. He’s already been there, done that when it comes to fishing, and he’s exceptional when it comes to taking the time to teach me the right way to do things. I do try to learn and pick up some of his knowledge. He’s forgotten more than I’ll ever know about fishing, so I’m very lucky to have his input on things.

Shmaw: Do any of you have a MySpace page or other site where you post updates?
Phil Harris: I have a personal MySpace page, and the Cornelia Marie has a website, I think there’s one floating webpage for me – I don’t know, because I’ve never been to it. Joshua and Jacob have their own MySpace pages too.

Bonnie: Josh, I know your dad drives a pick up. What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Josh Harris: All sorts. Import cars, and a Four Runner SUV. An interesting collection!

CaliGirl: Hey Josh, how old were you when you first started fishing?
Josh Harris: I was ten years old. Summertime, to earn money for my school clothes.

Kelz: How has your life changed since “Deadliest Catch”?
Josh Harris: I go to the supermarket now, or if go to have a beer at the bar, everyone’s, “Hey, I’ve seen you before.” It’s kind of funny — I’m just an ordinary guy, a crabber with a serious case of boat mouth!
Phil Harris: You know, we’re recognized a lot for what we’re doing, and it amazes me that people are interested. I’ve been doing it for so long, and I’ve tried to explain to people how close we are to living on the edge all the time, but people couldn’t understand unless they ‘d been there. And now, BANG — we’re a big deal and people are interested in it. I get to meet a lot of people that I normally couldn’t. A lot of doors have opened up to me through the show. I like meeting people. I like the fact that people come up to me on the street and want to introduce themselves. I think it’s important to talk to them and visit a bit, because if it wasn’t for the fan base, we wouldn’t have anything. They’re sweet people, and I try to treat them with respect. I guess that would be the funnest part of this.

Rhoberta: Phil, were you shocked by what the boys say about you when you are not around?
Phil Harris: I don’t know what they say when I’m not around. I see the eye gestures and stuff, but I don’t know if I’ve ever actually heard what they say when I’m not around. I know what they tell me. But I tried to raise them with some respect, and it’s very important to me to spend time with my father, and it’s important that the boys get to spend time with their grandfather. This family went to great lengths to make sure we could stay together. One of these days, my dad won’t be with us any more and I want the kids to know they got to spend time with him and with me. I hope they raise their kids in that fashion.

Dee: What is the process of finding greenhorns and what is the number one reason you would hire one?
Phil Harris: I don’t usually find greenhorns; they seem to find me. But generally I’ll take a guy that is referred to me. We don’t do that very often, because we don’t need to. We have the same guys on the boat all the time. But the few times I have hired a greenhorn, I’ll try to get someone I’ve heard of or who has good references. If you get a guy off the harbor in Dutch, he may be up there looking for a job for a reason — he may have been discarded from another boat and generally those guys are sue—happy.

Taz: The last two seasons the Cornelia Marie seems to have had a lot of mechanical problems. Is this typical what with the weather conditions, etc. or just bad luck?
Phil Harris: When you think about it, we actually haven’t had that many problems. There were engine problems on Season 2, and the second time it happened was because it wasn’t quite fixed properly the first time. The propeller problem we had: we’d taken the propellers off the boat and had a gentleman work on it intensely to make sure they were in top shape and properly tuned for the boat. That gentleman made a mistake, and did the whole procedure wrong. The propellers on that boat are very high tech, and he obviously wasn’t in tune with the kind of metal that they’re made of. So it wasn’t the boat’s problem; it was a problem with the guy putting in his two cents’ worth. Generally we don’t have problems like we did that second season.

Krystalseer: You are involved in a lot of rescues. Have you have ever lost a crew member of your own?
Phil Harris: Yes, I lost a guy about 20 years ago off my dad’s boat. I have been in a number of rescues. One year I picked up 22 guys, I think, out of the water. I’ve been in numerous situations where I’d have to grab hold of a boat to keep it from going on the rocks, or involved in a search and rescue, looking for survivors or bodies.

Bamagirl73: When you were approached about doing this show, did you really think America would be so hooked on watching you fish for crab?
Phil Harris: Absolutely not! I was surprised that anybody would care what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. To this day, every day that goes by, I’m just amazed that people are interested in what we do and how we do it.

BKelly: What tastes better in your opinion, opie or Alaskan king? Or are you so sick of crab by the end of the season that you don’t even bother?
Phil Harris: I don’t like crab, king or opies. I think it’s because I ran a catcher processor once and I had to eat crab every day. There are machines to control the salt and get the taste right, but we still had to taste it to make sure everything tasted OK. So now I’m so sick of crab. Give me a steak any day!

Firedawg: Phil, I’m in the USAF and fly the GPS Satellites. It’s really cool to see how you use the positioning from them to not only navigate but I’m sure that’s what you use to determine where your pots are. Just wanted to tell you that after being deployed to the desert a few times I still think what you do is a heck of a lot dangerous. Hats off to you guys.
Phil Harris: For starters, my hat is off to you and my thoughts and prayers are with you guys in Iraq. The guys that are the real heroes are the guys that are over there defending our freedom. I really mean that. We use the GPS like people use food. That’s our main everything. We have GPS for the radar, GPS for all four computers that are in front of me, and we have a tracking system that goes straight to the government so they can follow every move we make. If there was one piece of equipment we lost, the most devastating would be to lose the GPS. We’d be out of business.

Tblaise: How do you set up the pots to catch different species of fish or crab?
Phil Harris: Interesting question. The pots generally are the same: 6 1/2 feet by 7 1/2 feet, and 33 inches deep. There’s a tunnel ring in each side where the crab can come in, and hopefully not come out. We can change the size of the tunnel ring. For king crab, the tunnel rings are wide open. When we fish opies, we block part of that opening so no king crab can get in. The opening is 2 or 2 1/2 inches high so an opilio crab can scamper in there, but a king crab couldn’t.

MesoB: Phil, what lesson do you most hope that Jake and Josh learned this season?
Phil Harris: I don’t know if there’s one lesson, but in general, if I died tonight and was gone, I hope they’d have the integrity to do what they say, be honest, and do honest work for an honest wage and not short change themselves or anyone else. To be honest about how they live and work. Don’t sidestep things or try to cut corners. Do an honest hard job, and do it to the best of their ability.

Discovery: Thank you for being here tonight to answer all our questions about life aboard the Cornelia Marie! Do you have anything to add, before we have to close tonight’s chat?
Phil Harris: I’d like to thank everyone for their participation, and for watching the show and being interested in what we’re doing. It’s probably the most flattering thing that will ever happen to me in my life — to have people come up and shake my hand and tell me they’re interested in what I’m doing. That’s as flattering as anything could be, and thank you very much everybody.

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45 Responses to Discovery Livechat with Phil and Josh Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie

  1. George Mc duffie says:

    I am a 54 yr. old male that lives in Pennsylvania. I am interested in becoming a crab fisherman. How do you go about applying for a position like this. I am also a chef and would be more than willing to go on a crab boat for that purpose and hopefully be able to learn much more about the crabing aspect. Please respond asap.



  2. smandung says:

    Fisherman… is good if u interested to become a fisherman… Good Luck Goerge

  3. Gracemary Sjolin says:

    I love watching the deadliest catch, especially Phil Harris, he’s definitely a hottie, don’t know why there is something about him, very sexy.

    I know how he feels about the boys, if my girls ever took my credit cards and did that I’d have a fit and a half. My oldest will know what we went through since she now has a 2 year old daughter. I’m lucky I can give her back. I was married became a widow and although the girls are my stepdaughters, they are my daughters I may not have given birth to them but they are mine and I love them to death. My husbands ex-wife is the best and have the utmost admiration and respect for her. She is one of my dearest friends. Phil and crew may you always have safe and healthy seasons. Phil take care of the blood pressure, I’ll be 50 on Sept. 11 and will be smoking 40 years, I know I should quit but why bother sometimes. Good Luck!

  4. Pajamas says:

    When are all your B-Day’s?

  5. Pajamas says:

    Hi! I luv ur JOB!!! I look up to you people in hope one day I could be like you. Even though I’m a girl. Do you think girls can do your job? Again I love you guys! Good luck in you crab fishing!
    Love Always,
    Paige Jordan (pajamas, or P.L.J.)

  6. Pajamas says:

    Hey! I’m just wondering but, has Jake seen some of the things written about him?! Some girls are like OMG, Jake is so cute ! Me on the other hand I don’t think you’re cute. I think that you’re a easy subject to write about. Nothing bad don’t worry! I hope they come with more pictures of you guys! I have one more question, Do you have a favorite animal?
    Love Always,

  7. Alton Martin says:

    I have fallen in love with yor show and enjoy it daily. With so much junk on the channels, its good to see absolutely REAL ADVENTURE. You Guys Rock.
    I think I would just pass out if I wsa to get any kind of reply from Phil. You da man Dude

  8. Kristen says:

    Jake Harris is the most attractive fisherman alive.

  9. Crystal says:

    Hey, this is for jake. you may not know me but im the sister of the young lady in kodiak alaska that took pictures with you at carrs safeway,”look’n good ;)” and her dads the one drawing the boats for you and the crew.. yea i was kinda bumbed out that i wasnt able to be there because i watch the show almost everytime its on and just wanted to let you know in person that i have so much respect for you guys and what you do. its not everyday you get to see someone in person that is on tv doing what people do almost on a daily basis here in kodiak. alot of people down in the lower 48’s dont really know how tough your job is…so i thought that i would take the time to let you guys know that you guys are people to look up to. and if jake can get a chance reply to me,….or if you have a myspace add me. much love to you and the crew..
    Crystal Lea…..CrisS

  10. Sam says:

    OMG, i totally love crab fishing and i love what you guyz do! you guyz are so amazing(espically jake!)
    good luck!

  11. TYLER KRAMER says:



  12. opilia says:

    Hi Tyler
    From what I’ve heard, king crab fishing jobs are really hard to come by these days. Maybe that’ll change by the time you’re out of school. In the meantime, you may want to check out the fishing vessel websites and see if they have any advise, like the Northwestern, Cornelia Marie, Time Bandit, and Wizard. Good luck!

  13. lucie says:

    Hi Phil, Just love the show and I am a fan of yours! Just like your attitude to life etc! As we get a bit older we all realise we only have one go at life so let’s make the most of it! So, with that in mind……..if ever you decide to come down under to Australia, please drop me a line, as I would love to meet you. (No, I am not some crazy person, in fact I have never been so brazen in my life.!) Best wishes to you and your boys!

  14. Dominick says:

    my dad has worked at a shipyard since before i was born, i am 15 and was wondering how old do you have to be to do crab fishing. I have been told it is mostly a insurance thing? Thanks

  15. opilia says:

    Hi Dominick. Well the insurance thing is true. I’m told insurance is very very expensive for crabbers so I imagine the less risk they take with their crew choices, the better. I’ve read where Sig Hansen started fishing for his father when he was 14 but then, that was on his father’s boat. Honestly, I’m not sure how old one needs to be…maybe old enough to be out of high school?

  16. hey youve inspired me two become a crab fisherman

  17. cole says:

    hey capt.phil how would i get a job at become a crab fisherman

  18. Nick Clay says:

    Phil i watched the last episode of deadliest catch on 6-24-08, and I saw youcough up the blood, and stuff. I was wishing you the best of recovery, and wanted to tell you, you are one of my heroes. Get well soon

  19. Dear Captain Phil…

    I don’t miss an episode of deadliest catch, I seen the last episode, You are very sick, I’m crying writting this too you. Please get well, I love all of you guys on the show, And seen you on the Paula’s Party you looked great. Please take care of you’re self capt. The show would not be the same without you. Big ups to you all on the show, and thankyou for bringing it to tv. Again Phil please take care and I love you.

  20. Yarielis says:

    Dear Captain Phil…

    I don’t miss an episode of deadliest catch, I seen the last episode, You are very sick, I’m crying writting this too you. Please get well, I love all of you guys on the show, And seen you on the Paula’s Party you looked great. Please take care of you’re self capt. The show would not be the same without you. Big ups to you all on the show, and thank you for bringing it to tv. Again Phil please take care and I love you.
    I Love You Jake you are very cute!!!!

  21. Kim kirby says:

    hey jake harris how long have you been working as a bait boy?

  22. kim kirby says:

    Dear Captain Phil….

    i missed the episode when jake harris sprained his wrist and how did he do it. and jake harris is really cute.

  23. amy says:

    I want a bird feeder.

  24. Becky says:

    I love watching you guys. I DVR every episode of deadliest catch just so I can watch you! You guys are such an inspiration by doing such a dangerous job. I wish you the best of luck and I hope that Capt. Phil gets better so he can get back to fishing.


    P.S. And for the record Josh is Hott!

  25. Katey says:

    Hi Phil,
    My name is Katey Laytham and I am 17 years old and I REALLY need a boyfriend and I was wanting to know if your youngest son, Jake, has a girlfriend. Can I go out with Jake PLEASE!!!!! I will keep him in line LOL but really can I? I live in Bethany, MO and I LOVE DEADLIEST CATCH IT IS THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!

  26. Jeanne Florek says:

    I was wondering if Phil sold his bird feeders. I would be very interested in purchasing one. I do hope his health is improving. He gave us a big scare. He is my favorite capt. I do not miss an episode when you are on and watch almost all of the reruns as well!

  27. emma says:

    Hey capitan Phil! FIrst of all I think what you guys do is amazing. I saw after the catch and you said that you only had two week left to live! that devistated me. the show would never be the same without you. who is gonna be the new capitan if you do die? please get better


  28. Kaye says:

    Captain Phil,

    First and foremost, may your health return quickly!
    I have a new respect for the crabbing industry. Untill I watched this show, I had absoloutely no idea just how dangerous this job was. I am actually embarassed to say that I have complained about the price of King Crab for many, many years. That will NOT happen again. From this moment on, I will gladly pay the price with a smile on my face.
    Thank you and your crew for what you guys do!
    In watching this show, I decided to google you & the vessel. Well, I found you, and much more. I’ve enjoyed reading every word of this and ofcourse, being a woman, want to learn more.
    I read where you had wanted to fly plane’s when you were young. I don’t fly them, but I can sure handle the ground operations. I love the magic of watching that baby “lift” off the ground. I can only imagine what you must feel onboard the Cornelia Marie. She is your baby.
    Must admitt, I’d love to know more about you, the crew, the vessel, the sea, the way of life on a vessel, and anything else you can think of!
    My best to you, may you have a speedy recovery, and may your vessel be overflowing with bounty.
    I would give anything to go onboard, just to see it with my own eyes.

  29. Renee says:

    We are wishing for a speedy and full recovery for you. I would also like to say God Bless to all the women who stand behind all of you. Thier job is just as tough even more now that they can see just what you all endure out on the sea.
    If you ever sell your Bird Houses I would love to purchase one and donate it to the silent auction for the special needs adults i work with. They raise funds for the outings they go on.( LOL then I would have to bid highest to get it back.)
    My mother who has passed always read me a poem I do no remember the author but the poem was titled “The Cruiz of the Spun Glass Ship”.
    Take care you have the world pulling for you..

  30. james says:

    hey phil take care i do hope u can get back out there to fish but if not take care of ur self and god bless from a sport fisherman and get better

  31. Jeanne Florek says:

    I am from Minnesota. I am pretty confind to the house. I go to doctor apts. but not much else. One of my hobbies is watchin your show and watching birds. I get great enjoyment out of both. Maybe you would sell me one of your birdfeeders. I would take excellent care of it! Right now I am tring to get Purple Martins to nest here. I did get a pair of eastern blue birds to nest and probuce this year. I also have cardinals and bluejays as well as all kinds of finches. I have Baltimore Oreoles that come back every year. With my health there is not much more I can do but watch tv and watch my birds. Please let me know one way or the o ther.
    Thank you and be well. My best to Jake and Josh as well. I feel proud for you to have such wonderful boys!

  32. Jeanne Florek says:

    I am sorry that I did not give you the email address. If you are interested in selling me one or more of you bird feeders, please email me at my address,

  33. Andrea says:

    couldn’t leave a message on josh’s myspace but came across a picture when all of you doing volunteer work for Make a Wish. My thanks go out to volunteers with Make a Wish as I have a terminal nehew with a disease that is incurable. Make a Wish does so much for kids and make sure to do their best to give each child their wishes. Again thanks for making some other child happy and keep up the hard work catching crab. Unless people watch your show they would never know how much work you all put in to catch seafood.

  34. Kenny Lowe says:

    How are you feeling after your injuries. I know on the After The Catch episopde you said that you still had a ways to go toward getting better. I know you probably get this 1000000 times a day but I have looked all over the net and can’t find anything that tells me how you are. I admire the relationship you have with your boys and the passion you and them have for your proffesion.

  35. Alexia Diablo says:

    Hey guys,
    I know you guys are ridiculously busy and everything, but I just wanted to let you know I haven’t missed one episode this season, and I’m happy that you came back for opis. You know Murray is cool, but nobody could replace you. It’s weird but I am a girl and I’ve always wanted to go crab fishing on a big boat. Many girls probably wouldn’t do that. I took some time and made this picture for you.Good luck with all of the crab seasons to come.Go C.M.:)

  36. Misty Serrano says:

    I just want to say I love watching the show daily I love that Josh and Jake and Phil gotta spend time together I recently lost my dad as well and the best advice I could give is just remember the good times you shared:). And Josh if your still looking for a female email me I think your sexy as hell!!!

  37. Cathy Nivens says:

    My family just lost our mom on Thanksgiving morning 2009.Her death was a result the same as Phil.
    It was sudden but all 6 of her kids and husband were at her side.
    our hearts are with you.
    love to all, The Nivens Family

  38. nick says:

    I first started watching the show in 2006 i had a heart attack and died 4 times in 3 days. While laying there i surfed the tube and caught the discovery channel showing the catch and i have been hooked ever since. Phil you and your sons and your crew are my favorite ones to watch. You helped me in my recovery. I bless the same to you in yours.
    Jake and Josh….take care of Dad ….ya only get one in life and he is a diamond in the rough, which means you two will be the polished and cut stones of the future for him. Learn from him and you will have had one of the best of the best teach ya.
    Thanks for helping me durning my recovery… God Bless You and Your Crew and the Ship.

  39. nick says:

    I did not want to mention the loss of Phill, cause it hurt me in my heart of hearts to hear of this. He will be alive through all of us shareing the memories and what he was like.

  40. jennifer says:

    I live outside of Cincinnati Ohio and have been a huge fan from the beginning my heart goes out to Jake and Josh for the loss of their Dad Phil. He will be missed forever! Go big or go home!

  41. Claudia Minichiello says:

    Josh and Jake,

    Your dad will ber sorely missed by all of us who became fans of Deadliest Catch. As many before me have said, Capt. Phil was one of my favorites (the other being Sig). I would love to know how and where to purchase one of the tee shirts memorializing your dad.


    Claudia M

  42. Lisa Birge says:

    Jake and Josh,
    I just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear of your dad’s passing.

    I tried to watch the show last night but just could not do it. I knew it was the show when he passed. I feel so bad for you two. Your dad was an amazing person who appeared to be gruff and demanding but i know that he was not like that (in real life). I had my mom tivo the show last night and some day I will be able to watch it. I know that you two will take care of each other and I hope the healing process starts soon.

    If there are any memorial items for sale, i.e. shirts, hats, dolls, etc. i would like to know where to find one.

    Take care,

    Lisa Birge

  43. Vickie says:

    Jake and Josh I was very sorry to hear about your Dad. I fell in love with him just seeing him on TV. He seems like a guy who was happy just being himself. I just lost my Dad not to long ago and as time passes only good memoires will always saty with you.

  44. Bobby says:

    Hey josh and jake if u read this, just wanted to say your dad was a great man from what i have seen. Dont live to far from the seattle area, so thats what makes it more important to me. I cant wait to see waht you guys do to the boat. I know for a fact you guys will make your dad happy and if u ever need a deck and teach me i would be game any time to work for you guys. Take care and god bless.

  45. Cody Leonard says:

    Hey fellas, I want u two to know that your dad and your crew were my favorite people that I had the honor of “being a part” of your lives. I know you guys have a bunch of fan mail but if you guys do get this I want you to know that I have watched every episode and I just watched the last one with your father. Man guys to be honest with you i cryed the whole time. And I know its like, why is this guy sad he doesnt even know us or my father? But I just kinda feel like I do. Anyways Jake and Josh and the whole crew and fleet, I respect each and every one of you and my prayers are allways with you. And by the way that was Captain Phil Harris on the Bow or Captain Sigs boat! If you want it would be cool to here from u guys. Rite on fellas be safe. Cody Leonard

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