By LEILA KHEIRY
source: Ketchikan Daily News
when three boat captains featured on the Discovery Channel show “The Deadliest Catch” participated in a promotional pub crawl.
Bradley added that he would like to try crab fishing when he gets older.
In between autographs, Tilley said that, when it all started, he didn’t imagine the show would become as popular as it has.
Tilley said it was a little strange at first having a camera crew on board while trying to fish.
“It was really awkward,” he said, and the fishermen tended to freeze up in front of the cameras.
After a while, though, Tilley said they all basically ignored the film crews.
“They were just there, like wallpaper,” he said.
Harris, known from the show in part for his heated curse-filled tirades, was gracious with the fans on Saturday, signing all sorts of objects while chain-smoking outside of Fat Stan’s. He said the response to the show has been huge from the beginning.
Harris said he’s been a regular visitor to Ketchikan for a long time, bringing his fishing boat, the Cornelia Marie, here every couple of years for maintenance work at the shipyard.
“I love Ketchikan,” Harris said. “Alaska Ship and Drydock is the best shipyard in the world.”
The pub crawl was sponsored by Alaskan Brewing Company, which handed out free T-shirts and hats.
Merchandise Manager Nancy Woizeschke of Alaskan Brewing Company said the company hoped to promote the idea that nothing goes better with Alaska crab than Alaska beer.
She said she knew Harris was coming to Ketchikan anyway, which prompted her to organize a pint night at First City Saloon. The idea grew to a pub crawl, she said, because other bars wanted to participate.
The Discovery Channel show, which premiered in 2005 and finished up its third season on June 19, is a reality show that follows several Bering Sea crab fishermen. It highlights the danger of fishing in the open sea in bad weather and freezing temperatures.
Local crab fisherman Larry Jackson was at Fat Stan’s on Saturday, and said the show is pretty accurate, albeit slightly sensationalized.
The crew dynamics shown are correct, he said, such as the blame everyone places on the captain when fishing is poor. However, he said, while he’s only seen one or two episodes, he thought the show doesn’t really indicate how “mind-numbing” crab fishing can be.
“The work is miserable,” he said.
Jackson has not fished in the Bering Sea, he said. His grounds are the calmer water of Southeast, where he has hunted for Dungeness crab for about 20 years. He also leads charter fishing expeditions in the summer months.
Jackson said the interest in the show is huge. Summer customers often ask what he does in the winter, he said, and when he tells them he fishes for crab, they always ask about the show.
Jackson said he gets a little tired of answering those kinds of questions, so “now I say I watch soap operas and eat bonbons.”