Captain Blake Painter of the F/V Maverick and Captain Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard attended the Seattle Pacific Marine Expo on Friday, Nov. 16th. Other skippers listed on the roster are currently still fishing and did not attend. The two skippers held a question and answer session with fans and discussed crab fishing without delving much into details of the upcoming season of “Deadliest Catch”. Interesting to note, Captain Keith mentioned it takes 7000 gallons of fuel to head up from Seattle, Washington to Dutch Harbor Alaska, to go fishing, and on a radio interview (interview starts approximately 10 minutes in) he gave, the skipper responded to a similiar question saying that a boatload of fuel runs approximately $60,000, therefore explaining why Seattle fishermen have a tendency to leave their fishing vessels up in Alaska as much as possible.
As previously announced, the US Coastguard gave awards to certain captains for their assistance in rescuing a boatload of tourists off The Empress of the North, a cruise vessel that ran aground earlier this year in the Juneau, Alaska area. Captain Blake was of pivotal assistence at the scene of the incident by taking on as many of the tourists as he could fit unto his familiy’s boat, the F/V Evening Star. You can read more of the rescue on his family’s website.
On another note, both skippers confirmed to fans at the expo that Discovery camera crews were actually not filming on the F/V Maverick and that they would not be on season 4 of “Deadliest Catch”.
(All photos courtesy of “Deadliest Catch” fan, Melly)