…More on the “Deadliest Catch” Skippers


We’ve already been introduced to this season’s Deadliest Catch skippers but here’s a few more photos and a few details about the men we’re about to watch for the next 16 weeks (and that’s not including After The Catch)!

Sig Hansen of the F/V Northwestern.  Age 41.  He and his brothers Norman and Edgar are from Seattle, Washington and they are first generation americans with heavy Norweigan descent.  The three own the Northwestern and they’ve fished together for almost 20 years.  Sig Hansen began fishing at 14 with his father so he’s probably spent most of his adult life out at sea. (Photos are all courtesy of Discovery)

Andy Hillstrand, co-owner of the F/V Time Bandit.  Age 44.  Capt. Andy has been married for 25 years and has grown children.  He captains the Time Bandit during Opilio season and works as deckboss during King crab.  When he’s not out at sea, he’s at his horse ranch in Indiana where he spends time training them.

Johnathan Hillstrand of the F/V Time Bandit. Age 45.  He, along with brothers Andy and Neal, is co-owner of his own vessel.  Johnathan not only experiences dangers during the crab seasons, he also owns a Harley that is rigged with nitrous which adds 300 HP of acceleration!  He hails from Homer, Alaska and according to the new Time Bandit book, lives life the way he chooses to.

Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard.  Age 45.  Keith lives in Redmond, Washington and only purchased the Wizard in 2005 however, he’s worked on her for the last fourteen years.  Keith is a traveller and became a bering sea fisherman after voyaging to Alaska years ago.

Phil Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie.  Age 51.  Capt. Phil lives in Seattle, Washington where he takes great enjoyment in riding his Harley.  He’s captained the Cornelia Marie for the last 16 years and he’s a 30-year veteran of the fishing industry.  His sons Jake and Josh have fished with him now for the last 2 years.

Sken Skaar of the F/V North American.  Age 43.  His brother John is the chief engineer.  His father Erling learned how to fish from Sig Hansen’s father–Sverre.  It has led to an interesting rivalry for the last 20 years.  According to the North American website, Capt. Sken likes to run a fun and creative crew, making him a perfect match to his deckhand Erick Nyhammer of the F/V Rollo.

Rick Fehst is from Edmonds, Washington.  This will mark his first season as captain of the Early Dawn although he’s fished on her since 2005.  He has 25 years fishing experience and thoroughly loves his work.

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