Popeater.com interviewed the Hillstrands earlier and managed to get some interesting new stories out of them. They’ve also featured a couple of video clips, one of which is a lesson in crab cracking by Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand!…
On Phil Harris
Jonathan: It’s one of our best seasons, and one of our worst. We lose a really good friend this year. I spent 10 days in the hospital with Phil. We’ve known Phil for 30 years… It was a huge loss for the fleet. I promised Phil I’d take care of his kids. At least I got to say goodbye to Phil, tell him I loved him.
Andy: Even though he’s only five or six years older than us, it’s like we lost our dad.
On Saving an Overboard Fisherman on Television
Andy: The adrenaline still runs through my blood. I was literally 20 feet away from him when we pulled up to him and he’s going, ‘Don’t let me die, don’t let me die!’ I go, ‘You’re not gonna die!’ We were pumped up for two days after we did it.
On the New Season
Jonathan: There’s no do-overs, there’s no lines. This is ‘Deadliest Catch.’ I watched the first episode and the hair was standing on my neck. Andy: We took a wave that filled up our deck for 20 seconds.
On a Disastrous Trip to England
Jonathan Insults the Queen: I corrected her grammar. She says “sheduled” but it’s “scheduled.” And everyone says “sheduled” because the Queen says “sheduled.” But she had a few pain pills at night (said very jokingly). I love the Queen. God bless the Queen.
Andy Insults Tea Drinkers: They said, ‘What’s the girliest thing you’ve ever done?’ I said, ‘I drank tea.’ … We don’t know why we weren’t invited back. It was 5:30 in the morning and I just said tea.
On Retirement Plans
Andy: Fishing with the brother for marlin. I haven’t caught a marlin, sailfish… I want to catch every billed fish.
Jonathan: Scott is our last chance for blood to run the boat, so if he doesn’t want to step up, we just have to find that guy that wants to be on that boat and says, ‘Hey, I love it on here.’
Link for entire interview and videos