These are your skippers for ‘Deadliest Catch’ season 6! What will we learn about them and from them this year? Interesting biographies coming up at a later time. For now, enjoy the pics and season 6 premiere! (All images below are courtesy of none other then Discovery).
Sig learned how to fish from his father and while he was still in high school, he worked along experienced fishermen both in Alaska and sometimes Norway in the summers. He became relief skipper at 22 and at 26 was full-time captain. Is it any wonder then, that Sig Hansen is intense and very focused? He is 44, married with children–2 daughters–and his wife Juna calls in weather reports to him, while out at sea.
Bill Wichrowski is the newest skipper to the fleet of ‘Deadliest Catch’ featured boats, but he certainly isn’t new. He makes his home in Seattle, WA. He’s 52, also married, and with three children–Delia, Jake and Zach. Zach is his new greenhorn this season. He’s come back to Dutch Harbor and the Bering sea to get his share of the ‘red gold’. According to Discovery, ‘Wild’ Bill is a man with ‘old school’ roots who’s used to doing things his own way and won’t hesitate to describe his opinions with other skippers.
Keith is a true adventurer. He started out his adult life as a ski bum in Lake Tahoe, then went to Alaska with $50 in his pocket one day and hooked himself up with a job on the Alaska Trader. Three years later he became a full share deckhand on the Wizard and has been there since. He worked his way up to skipper and purchased another boat called the Sirene. In 2004, he sold her and then finally purchased the Wizard. Keith is married to Florence and they have two daughters.
Johnathan Hillstrand is both a serious fisherman and skipper and also a prankster extraordinaire. He was born and raised right in Alaska and the Timebandit calls Homer, AK, her home. Not only does Johnathan have Bering sea experience but he also fished lobster in the Atlantic ocean for eight seasons. He is not married but has two grown children, Tae and Scott.
Phil Harris was born in 1956 and passed away February 9th, 2010. He was skipper and half-owner of the F/V Cornelia Marie for 18 years and had many years of experience as a fisherman prior to that. He leaves behind a legacy, a legion of friends and peers, and he forever becomes part of the mystique–the history of crab fishing in the Bering sea– that fascinates us all and draws us in, yet at the same time remains elusive and untouchable–unless you were there, of course…