‘Deadliest Catch’ Boat Brings in Record Haul in Crab Pots

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Retiring Deadliest Catch Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand and his crew aboard the Time Bandit took a chance fishing near the Russian coast, 620 miles from the safety of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The crew was rewarded for the gamble when it pulled in pot after pot jam-packed with crab.

The first pot on the string had a whopping 440 opilio crab inside. Considering each crab weighs about 3 pounds and fetches about $10 a pound, the crew is looking at more than $13,000 gross.

As the crew kept bringing up pots, they were finding them even more full. In no time, the boat was hauling in multiple pots with more than 600 crabs in them. In fact, one pot had 670 crabs inside!

All the crew members were excited, and Hillstrand even said, “Holy moly, my hair’s standing on my neck!”

After thanking Jesus and his kitty figurine, Hillstrand phoned his brother Andy to share the good news. Unfortunately, Andy had bad news. It turned out that a massive storm was coming, and to keep the boat and its crew safe, Hillstrand was going to have to sail at full speed to St. Mathew Island.

The trip to the island is 16 hours. We’ll find out next week whether the Time Bandit makes it there before the storm.

Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery.

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