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Deadliest Catch Captains Say Crab Fishing Is Like Going to Jail

Originally posted 05/01/2012 08:45PM



The cameras document the highs and lows of crab fishing on Deadliest Catch – but there are things even the camera can't quite capture for viewers.

"A few things that the camera doesn't see are smells. Smells are the big thing," says Captain Scott Campbell Jr., one of the Discovery Channel show's newest and youngest stars, who describes the stench of dead fish and sweaty, un-showered deckhands as the worst offenders.

Oh, and the true sensation of being constantly thrown up and down by the enormous waves on the Bering Sea is also hard to convey on screen. "The waves, when you're going up and down, 40-feet up and down," says Captain Johnathan Hillstrand. "[Viewers] don't know that feeling."

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Emotions Run High on Season Premiere of Deadliest Catch

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UpdatePosted 04/10/2012 05:30PM

Emotions Run High on Season Premiere of Deadliest Catch

Originally posted 04/10/2012 02:30PM

The eighth season premiere of Deadliest Catch opens with something viewers rarely see – the fishermen at home.

Wise-cracking tough guy Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand of the Time Bandit shares a tearful embrace with his toddler granddaughter before heading out for another dangerous season of crab fishing. Edgar Hansen watches his kids swinging and laments the quick passage of time.

"The lifestyles we lead on these boats, it becomes such a cycle. I can't believe my kids are as old as the are," says Hansen, 41. "I can't believe I'm as old as I am."

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Deadliest Catch: Drama on the High Seas for the Harris Boys

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Deadliest Catch: Drama on the High Seas for the Harris Boys

Originally posted 05/24/2011 04:55PM

Are Josh and Jake Harris at their breaking point on Deadliest Catch?

All season long, the ghost of their late father, Captain Phil Harris, has haunted the crew of the Cornelia Marie. Relief captain Derrick Ray, who is helming the boat this season, has been trying to chart his own course. But when low crab numbers caused morale to sink, temperatures rise on Tuesday's episode.

"A lot of the other boats struggled, too," Jake Harris tells PEOPLE, "but we didn't really pan out with what we were trying to do, so it was financially, physically and emotionally a really hard season on Josh and me."

In addition to disappointing fishing, "just showing up back to the boat for the first time without the old man and [having] somebody like Derrick running the boat," was rough on the two brothers, says Jake.

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Deadliest Catch Star Found Dead

UpdatePosted 02/24/2011 08:40AM

Deadliest Catch Star Found Dead

Originally posted 02/23/2011 03:40PM

Justin Tennison's crewmates on Deadliest Catch are paying tribute to the 34-year-old fisherman, who was found dead in an Alaska hotel room this week.

"It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member Justin Tennison," the vessel's crew posted on its Web site. "Justin died peacefully in his sleep."

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Deadliest Catch Captains Cope A Year After Phil Harris's Death

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Deadliest Catch Captains Cope A Year After Phil Harris's Death

Originally posted 02/09/2011 02:20PM

On Feb. 9, 2010, Phil Harris, the captain of the Cornelia Marie and one of the stars of Discovery's Deadliest Catch, died at the age of 53 from complications following a stroke while off-loading crab nine days before.

A year later, Harris's fellow fishermen say the Bering Sea is a bit lonelier without him.

"Something is definitely missing," Northwestern captain Sig Hansen tells PEOPLE. "You can feel it everyday out here. There's no more fun radio chatter among the boats. Phil was known for his colorful commentary about storms, crew life – whatever was on his mind."

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Captains Returning to Deadliest Catch after Dispute

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Captains Returning to Deadliest Catch after Dispute

Originally posted 10/08/2010 04:15PM

It's back on board for three captains from Deadliest Catch.

Sig Hansen and bothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, who had threatened to leave the popular adventure reality series, say they've resolved their differences with Discovery.

"We're happy we worked everything out with Discovery," the trio say in a statement. "A deal's a deal. We're heading up to Dutch Harbor to start filming the new season of Deadliest Catch and hopefully it will be the best one yet."

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Abandon Ship! Three Deadliest Catch Captains Leaving Show

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Abandon Ship! Three Deadliest Catch Captains Leaving Show

Originally posted 09/29/2010 02:05PM

There's a storm hitting the hit Discovery show Deadliest Catch.

Three of the programs stars, captains Sig Hansen and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, are retiring – from reality TV.

The three crab fishermen are leaving the show, due to litigation with Discovery, they tell the Hollywood Reporter.

"We have been through a lot over the past year and unfortunately given the current situation with Discovery we are unable to continue participating in Deadliest Catch, they said in a joint statement.

The network sued the Hillstrand brothers for $3 million in September, claiming they failed to finish production on their planned spin-off, Hillstranded.

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Capt. Phil Harris's Sons Will Keep His Memory Alive on Deadliest Catch

Capt. Phil Harris's Sons Will Keep His Memory Alive on Deadliest Catch

Originally posted 09/07/2010 03:30PM

Captain Phil Harris would be proud.

The late skipper's two sons, Josh, 27, and Jake, 24, have signed a new contract with the Discovery Channel for the next season of Deadliest Catch, according to a New York Times report.

The move is a poignant one in light of their father's death at age 53 last February.

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Deadliest Catch Star: Phil's Sons Struggle with His Death

Originally posted 04/27/2010 12:05PM



The stars of The Deadliest Catch are tough guys who make their living doing grueling work – but the death of Capt. Phil Harris earlier this year dealt a terrible blow to his fellow fisherman, particularly his two sons, Jake and Josh.

"We are staying in contact with Phil’s boys quite often and I don’t think they’ve fully adjusted yet," Capt. Sig Hansen tells PEOPLE. "They’ve gone through their ups and downs, obviously. but they’ve got a long way to go."

Shortly after his father’s death, Jake Harris was charged with reckless driving, and later a bench warrant was issued for the young fisherman after he failed to show for a court hearing.

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Bench Warrant Issued for Deadliest Catch Star Jake Harris

UpdatePosted 04/22/2010 09:05AM

Bench Warrant Issued for Deadliest Catch Star Jake Harris

Originally posted 04/22/2010 08:20AM

Deadliest Catch star Jake Harris is now among the hunted.

Harris failed to appear at a hearing Wednesday in his reckless driving case "so the court issued a bench warrant for his arrest," King County, Wash., prosecutor spokesman Dan Donohoe tells PEOPLE. The bail amount on the warrant is $500.

"Jake just made a mistake on his scheduling," his attorney, Ed Ritter, told PEOPLE on Wednesday. "We plan on going in [Thursday] at 2 p.m. to clear it all up."

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