It’s the Season Finale. Yes, boys and girls, this is it!
We’ve reached the end of opi season and almost everyone has come in safely. A few boats remain out on the Bering and one still has a quota to meet. A huge arctic storm is on top of them and the coast guard has just called out pon-pon-pon which is notification of an emergency, but one that is not as severe as a mayday. A ship sinking is a mayday; a ship stuck on the beach is a pon-pon-pon. In this case, a ship is stuck on the rocks and a coast guard copter is on its way.
It’s 24 hours before the final off-load and a cod fishing vessel is stuck up on the rocks. The coast guard is communicating successfully with the ship and attempts to lower the rescue basket. The winds go from 70 knots to 120 and the turbulence is just too great to get the crew off from the ship.
It’s nearing the end of opi season on the Bering Sea and most of the fleet are down to their last few strings before quotas are met and checks can be cashed. The ice flow is on the move and ready to start eating some gear as the ships race from string to string in hopes of finding their gear where they last left it. F all those logging shows and watching truckers drive on ice, this is where it’s at.
On a side note, this logging thing is getting a bit crazy. We have regular loggers, swamp loggers, and now ice loggers. All of these shows try to capture the greatness that is “the catch” and fall way short. I tried sitting through a couple of these things and I really feel like I’d rather watch two homeless guys fight over a diaper filled with cheetos. Not to mention, I still don’t understand the whole ice road trucker thing. We watch a dude drive his truck over the ice and wait to see what happens? It’s a lot like watching your little brother sitting with a fork next to a light socket. You are getting bored watching and you kinda want him to just put it in the socket already. Anyways, on to the catch! Continue reading
It is absolutely, positively, seriously chilly out on the Bering Sea now. With temperatures hitting forty below, with wind chill and constant rain and snow hitting the fleet, fishing is at its absolute worst so far. Any fan of the show, of course, knows that it can go from bad to horrible in just hours. Continue reading
We left off last week with a 40 ft wave crashing into the Wizard while they were trying to put the tarp over the front pots. The wave consumed the front of the ship and the deck hands all disappeared into white water. We were left wondering if anyone was hurt, or even worse, swept off the ship.
Cue Bon Jovi and do your best Captain Sig “I’m on the crab” celebration…….. Continue reading