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.
The opi season is coming to a close, but mama nature still has one more storm left in her. The boats struggle to get their quotas done and get into Dutch Harbor before the storm hits. The prediction is 40ft seas, 70 knot winds, freezing spray and its all just 72 hours away……
We join the Time Bandit on the crab and coasting to an early end to their opi season. Captain Andy and Captain Jonathan are still wondering who to let go as they have one more deckhand then they need. The fingers are pointing at lazy Russell “the sauna guy” and Mike, the newest arrival, but frequent deckhand. My money was on Russell, who spends more time in the sauna then he does on deck. That was until Captain Andy tells the deckhands to close the aft tank and check the mid tank. The order goes out to the deck but nobody responds. Kinda like when you were younger and your mom told you to take out the trash or get your little brother out of the dryer. Of course you heard the order in the back of your head, but you’ve never seen the entire hot for teacher video and that’s pretty important too.
Captain Andy yells to the crew a few times and then finally Captain Jonathan goes down and really yells at them. When the captain gives you an order you take care of business, or money is lost and people get hurt. Deckhand Mike makes the mistake of arguing that he didn’t hear or couldn’t understand and just takes it a little too far, as Captain Jonathan threatens to fire him if he doesn’t close his yapper. So now it’s a toss up who’s going to leave. Continue reading
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
This week on the DC, we get one of the most interesting episode titles yet. If you miss it, I think Sig ends up saying it around 5 times. I once got in a fight with a midget who offered me the same choices. I went with slap in the face because I figured while he was getting a step ladder to climb up and slap me, I could sneak up behind him and beat him with my wiffle ball bat. Turned out this midget had hops and just gave me a knock across the jaw. You live and learn. On to the catch! Continue reading
Well it appears out of all the episodes to miss last weeks was the best one. I was able to watch it before “Lockout” started and realized I didn’t miss all that much. This episode finds us almost to the mid-way point of opi season. Captains are fighting Mother Nature and she has been taking kung fu. 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