The 2009 opilio crab season is beginning. It’s winter in the Bering Sea and this is when Deadliest Catch is at its deadliest. For those of you who are on your first season of the Catch, this is the time of year in the Bering Sea where the ocean is at its roughest, the winds are at their strongest, and the weather is at its coldest. As the water and rain hit the boat it freezes to the entire outside of the ship. Even the ocean spray freezes immediately to the pots and the deck. You will see the crews constantly hammering ice off the ships because as we all know when water freezes, much like me after a Vegas buffet, it gets damn heavy.