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Captain Andy Hillstrand

Captain Andy Hillstrand

Age 53, Chandler, Ind.

Captain Andy touts himself as the more reasonable of the two Hillstrand skippers, and this may very well be true. Although he is stern when necessary, Andy is just as excitable as the next Hillstrand, sharing the same tastes for fun as his brother. In the past years, Andy has focused more on running the business from land, leaving Johnathan to handle the heavy lifting at sea; Andy took over the co-op, meaning he can manage their own quota – “mo’ quota, mo’ money.”


Captain Jake Anderson

Captain Jake Anderson

Age 35, Shoreline, Wash.

The past couple of years have heralded a lot of change for Jake. He welcomed his first son, Aiden, into the world and he finally achieved his dream of captaining a boat. These milestones were a welcome change for the recovering addict who has faced many trials over the course of his life: His sister’s sudden death, his father’s murder, an opiate addiction – Jake has overcome a lot in a short time. For his first king season, the rookie captain tried to set an example by painting his own boat, but was embarrassed in front of his crew when Sig & Company dunked him repeatedly in the drink. Shortly thereafter, Jake retaliated by teaming up with the Cornelia Marie to set Sig down. And for opilio, Jake was determined to prove himself and bolster his reputation in the fleet. Notorious for having a short fuse, Jake did not hesitate to let his deckhands know when they failed to meet his standards. Under mounting duress, Jake and his crew struggled to stay on top of their quota. Malfunctioning hydros further contributed to their woes, and Jake ultimately had to return back to harbor short of their desired quota – humbled, but not defeated. As the new season nears, the young skipper knows he has to catch the crab in a timely fashion, or forgo his spot at the helm of the F/V Saga.


Captain Johnathan Hillstrand

Captain Johnathan Hillstrand

Age 54, Homer, AK

Johnathan may wear the raspy exterior of a veteran crabbing captain, but he is truly a child at heart. Notorious for his shenanigans, the skipper is always looking to spice things up with pranks, competition, or just some good old-fashioned explosions. Johnathan is divorced with two kids, and family is very important to him. But John knows his time on the water is running out. It’s not all fun and games with the battle-scarred skipper nowadays, as Johnathan has been taking over the majority of at-sea duties from a business-minded (aka land-based) Andy. Although Johnathan faced a challenging opies season – juggling a rotating crew, breaking in greenhorns, and struggling to find decent crab – he still managed to squeeze in a little fun. He ordered the crew members to get mohawks in hopes of turning their luck. His superstition paid off; shortly thereafter, the newly shorn crew uncovered a treasure trove of crab and finished the season strong, a testament to Johnathan’s leadership, however unconventional it may be.


Captain Keith Colburn

Captain Keith Colburn

Age 53 – Fall City, WA

Last year, Keith’s health deteriorated and his marriage ended, causing his personal demons to take over. Although he is sober at sea, his drinking caused the Wizard to depart late for kings season. After a rough start, Keith resolved to start turning around his life. In an effort to get some exercise, he started working one string on deck a day. His alliance with the Time Bandit has blossomed into a genuine friendship with Johnathan Hillstrand – even turning to him for “therapy” on the Bering Sea. Bairdi season posed another set of challenges for the vulnerable captain. Plagued by rough weather and low numbers, Keith’s woes were further compounded by his bait boys who routinely neglected to prep the bait station. In a desperate attempt to change his fortune, Keith appealed to his daughter to perform a “crab dance,” a good-luck ritual that has worked in the past. Unfortunately, there was no such luck this time. After consistently pulling low numbers, Keith admitted defeat, opting to turn the helm over to Monte for the remainder of the season. Now, Keith is back. A first-generation crabber, Keith fishes with a chip on his shoulder. His vulnerability and battle with addiction from last year is over, as the skipper has put his life back together with hard work and dedication. The hardened Bering Sea skipper we know and love has returned, and is ready to show the world he means business.


Relief Captain Monte "Mouse" Colburn

Relief Captain Monte "Mouse" Colburn

Age 52 – Incline Village, NV

Despite their differences, Keith has voiced full trust in Monte’s ability, often noting his brother is one of only a handful of guys in the fleet with a Masters 1600-ton captain’s license. Monte also rebuilt the whole engine on the Wizard, about a $100,000 job. He may be the only person on the Wizard capable of calming his erratic brother, but it remains to be seen how much autonomy Monte has earned in Keith’s eyes. Though Keith trusts him, the brothers are often at odds on how things should be run. Monte got a big taste of being in charge during the prep for last king season. With Keith being late, and without an engineer, the bulk of preparing the Wizard to leave Dutch fell on Monte’s shoulders. And when Keith couldn’t drive the boat out to the grounds, it was Monte who again stepped up for his older brother. After relieving Keith in the middle of bairdi season, Monte looked to right the ship. However, the Wizard’s struggles continued, its production further mired with low numbers and careless mistakes from the bait boys. As morale plummeted, Monte was ultimately forced to mediate a growing feud between his bait boys. A steady presence amidst the rough waters, Monte remained patient and, after hitting a honey hole of crab, reached the quota. As the new season approaches, the burden of responsibility falls on Monte to continue holding the operation together.


Captain Sean Dwyer

Captain Sean Dwyer

Age 24, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

At 24 years old, Sean Dwyer of the Brenna A is the youngest captain in the fleet. Sean has been a commercial fisherman since he was a kid, shadowing his dad, Pat, and absorbing everything he could. He spent three years on the Brenna A’s sister vessel, the Jennifer A, where he was the engineer (Sean holds a degree in Diesel Engine Maintenance). Now that he has achieved his father’s dying wish of returning the Brenna A to the crabbing grounds, all that remains to be seen is if he can succeed. During the rush to get the boat ready, Sean established himself as a firm, but fair, leader of a misfit crew with minimal fishing experience. Though they’re still getting up to speed, Sean has a soft spot for his crew – affectionately dubbing them “the Lost Boys.” After struggling to meet his bairdi quota, Sean was determined to exceed expectations for opies season. Once he hit the water, Sean pushed the crew to grind, leading with resolve and poise well beyond his years. Despite his success, Sean’s future will be dependent upon his ability to adapt. Changing weather conditions and a fishery at risk threatens to derail the young skipper’s career if he can’t evolve.


Captain Sig Hansen

Captain Sig Hansen

Age 50, Shoreline, WA

One of the most irrepressible captains ever to tackle the Bering Sea, Sig ventured into Season 12 with his trademark gusto, swagger, and veteran savvy. After quickly meeting his king quota, Sig returned to helm the Northwestern for opies but was besieged with merciless weather and multiple equipment setbacks. Sig’s veteran crew resiliently battled the elements, but eventually began to wear down. In desperate need of another hand, Sig turned to his daughter, Mandy, to assist the ailing vessel. However, shortly after her arrival, an electrical fire erupted in the engine room, temporarily crippling the ship and mandating costly repairs. Falling behind on his quota, Sig doubled-down to make up for lost time. The escalating stress of the grind ultimately proved overbearing, and Sig suffered a major heart attack. Although the doctors were fortunately able to treat Sig in time, his prognosis was grim – Sig had barely escaped a stress-induced heart attack that doctors referred to as “the Widowmaker.” In order to avoid another attack, Sig had to subscribe to a new lifestyle of prescription drugs, and ideally one without cigarettes, but he has yet to kick the habit. Sig approaches the new season with genuine concerns: Does he still possess the requisite stamina to weather the unforgiving sea? His livelihood and, more importantly, his life may depend on it.


Captain "Wild" Bill Wichrowski

Captain "Wild" Bill Wichrowski

Age 59, San Carlos, Mexico

Once notorious amongst the fleet for being a rugged maverick, Wild Bill’s age continues to show in his softened demeanor (as well as his silvering mane). Over the past few years, “Wild” Bill has conducted himself more like “Mild” Bill, though the random imbecile deckhand still draws his ire. Absent for much of Zack’s childhood, Bill has recently begun cultivating a relationship with him, and believes that Zack has the potential to move into the wheelhouse – but Bill manages to create conflict with Zack at every turn, and has seemingly driven Zack away from the boat for this kings season, and most likely opies. Bill often favors Nick McGlashan, an ambitious deckhand who shows initiative to seize the coveted captain’s chair. Last season, during several equipment malfunctions, Bill noticed that Nick would not hesitate to fix the problems while Zack watched from the sidelines. Bill seemed unable to motivate his son, who finally admitted that he has long-standing resentments with his father. Bill now questions if he can successfully pass the torch to Zack or if he has to reluctantly concede that his son has decided to forge his own path. His father-son issues aside, Bill needs to make sure his first season as owner operator goes off without a hitch.


Austin Brockie

Austin Brockie

SG Deckhand – Age 20, Bellingham, Wash.

At age 20, Austin will be the youngest crewmember on board the Saga. Though young, Austin is not new to the trade and has experience in fishing halibut and dungeness. But last season was Austin’s first time out on the Bering Sea. Amidst the rough waters and Jake’s crew of hardened veterans, Austin held his own and showed Jake that he has the potential to be a strong fisherman. Crew spots are in high demand, and Austin demonstrated that he had earned his place on the boat. Austin hopes to apply the lessons he learned and make further strides in his career as means to support his two-year-old daughter with Jake’s niece back home.


Axel Hillstrand

Axel Hillstrand

TB Deckhand – Age 25, Anchor Point, Alaska

This is Axel’s fifth year on the Time Bandit, and his responsibilities are growing. Though much of his time has been spent quietly at the bait station over the years, he has since graduated to the stack, tossing the hook, and most recently, the hydros. He has salmon tendered with his dad, Neal, and is a tenacious worker. Expect Axel, Eddie and Phillip (who all grew up together) to be their naturally young, goofy selves as they continue to rise up as true fishermen.


Clark Pederson

Clark Pederson

NW Greenhorn – Age 29, Vancouver, WA

A graduate of Washington State University as well as the California Maritime Academy, Clark has his Third Mate Unlimited License and now looks to complement his education with real-world experience. Clark works at Shaver Transportation on the Columbia River as a deckhand/captain-in-training and aspires to join the Columbia River Pilots, as well as the American Professional Mariners Association to provide maritime pilotage services to all ports on the lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Although his fishing experience is limited – having only participated in salmon tendering this past summer – Clark joins the Northwestern as the new greenhorn of the boat. Along with Karl, Clark will add some young blood to a boat comprised of salty, hardened veterans. Look for Sig to initiate Clark to the Northwestern, while keeping a watchful and critical eye over him. Clark has a lot to prove to Sig, not only as a greenhorn, but also as Mandy’s boyfriend.


Craig Leake

Craig Leake

BA Engineer – Age 55, Seattle, Wash.

An old-school fisherman, Craig started crabbing in 1980, but stopped several years later due to the brutal conditions of the job. On one of his trips, for example, his captain would roll forward the clock, claiming that the crew had slept six hours when they had actually only slept two. Unable to turn his back on his trade, Craig eventually returned to the sea and started black cod pot fishing from the Gulf of Alaska to San Diego, often working 60-70 hours straight. As the former engineer on the Jennifer A, Craig is looking forward to relinquishing his engineering duties and serving as a deckhand. After kings, Craig plans to return to the Jennifer A and resume his role as the engineer for opies.


Dave Felton

Dave Felton

SG Deckhand – Age 36, Friday Harbor, Wash.

Dave and Jake have been friends for the past 10 years, and while he’s a master sandblaster, steel worker, and welder, Dave has never worked on a crab boat or been in rough seas before. This greenhorn will start at the bait station, but will be a handy man for Jake to have on board with all the mechanical issues on the Saga – especially with the hydro malfunction last season that resulted in a wrecking ball pot. In the pre-season, Dave sandblasted and painted the Saga, consulted with Jake on needed repairs, and made some repairs, including reinforcing the shelter wall. The biggest problem Dave sees on board is the testy launcher. Dave is married with three sons, and he and his wife have taken in a 16-year-old girl from a family friend, and are helping make sure she’s ready for college, for which she has received a scholarship. “I’ve had a lot of hard times in my life, so don’t want someone else to go through that.”


Dean Gribble

Dean Gribble

SG Deckhand – Age 34, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

Dean met Jake when he first started fishing on the NW, and lives down the street from both Jake and Edgar. Dean has been crabbing pretty much full-time since he graduated high school, and experienced the derby. He was working on the F/V Sea Rover when the F/V Big Valley was sinking. The Sea Rover was the first rescue vessel on the scene, and Dean was the guy who spotted men in a raft, after his crew had seen floating empty survival suits and began to lose hope. He has had his fair share of injuries, from being smashed by a pot to working through three opies trips with a broken finger.


Eddie "Eddie JR." Uwekoolani III

Eddie "Eddie JR." Uwekoolani III

TB Deckhand – Age 25, Alaska

Eddie Jr. joined the Time Bandit as a greenhorn in the 2011 opilio season after spending two summers salmon tendering on the boat with his dad. Eddie Jr. is divorced (his wife took his favorite possession: the rice cooker) and he has a young son, Edward Uwekoolani IV. As a greenhorn, Eddie was the target of numerous pranks, but impressed the crew by working through the pain. Eddie is unsure if he wants to make a career on the harsh Bering Sea, but so far he’s been keeping up with pace and paying his dues.


Eddie "Eddie SR." Uwekoolani JR

Eddie "Eddie SR." Uwekoolani JR

TB Deckhand – Age 50, Hawaii

A long-time friend and schoolmate of all the Hillstrands, Eddie has been crabbing for over 20 years. Eddie is divorced with four kids, and his 25-year-old son, Eddie Jr., has fished with him on the Time Bandit sporadically over the last few years. One of the last members of the Time Bandit’s old guard, Eddie’s been eyeing to spend more time off deck. Retirement, however, is an often short-lived venture for most crabbers because the chance to stack some quick cash always calls them back. This season, Eddie provides another stalwart veteran presence on the Time Bandit who can further mold the young deckhands – the next generation of fisherman – to successfully carry on the trade. During this past summer, Eddie Jr. was in an accident and broke multiple bones, so it is uncertain if he will be on deck this season.


Edgar Hansen

Edgar Hansen

NW Relief Skipper/Deck Boss – Age 45, Mountlake Terrace, WA

When Edgar first came on the boat in the 80s, Sig described him as a “flunky” and not very dependable. But Edgar has successfully manned the deck of the Northwestern as deck boss/engineer for decades, proving to be a dependable #2. He’s got the aches, bruises, and ailments to prove it. Last season, Edgar took over the boat for bairdi season, bringing his son, Erik, on board as a deckhand. Despite his concerns, Erik did not suffer any catastrophes on deck – but the same cannot be said for Edgar in the wheelhouse. Throughout the trip, the crew constantly questioned Edgar’s decisions, and tension mounted. The conflict came to a head when Mavar, fearing that Edgar would not suspend fishing during a dangerous storm, called Sig to undermine his authority. Despite his strained relationships with the crew, Edgar dutifully returned to his role as deck boss/engineer for opies season while Sig helmed the wheel. When an electrical fire broke out in the engine room, it was Edgar who came to the rescue. He risked his life to staunch the flames and then worked tirelessly to reroute power, bringing the crippled vessel back to life. As the new season approaches and Sig grapples with newfound health concerns, the pressure is on Edgar to shore up his brother’s faith in him, further step up in a leadership role, and prove himself in the captain’s chair.


Freddy Maugatai

Freddy Maugatai

TB Deckhand – Age 41, Unalaska, Alaska

First one on deck, last one to leave, this Samoan stud’s work ethic is exactly what a captain would want in a deckhand. Freddy seamlessly meshed with the stout crew of the Wizard until he drank too much and missed the Wizard’s departure for bairdi. Feeling disrespected, Captain Monte Colburn fired him. The Wizard’s loss is the Time Bandit’s gain. Brought on to the already crowded deck, Johnathan hoped Freddy would whip his young crew into shape. And he did … but his pride in working hard also turned him into a bit of a rail hog. Still Freddy remains a positive force to the young crew on deck, even taking greenhorn Phillip under his wing. Freddy’s positive energy and spontaneity (he once jumped onto a dead walrus at sea) should continue to fit right in with the Time Bandit. Look to Freddy for great, positive, and unpredictable moments on deck.


Gary Soper

Gary Soper

WZ First Mate/Deck Boss – Age 53, Anchorage, Alaska

If there is one person Keith can rely on to keep his crew on point, it is longtime first mate and deck boss Gary Soper. With over 20 years of fishing experience, Soper has been for the Wizard exactly what he has tattooed on his right arm: an anchor. The grizzled and hardened hand is known for his relentless hazing of greenhorns and his propensity for the occasional dirty joke. As a mainstay on the Wizard, Soper receives the entire crew’s respect. Last year, with the departure of Freddy and Lenny, Soper found himself increasingly taking on the role of teacher, helping the self-appointed “Dream Team” to learn the rail, the hydros, and the deck to keep the Wizard running. Expect Soper to remain a tireless staple on the Wizard deck, accompanied by his dry quips and honest commentary.


Hannes M. Huswick

Hannes M. Huswick

SG Deckhand – Age 33, Lake Stevens, Wash.

Fellow Norwegian Hannes came on last opies and quickly became a dependable part of the SG crew. Hannes was brought on to replace Jaime – a friend of Jake’s who he had to let go for shoddy work, insubordination, and coming to the boat intoxicated. Hannes has fished in Bristol Bay for sockeye salmon aboard the F/V United. Slowly but surely, Jake is working to build a stable crew, and it’s possible that nice-but-no-bullshit Hannes will be a big part of that.


Hunter Cooper

Hunter Cooper

SMB Deckhand – Age 23, Anchor Point, Alaska

Hunter has fished his entire life, primarily on his family’s salmon boats. He has never earned a paycheck that was not from commercial fishing. Along with his friend and fellow deckhand, Ronnie, Hunter initially impressed Bill and the crew, who dubbed them the “Swedish Twins.” Last season, despite his strong work ethic, Hunter experienced his fair share of growing pains. Fatigued from the grind, Hunter fell asleep during a wheel watch, a mistake that incurred a scolding from Bill. Later, while training on the rail with Zack, Hunter snagged his finger on the pot and was unable to work on deck while it healed. As the new season approaches, Hunter will look to further grow and establish himself as a dependable deckhand for years to come


Jacob "JJ" James

Jacob "JJ" James

WZ Greenhorn – Age 20, Cashmere, WA

JJ came to the Wizard with no commercial fishing experience, through a recommendation by former DC deckhand Mike Fourtner. He didn’t know any knots and the biggest wave he had ever seen was below his knee on a lake. What he lacked in experience, he made up for with his enthusiasm. He survived Kings season, but not without the usual greenhorn blues (“the work is tough, the pain is constant, and I’m everyone’s whipping boy”). During bairdi season, JJ began to assert himself on deck and became embroiled in a feud with another deckhand Paintchips over bait station responsibilities. The conflict came to a head when JJ froze Paintchips’ boots, prompting Captain Monte to intervene and cool the rivalry. As the new season approaches, and with Paintchips gone, the crew expects JJ to make strides on deck and fulfill his responsibilities – but it remains to be seen if JJ has matured enough to be up to the task.


Jason Jenks

Jason Jenks

BA Deckhand – Age 34, Seattle, Wash.

Jason Jenks (who goes by “Jenks” since he grew up in a town of seven Jasons) is another recruit from the Jennifer A. He’s fished his whole life – most recently dungeness which was “pretty damn brutal” – but this will be his first time on the Bering Sea. He enjoys his 3-months-on-3-months-off schedule and likes hanging with his girlfriend, camping, and playing a ton of video games because he’s “a huge nerd” who loves Star Wars. He’s a laid back guy who doesn’t mind just doing what he’s told, and is quick to laugh.


James Tommy

James Tommy

TB Deckhand – Age 36, Seattle, Wash.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, James Tommy is a fishing veteran whose experience mostly resides in the cod long-lining and crab fisheries. He first started fishing in Alaska 11 years ago. James has been on the straight and narrow ever since serving a 5-year prison sentence for robbery and assault that he committed when he was 17 years old. In his free time, James likes to draw freehand and design and ink tattoos. He is a single dad who has two small children – a 3-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy – who he loves to see when he is not at sea. This past September while preparing for his third season with the Time Bandit, James suffered a serious injury when he fell off the mast.


Karl Rasmussen

Karl Rasmussen

NW Greenhorn – Age 24, Everett, WA

Karl is the grandson of one of the Northwestern’s quota moguls, which is how he found his way on to the family fishing vessel. It also helps that he’s Norwegian. The youngblood amongst a sea of old veterans, Karl joined the crew in Season 11 and became an integral part of the crew. Being a salmon boat owner and having some experience brown crab fishing made Karl not the greenest of greenhorns. Likable for his easy laugh and humble demeanor, the crew appreciates Karl – even though he talks too much sometimes. Sig and company believe in investing in the Northwestern crew, both personally and financially, to keep them around for the long haul. So as long as Karl is looking to stay in crabbing, it looks like the Northwestern might be his new home for some time. As Karl continues to step up, Sig has given him more responsibility on deck. Like all his deckhands, Sig expects Karl to be on the Northwestern for years to come.


Matt Bradley

Matt Bradley

NW Deckhand – Age 44, Seattle, WA

Matt Bradley always vows never to return to crabbing on the Northwestern, but he usually does – usually to help supplement his e-cig vapor business. While he’s returning for the relatively easy and lucrative kings season, he says he’ll always work if they need help. When Sig gave the boat over to Edgar for bairdi last season, Matt Bradley came back to his home away from home, helping to make up for the absence of Edgar on deck. While Matt is at sea, he still runs his e-cig vapor store with his wife (and sobriety partner), when he can get online. Matt’s goal is to ultimately leave crabbing, which is okay with Sig, who thinks Matt’s life back home affects his work when he’s on the boat. But on the Bering Sea, it never hurts to have a reliable crewmember up your sleeve.


Neal Hillstrand

Neal Hillstrand

TB Engineer – Age 49, Anchor Point, Ala.

Although he’s occasionally called the “Night Nazi” by the crew, of all the Hillstrands on the Time Bandit, Neal is by far the quietest. The former deckhand is usually in charge of boat maintenance and cooking duties, though last season he hauled almost 50% of the pots. Neal is generally reserved, but with his son, Axel, and now his other son Phillip on the crew (periodically), maybe Neal will open up about their relationship and their futures on the Time Bandit. It’s also very possible he will remain silent, except when lighting the occasional firecracker. Though he helped get the boat ready for departure last year, Neal was absent for kings, handing over his engineering duties to Eddie Sr. But it’s a possibility he could this year return to take the reins for a trip or two.


Nick Mavar

Nick Mavar

NW Deckhand – Age 51, Anacortes, WA

Even-tempered Nick helps balance out all the big personalities of the Northwestern, which he’s been doing since they were kids. You’ll never see Nick lose his temper or pick a fight – although he doesn’t shy away from expressing his opinion, most notably this past bairdi season when he expressed disappointment in Edgar as captain, claiming he would never work for him again. In another honest moment, Nick conceded that last season was one of the roughest he had ever weathered on the Bering Sea, compounded even more so by Sig’s near-fatal heart attack. While Nick is a reliable deckhand with tons of experience, he recently turned 51, so his days on deck are numbered, and witnessing Sig battle for his health has prompted him to put his career and life in perspective. Nick is also a seasoned captain with a salmon boat of his own, and when Sig’s back is against the wall, Sig calls on Nick for fishing strategy and advice.


Nick McGlashan

Nick McGlashan

SMB Deck Boss – Age 29, Missoula, Mont.

This will be Nick’s fifth full season working with Wild Bill, having quickly gained Bill’s respect due to his “old-school derby style.” Born and raised in Akutan, Alaska, Nick grew up crabbing on the Bering Sea with his father, Bruce, who is also a longtime friend of Bill’s. Nick has a wealth of experience, but he’s also a clown who loves to make people laugh on deck, often at the expense of others. If someone is not doing their job, he will surely give them hell for it. Bill feels Nick has the capability to run a boat, but believes that “you can’t be a captain if you’re drinking to Nick’s level.” Despite his previous history of showing up to the dock intoxicated, Nick is still an asset to Bill on deck – the only thing that spared him from being fired for being a liability on land. Last season, Nick was quick to show initiative, quickly fixing equipment malfunctions and seizing opportunities to log hours in the wheelhouse. As the new season approaches, Nick has an opportunity to further solidify his position as the heir apparent if he can prove to Bill that he will not backslide into his self-destructive tendencies.


Norman Hansen

Norman Hansen

NW Engineer/Deckhand – Age 49, Shoreline, WA

Norman Hansen aka “The Quiet Storm” is a man of mystery. He gets his job done the same way every year – with little conflict and even fewer on-camera comments. Norm is as hardworking as he is soft-spoken, the latter being in line with Norwegian fishermen from the Old Country. We learned that Norman has a warrior-like shot with a rifle when he and Edgar competed against each other shooting clays off the rail; Norman has also hunted deer, elk, cougar and bear. The man behind the curtain recently got married, so we know he can say, “I do.” Ask him about cars, car sound systems (he once spent $14,000), fixing cars, or building vodka stills. He and Sig used to drag race back in their fistfight hey day — Sig in his El Camino, and Norman in his Camaro — and they used to listen to Iron Maiden’s 666 album with friends in Norman’s room. See, he’s just a regular guy.


Ole Helgevold

Ole Helgevold

SG Engineer / Relief Skipper – Age 65, Anchorage, Alaska

“If there’s a bounty on its shell, I’ve fished it,” longtime fisherman Ole says. The most veteran of Jake’s veteran crew, Ole started crabbing in 1972. He fished with Sig Hansen’s dad, Sverre, and once spent four hours evading Russian capture while fishing for opies. Ole and his boat, the Arctic Dawn, were even featured on America’s Deadliest Season, the progenitor to Deadliest Catch. Those are just some of the highlights to his long and storied career. Ole has been out of the game a little while, but after splitting from his wife, he has come out of retirement to return to what he knows best: crabbing. Last season, Ole was the chief on the Saga as a favor to longtime friend and boat owner, Lenny Herzog. He also provided crucial support for Jake, imparting his wisdom and experience to the young captain. Ole once again plans to be on board and draw upon his wealth of experience to advise Jake as a mentor and friend.


Per Nesselquist

Per Nesselquist

BA Greenhorn – Age 25, Seattle, Wash.

Sean’s friend since they were 2 years old, Per felt honored and proud to have been Sean’s first choice as the greenhorn for the return of the Brenna A to crabbing last year. An avid rock climber, Per hopes that the crabbing profession can fund his outdoor passion. Last season, Per started as a very green greenhorn, with just 2 ½ months of factory trawler experience. Despite being at the bottom of the pecking order, Per maintained a positive attitude and shrugged it off with a smile and a bad joke (and once even slurped down cod guts as punishment for missing a hook toss!). Exhibiting the requisite grit for the job, Per managed to continue working after a rib injury from a bait bag. When Sean elected to fire an incompetent deckhand, Per stepped up to help fill the void, steadily ascending the ranks. As the new season approaches, look for Per to continue maturing as a vital contributor to the Brenna A while embracing the adventure on the high seas.


Phillip Hillstrand

Phillip Hillstrand

TB Greenhorn – Age 27, Anchor Point, Alaska

With his previous season cut short due to a hand-crushing injury, Phillip returned last year wanting to show everyone that he was just sidelined by an unfortunate circumstance, and he has what it takes to carry on the family legacy. While the young greenhorn claimed that, if he got injured again, it would be the end of his crabbing career, his return season started out just as he hoped – uneventful. But during opies, a pot door slammed into his head, breaking skin. Fortunately, the injury was minor, but it served as a sharp reminder to Phillip to exercise caution on deck as he continues his apprenticeship in the family trade.


Robby Schlosstein

Robby Schlosstein

WZ Deckhand – Age 32, Tacoma, WA

Brought on by his brother, Roger, to replace a bum greenhorn, Robby has proved he’s from the same reliable stock as his older kin. Robby has officially become part of the Wizard’s solid crew of salty sea dogs. Expect Robbie to keep his head down and get the job done, but not without some grumbling along the way, especially if he thinks he’s getting a bum deal. Last year, the absence of Freddy allowed Robby to expand his role on deck. Keith is expecting Robby to learn a lot quickly, but Robby – along with the rest of the “Dream Team” – has expressed some doubts about a lifetime career as a fisherman. Could the added pressure cause him to break?


Roger Schlosstein

Roger Schlosstein

WZ Deckhand – Age 33, Tacoma, WA

Since joining the Wizard four years ago for opies fishing, Roger has proven to be a solid hand. He earned a coveted Wizard jacket at the end of his first season, a sign that Keith sees Roger as a long-term guy for his company. His hard work made him a respected member of the Wizard crew. Roger has stepped up, turning into the type of “go-to” guy that Keith looks for. He’s able to work the rail, count crab, and help in the engine room. The oldest member of the self-appointed “Dream Team,” Keith expects the most out of Roger, hoping he’ll quickly step up to fill the vacuum left by Freddy and Lenny’s departure. If Roger wants to continue on the track, he’ll need to become a licensed Assistant Engineer, something he has expressed interest in pursuing, even though he has yet to take the necessary steps. Roger did take a pretty big step this summer though – he got hitched.


Ronnie James

Ronnie James

SMB Deckhand – Age 23, Ninilchik, Alaska

The other half of the “Swedish Twins,” Ronnie previously tendered herring and salmon aboard the F/V Kona Kai. Impressed with his diligence, Zack offered Ronnie the greenhorn spot that was notoriously held by woeful performers who lacked prior crabbing experience. For the most part, Ronnie bucked the trend, meeting Wild Bill’s expectations, despite a few missteps along the way. One such misstep – neglecting to toss the buoys far away from the boat – resulted in them becoming entangled in the props, forcing Bill to head to town for repairs. As the new season looms, Ronnie will get another shot to take the lessons he has learned from his inaugural season and further establish himself within the crew. Watch out for Ronnie on wheel watch, as he’s been known to not only fall asleep, but also sleepwalk.


Sean Dunlop

Sean Dunlop

SG Deckhand – Age 49, Westport, Wash.

Sean started fishing right out of high school after a friend showed him just how lucrative it could be. That was roughly 30 years ago, and he has been doing it ever since. Recently, Sean had been fishing dungeness crab to dismal results, and was more than happy to accept Jake’s offer to come aboard the Saga last season. Despite all the drama, Sean is returning to the Saga this year. He loves being on deck, preferring to sweat and work it out with his brothers than to sit in the stuffy wheelhouse. Despite his affection for fishing, Sean considers it the ultimate love-hate relationship: “When I’m out there I hate it, but when I’m home I miss it. It calls to me.” Like any veteran fisherman, Sean has lots of tales to tell, especially from the frenzied derby days of crabbing. Sean was tested last season when the hydraulic boom intermittently lost power, causing the suspended pot to sway like a wrecking ball. This season, Sean will continue to provide an important veteran presence on deck, even more important for a boat looking to rebound.


Thomas Marcisso

Thomas Marcisso

WZ Engineer – Age 24, Westbrook, ME

A graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy, Thomas comes to the Wizard high on education, but low on fishing experience. Recently, Thomas worked on a drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. He initially heard about engineer opening on the Wizard through a friend of a friend. Although Thomas has traveled in big seas, it has been aboard large vessels, so he does not know how he will fare on a smaller ship and anticipates that he might become sea sick. Though Thomas got his feet wet as the engineer of the Wizard during salmon tendering, this upcoming Kings season will be the first time that he has gone crabbing. Despite being the ship’s engineer, Thomas expects to work on deck, most likely at the bait station, which is typically reserved for the lowly greenhorn. Joining the old-school Wizard deck, Thomas represents a new generation of fishermen – highly educated in maritime academics, and complete with license – but lacking the nuts-and-bolts practical experience accumulated from a career at sea.


Tim Boles

Tim Boles

SMB Engineer – Age 44, Wasilla, Alaska

Tim worked for a spell on the Saga last year – as a deckhand, not an engineer like he’ll be on the Summer Bay – but the drama was a little too much for this old-school fisherman. His first crabbing season was in 1989, and he’s fished religiously ever since. But experience comes at a price: Smooth seas do not make skilled sailors. Tim has plenty of stories of crewmembers who have died due to carelessness, both on their own and as a result of other people. It is one of the reasons why he left his old boat, the F/V Ocean Fury. Tim has engineered on just a few other boats, but he is confident in his skills. “My proving days are over. My work speaks for itself.”


Tirey Cordrey

Tirey Cordrey

Tirey Cordrey – Age 31, Seattle, Wash.

Tirey (named after his grandfather) has fished for seven years. Two years ago, while fishing in Bristol Bay, Tirey asked Sean for a job and the rest is history. Last year brought a lot of firsts to his career: Opies was his first time crabbing and last summer was his first time as a boat engineer. Despite the challenges of the Bering Sea, Tirey performed admirably, keeping the Brenna A steady ahead through the rough waters. Even though he’s only worked for Sean a short time, it has not stopped Tirey from throwing his full support behind the young captain, who he considers a friend both on and off the boat. Tirey definitely has the makings of a company man — he moved to Seattle just to be closer to the boat’s base of operation. If Tirey is able to handle the inevitable problems that will arise while fishing on the Bering Sea, he could have a job on the Brenna A for years to come.


Tony "Boneyard" Bundy

Tony "Boneyard" Bundy

BA Deckhand – Age 34, Anchorage, Alaska

In the absence of an established hierarchy on deck, Tony has taken on the mantle of deck boss of the Brenna A. With 16 years of fishing experience under his belt, he is the most experienced hand on the deck. Tony has fished kings and opies, and more recently spent four years fishing dungeness crab out of San Francisco. Sean originally offered this spot to Tony’s brother, however, when his brother had to pass, Tony called Sean to see if he could help out. With a 4-year old son at home, Tony is looking to make a home for himself on the Brenna A for seasons to come. As his nickname “Boneyard” suggests, Tony provides a salty, grizzled veteran presence onboard the Brenna A. Although he does not always see eye to eye with Sean, he respects the young captain and his tireless work ethic to get the job done.


Tyler Gateman

Tyler Gateman

WZ Deckhand – Age 26, Vashon Island, WA

Tyler joined the Wizard two years ago, and survived a brutal prank where 1,000 pounds of cod got dumped over his head. The Wizard crew must feel bad for almost killing Tyler with their hazing, as he turned out to be the only greenhorn who could keep pace with the veterans. Tyler proved himself a solid deckhand and hard-working bait boy, earning him a returning spot on the work-heavy Wizard. The final member of the self-appointed “Dream Team,” Tyler has enjoyed his expanded duties on deck in the wake of Freddy’s departure. Although he is still sometimes tasked with greenhorn duties – especially when the bait boys are slacking – he is glad to have passed the mantle of being the official greenhorn to JJ. Look to Tyler to bring some levity and wisecracks to the serious, work-focused Wizard deck.


Wyatt Harshfield

Wyatt Harshfield

TB Greenhorn – Age 19, Homer, Alaska

A late addition to the crew, Wyatt came aboard the Time Bandit during opies season to relieve deckhand Kyle Dyerly, who returned home for his wife’s delivery. Having grown weary of school, Wyatt had elected to pursue a career as a fisherman, and working on the Time Bandit presented him a great opportunity. Initially, Wyatt proved to be the quintessential greenhorn – full of enthusiasm, but unaccustomed to the nuances of working on the deck of a fishing vessel. Under the watchful eye of Johnathan and Freddy, Wyatt gradually learned the ropes and, near the end of the trip, even successfully tossed the hook from the rail. As the new season approaches, Wyatt has the opportunity to


Zack Larson

Zack Larson

CC Deckhand/Engineer – Age 32, San Carlos, Mexico

As a member of Wild Bill’s bloodline, and now the oldest on the crew, expectations for Zack as a fisherman are very high. Initially, Zack struggled to embrace the life at sea and he threw in the towel multiple times. Last season, Bill encouraged Zack to step up and ask more questions in the wheelhouse, in hopes of Zack being able to one day take over his operation, but friction ensued and their season ended with a big blow-up. Wild Bill’s way of doing things isn’t Zack’s way – which could keep Zack out of the wheelhouse more than anything. Despite Zack helping his father this past summer, his future is unknown. It is still uncertain if Zack will work with Bill again, or if they have parted ways for good.


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