Unable to keep Captain Phil's condition a secret any longer, Murray disobeyed orders and told Captain Phil's sons about their dad's condition. The fleet reacted to the loss of the Ocean Challenger. All four crew are rescued alive, and the ship eventually runs aground and is stranded. On board the Northwestern, Captain Sig Hansen keeps news of the Katmai tragedy from the crew. On the Northwestern, Jake Anderson continues to ponder his missing father as the rest of the crew deals with broken bodies.
An eerie calm passes over the crab grounds, and the captains, who don't know of Phil's fate yet, express their concerns. After 35 straight hours of fishing, the Northwestern succeeded in filling all of the boat's tanks in time to make their new delivery deadline. After all four crew members make it ashore and climb part way up a cliff, the Jayhawk lowers the rescue basket and hoists all four crew members to safety. Paul Island on her one good engine to ride out an approaching storm front. Captain Phil does not make things easy for Josh.
A series of suggested that Captain Phil's condition was more severe than broken ribs and a possible puncture lung and that he required examination by a specialist. The Cornelia Marie gingerly navigated through the edge of the ice pack, driving Phil Harris' blood pressure sky high, but eventually they made it back to open water. The Wizard finally drops the first pots of her season on the southern end of the fishing ground. On board the Time Bandit, the crew finished up a 72 hour grind, though several pots had to be rail dumped because they contained only female and juvenile crab, which can not be legally fished. Fishing on one engine slowed the Farwest Leader, but the boat brought up full pots. Captain Johnathan makes a radio call to Captain Keith on the Wizard to see if he needs another deckhand. A radio call goes out that the Nuka Island, only 600 yards 550 m behind the Northwestern, has rolled 90° to starboard.
The crew of the Time Bandit has some fun as deckhand Scott takes some time behind the wheel to forget about drama back home. At the pre-season captains' dinner, Johnathan Hillstrand proposed a derby-style competition between the boats: Fewest number of pots needed to pull 100,000 pounds of crab. On the Farwest Leader, a junior deckhand at the hydraulic controls caused an accident after failing to secure a pot and then broke the crane line, leaving Captain Greg Moncrief to comment to his wife that such accidents were why it was not safe to stand around the sorting tables while the pots were being emptied onto it. Though the trip to the processor should be the safest part of the trip, Hansen relates the story of the St. But the crew is being dragged down by deckhand Clint, and Wild Bill has to put him in his place. Phil then retires to his stateroom before the offload is complete. At first pots in the string are full, but the count quickly drops off.
He comes down from the wheelhouse to give them a pep talk, telling them to speed up the process so they can plug the tanks and get back in. Finding it empty, Steve checks down in Phil's stateroom and finds him collapsed on the floor. Jeremy hauls bait hard, and Captain Andy decides to teach him how to throw buoys. Blake Painter, still upset about being passed over for the captain's job on the Maverick, expressed his hope that he will still get to pilot the Maverick soon, perhaps as early as the upcoming Opilio season. The next day he draws galley duty, having to deal with Edgar's hazing while trying to prepare breakfast.
The crew suffers a near-miss when a pot snaps free of the crane, and Jake is able to save the pot, but Sig admonishes him to let it go next time in case a hook is swinging free. Relief Captain Murray Gamrath steers the Cornelia Marie to pick up a 15-mile 24 km long string of 90 pots after a 48-hour soak, but instead of the 60 average keepers he was expecting, he gets only a few crab per pot. Discovery Channelin voit tilata omalta operaattoriltasi. When Darrell could not keep up, the crew continued to lose respect for him. The Northwestern finally finished cod fishing and prepared to go crab fishing. A storm brews in the Bering Sea, and the Northwestern hopes to finally catch some luck. The crew of the Northwestern works their 50th straight hour to bring up the last of 10,000 pounds 4,500 kg of crab, capped off with the traditional flaming hook for the last pot of the season.
Captain Keith calls for an abort of the work, but the crew does not hear him and the boat takes a big wave which engulfs the crew. After a 20 hour steam, the Wizard arrives back at Dutch Harbor and the injured crew receive medical attention. Their first pot doesn't look promising, and it also falls out of the dogs. Only after the sixth throw was Bryan able to hook the line. When greenhorn Jason Moilanen was not on deck for the start of the string, Captain Keith gave him some advice on how to cope with the long shifts. Captain Sig feels momentary tightness and acute pain across his chest, but he chooses to keep it from his crew and he continues on at the helm. The Farwest Leader had a lot of deadloss due to their bad engine slowing their pace—some of their crab had been in the hold for 14 days—but still managed to have a good season.
Patrick, whose crew abandoned ship in December 1981 just a few miles from the Kodiak as their boat took on water; only two crew members survived, a loss made even more tragic by the knowledge that the St. Among his crew is former Time Bandit deckhand Russell. Nick tells the news to Jake and the Northwestern heads to St. Captain Keith leaves a message for Monte to see if he is well enough to come back on board. Captain Phil decided to ignore the recommendation and continue fishing.