‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Johnathan Hillstrand Reunites With Brother, Family for Holidays

by Joe Rutland

There’s nothing like reuniting with family during the holidays. Deadliest Catch captain Johnathan Hillstrand will be with them.

Hillstrand, who captains the F/V Time Bandit, let the world know via Twitter his plans.

The Deadliest Catch Twitter account did a quote tweet on his news. Check it all out below.

Longtime fans of the Discovery Channel show know how much of a presence Josh Harris has had over the years.

Back in August, Harris tested positive for COVID-19. He stayed away from his crew and fellow captains until feeling better.

Thankfully, Harris improved and was back in the flow with his work friends. In November, he sent out this photo from his Instagram account.

The show has been on for a total of 286 episodes, as of Sept. 14, 2021.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Hillstrand Needs Someone Like Sig Hansen To Reel Him In

If you think of being out on the Bering Sea and part of Deadliest Catch without a little help, then you’d not make it.

These crews on the show actually watch out for one another. Why? Well, someone might lose their mind and cause serious issues.

This leads to having someone each captain can trust at all times. Especially when stuff hits the fan.

Who is it for Keith Colburn? None other than “Wild Bill” Wichrowski.

As for Hillstrand, he thinks that he needs someone more grounded to keep his head on straight, or, as he claimed “rein him in.” Who does he have in mind? Sig Hansen.

Colburn described a situation in which Hillstrand admitted that he couldn’t trust his crew members. But his reasoning wasn’t because of anything they had done. Hillstrand cannot keep track of his own equipment.

“I think I even saw the one segment where Johnathan said that Sig was asking him if he trusted them or not,” Colburn explained. “And John said no, and Sig was like what? John’s like, ‘Hey, half the time, I don’t even remember where my gear is on the grounds.'”

Hansen Talks About Deciding Where He Will Put His Crab Traps

Sig Hansen has been out crab fishing in the Bering Sea for so long that he’s gotten used to the rhythm of the season.

He did say that he looks for patterns in the fishing migrations.

Hansen was interviewed by Fishing.net about being aware of these things during the season.

“We have noticed trends,” Hansen said. “The Opilio crabs tend to have a northern trend in the populations themselves; the king crabs have more of a western trend for all the populations and there are many schools of crabs moving about out there.

“We try to follow that pattern and we spread the gear out,” he said.