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‘Deadliest Catch’: Captain Keith Colburn Explained How Complicated Filming the Show Can Be

by Quentin Blount
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It may not seem like it, but there is way more that goes on behind the scenes of Deadliest Catch than what meets the eye.

One of the stars of the Discovery Channel show is Keith Colburn. He is a first-generation crabber and as a result, he has always fished with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. For those at home who don’t know, Deadliest Catch is a documentary television series that follows crab fishermen around the Bering Sea. As far as Colburn goes, he always runs a very tight-knit ship. He is often considered one of the angriest captains on the show but that mindset has gotten him to where he is today.

Shooting ‘Deadliest Catch’ Isn’t Easy

However, it is certainly not easy shooting a series like Deadliest Catch. That goes for everyone involved, not just Keith Colburn. He spoke back in June about the complexities of filming the show. Colburn was asked about the sheer physical weight of all that gear being pushed back and forth from the water. Not only that, but he talked about just how big the Bering Sea really is. Turns out there is a lot that he has to deal with in terms of that being his workplace.

He started by explaining the logistics of getting camera crews to each and every boat.

“I mean sometimes, you gamble, and you’re going through an area. And now, you can’t go north, because I’ll tell you a story, right? And this involves the camera guys, as well,” Colburn told NickiSwift.com.

“So we’ve got a couple of guys on board, and one of them [is] supposed to go on Sig’s, and St. Paul, and he’s 80 miles southwest of them — it’s born north east 60 heavy. Okay, if you go from here to the end of your commute to get home, you got to put ice on. Alright. And so it’s like saying, ‘Hey, you need to get my camera guy here.’ The camera guys call and said, ‘Hey, we need to get the camera guy.’ Finally, money on the camera guy has flown in the morning from Burbank or whatever. Monte says, he goes, ‘You know what? If you can put two rockets on the back of this, we can be as good as St. Paul is right now for your camera dude.'”

Colburn Sometimes Expects to be ‘Pinned Down’

As a result, the guys on Deadliest Catch sometimes have their hands tied. Colburn said they have to anticipate being “pinned down” from time to time.

“So, sometimes you just, you’re pinned down, you can’t move. And you have to have that. You have to anticipate that you have to do — there’s so much that goes into all that — which they show some of it on the show, but they don’t show all of what we do. You know, I think if they’re to spin the g****mn wheel back and forth, you know, we got crab.”