‘Deadliest Catch’: Keith Colburn Said ‘Sensational’ Parts are ‘Less Than What Occurred’

by Joe Rutland

If you have seen Deadliest Catch before, then you know a lot of action is shown on the show. Keith Colburn offers a reality check, though.

Colburn has been one of the captains during the history of that Discovery Channel show. He talked about his reality check it in an interview with Crab Wizard.

“More times than not, the really sensational footage they get is less than what occurred,” Colburn said. “And that’s because the still cameras are covered in water and they aren’t getting the moment.

“And the camera guy on deck is cowering and is in a position where he’s in a safe location,” he said.

“Or the camera guy in the wheelhouse has to shut down because I don’t have time to talk or answer a simple, stupid, or even a real question,” the Deadliest Catch captain said. “Most of the biggest events that happen, multiply that by 3 or 4 and that’s what really happened.

“And remember we’re dealing with a pitching and rolling boat,” he said. “And even though it looks gnarly on TV, it’s much worse in real life. It’s something that’s impossible to capture.”

Colburn has been on Deadliest Catch since the show’s third season. He oversees the king crab season, while his brother Monte will captain the F/V Wizard during the Opilio seasons.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Called One Wild Bill Decision ‘Mind-Boggingly Stupid’

Now that he’s offered his two cents on what is shown to TV viewers, let’s see what led Colburn to call into question a decision made by Wild Bill Wichrowski.

Again, this is about Deadliest Catch. During an interview with TV Shows Ace, Colburn aired his frustrations about the F/V Summer Bay captain’s decision-making process. This was around Wichrowski fishing in Russia during one episode.

Colburn said the reason Wild Bill didn’t want to talk about it is “because I’ve been a very strong advocate for shutting down illegal fishing coming out of Russia.”

The Deadliest Catch captain says, “Russia has damaged our crab markets more than anything over the last 25 years and is battling back in Washington, D.C. for 25 years to really stop the flood of illegal King crab fishing coming in from Russia.

“So to hear that Bill’s going over there and going to the enemy camp to potentially be a consultant to help them find a way to catch more crab for me is absolutely mind-bogglingly stupid,” Colburn said.

Wichrowski has only been on Deadliest Catch since the show’s 13th season. Keith Colburn has been around a lot longer. Still, if you are going out on the Bering Sea during crab season, then it would appear that you’d know the rules of the water. Especially when it involves Russia.