‘Deadliest Catch’: What Keith Colburn is Thinking About at Start and End of Crab Season

by Joe Rutland

There is little doubt that Deadliest Catch star Keith Colburn has stuff on his mind. What is he focusing on before and after a season?

Well, he fills in the blanks thanks to an interview with Hollywood Soapbox.

“Have I put myself and boat in the best possible position to succeed and bring everyone home safe?” Colburn said he thinks about at season’s beginning.

Then, when crab season is over, Colburn just a single goal.

“The only thing that matters is did I get the guys home safe,” the Deadliest Catch captain said. “The rest takes care of itself, and I can’t wait to see my kids and sleep in a bed that’s not constantly moving.” 

Keith Colburn and his brother, Monte, have been part of The Discovery Channel show since its third season. If you want to catch up with episodes you might have missed, then visit the show’s website right here.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Show Captain Talks About ‘Worst’ Mistakes Captains Make

When you talk about Deadliest Catch and what are some of the “worst” mistakes captains make, Keith Colburn has seen it all.

The boat captain said everyone on the show goes to great lengths when it comes to keeping situations at the sea from turning deadly.

Some things like weather issues are out of their hands.

Still, Colburn said emergency situations are the result of an oversight.

“There are so many mistakes, but the worst is not preparing for a worst-case scenario, be it anything from bad fishing to mechanical failures,” Colburn says in an interview with Boating Magazine. “If you don’t have contingency plans, things can get tragic. Boaters can apply this by having a float plan so someone knows where you are.”

Captain Goes Through Extensive List of Safety Procedures While In Port

Another piece that is vital to have is making sure all operational situations have been covered.

Colburn said to “make sure you have a safety talk before you depart to point out safety gear, fire extinguishers, operating basics, and how to use the electronics,” he said. “What happens if the captain hits his head? The crew can’t respond if they don’t where the safety gear is located.”

Yet Colburn also knows he might not be in a spot to help lead the crew to get out of difficult situations. He makes sure that all deckhands are as knowledgeable as him about safety.

There are numerous fail-safes aboard the F/V The Wizard. Colburn prioritizes one piece of emergency gear.

“I am also a huge advocate for wearing life jackets,” Colburn said. “Ask if everyone knows how to swim. If not, make sure they wear a life jacket. ‘Safety First’ is not just a billboard.”