Fans of “Deadliest Catch” have grown accustomed to seeing Captain “Wild” Bill Wichrowski atop the swells of the Bering Sea. Recently, however, he left his boat behind, posting an Instagram photo from atop the clouds. The longtime “Deadliest Catch” personality wrote an appropriately inspirational caption to accompany the high-flying picture.
Since 2010, Captain Bill Wichrowski has appeared on “Deadliest Catch.” Over the past decade, he has been in nearly 150 episodes, and while he’s not quite as wild as he used to be, he’s no less motivated to achieve his goals. For a long while, that was owning and operating his own boat. He finally accomplished that with his purchase of the Summer Bay.
Wichrowski has been on a long journey to this point, and he’s encouraging others to keep their eye on the prize.
“Regardless of how uphill the journey, remember your goals,” Wichrowski captioned the photo.
“Bill, you have been through so much. So much respect to you and your crew for persevering through it all,” one fan commented on the post.
“Great Words to live by Cap’n,” another wrote.
How Did the ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Earn the Nickname ‘Wild’ Bill?
Let’s just say Bill Wichrowski’s life hasn’t always been as peaceful as it is above the clouds. In the days before “Deadliest Catch,” a young Bill was scraping and clawing his way through the world of Alaskan crab fishing.
He recalled a time decades ago when a few of Bill’s crew members got out of line. According to Hillstrand, they put people in the hospital, and Bill wasn’t having any of that.
“So, Bill came down, got his AR-15 cocked it, shot a couple of rounds out the window, and said, ‘Alright, everybody come around the table. Put your hands on the table.’ And everyone with bloody hands, he went around and broke their hands with the stock of the gun and they were fired. That’s why they call him ‘Wild’ Bill,” said Hillstrand.
Larry King looked shocked by the revelation. For Wild Bill, however, it was a matter of course.
“They were going to eject us from town. They were going to tell us that we weren’t allowed to bring the vessel back to town anymore. We couldn’t home base there, put any crab there. And that was going to change us financially,” Wichrowski explained.
Fortunately, the days of the Alaskan crab fishing “Wild West” are only a memory. These days, Bill isn’t breaking hands as much as he’s encouraging others to pursue their goals.