‘Deadliest Catch’ Crews Face Huge Swells Out on Open Sea

by Courtney Blackann
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One of the things that the “Deadliest Catch” crews understand is they’re going to face some extreme weather out on the open sea. It’s pretty much par for the course while fishing the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. It’s one of the most turbulent bodies of water out there. However, each team has grown accustomed to the ways of commercial fishing.

Further, just because the seas may be rough, doesn’t mean the fishing is bad. Captain Jake Anderson of the Saga and his crew had a bit of fun while working the deck during a storm. Though the fishing vessel is large, it’s thrown about as the “Deadliest Catch” team faces some huge swells. To make matters worse, the crew is trying to reel in some crabbing pots as the waves reach massive heights.

Additionally, Captain Jake realizes he a has a generator that’s gone out and he needs to head back into the harbor in order to get it fixed. As he’s navigating the 10-foot swells, he notes that the waves are rolling in from the west – which will make it hard to get back to shore for the repair.

Another concern the crew has is about being thrown into the rocks as they try to go inland. While Captain Anderson says he doesn’t think the waves are bad enough to push them into the rocks, he’s still cautious as they make their way in.

Deciding to risk the narrow entryway into the bay, Anderson says, “It’s time to be captain,” while lighting a cigarette and heading towards the rocky bay.

“Deadliest Catch” Crew Makes Their Way Inshore

One concern is that if the Saga makes its way into the harbor and it can’t get back out, the waves will surely push them into the jetties. This is something Anderson notes and says he almost wishes he was wearing a life jacket. But the crew is running out of time. They need their generator to be able to fish. And they can’t wait out the weather.

“Nothing makes you feel more vulnerable than going into Saint Paul Harbor,” Anderson says when the crew finally makes it. Breathing a sigh of relief, the team is able to fix their generator and head back out to sea.

Navigating the dangerous waters are a part of the job that can make captains a little nervous. But Captain Jake Anderson has the experience and the cool head to handle it. Further, with a good team behind him, he has the support system in place to walk through any hairy situation.

“Deadliest Catch” is one of the Discovery Channel’s most popular shows. It’s been on the air over a decade and is available for streaming on Discovery Plus.