‘Deadliest Catch’: Keith Colburn Addressed How Show is ‘Little Different’ From Shows Like ‘Gold Rush’

by Courtney Blackann
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One of the things that fishermen understand is that their industry is dangerous. Traveling hundreds of miles from land means potentially being stranded if something goes horribly wrong. Add in some bad weather and the situation gets much more grave. These things are what make “Deadliest Catch’s” Captain Keith Colburn say the show is different from other dangerous industries – including the miners in “Gold Rush.”

Now, don’t get us wrong. Colburn says he has tons of respect for the Alaskan miners that spend hours in grueling terrain trying to make ends meet. But the proximity fishermen spend away from land, makes their job just a bit more unusual.

In an interview with Crab Wizard, the “Deadliest Catch” captain shares his insights about the industry. When asked about the differences between his Discovery show and others, he has this to say:

“Well, I think the one thing that’s different is that we’re out on the water and we’re hundred of miles from land. And you know, sometimes you have to wait for the storm to blow over and you’re at the whim of Mother Nature. And I think that’s the one big difference between what we do and what other guys do. I don’t want to minimize what the loggers, the truckers, the miners…I don’t want to minimize how hard that job is with the various shows that they’re making. It’s a difficult job. It’s just that it’s a little different because, at the end of the day, they don’t have 40-foot waves coming at them,” he says.

“Deadliest Catch” Star on Filming the Show

And it’s definitely true. While miners face other life-risking issues, they are at least on stable ground. Many “Deadliest Catch” crews are bound to their fishing vessels, often hours and hours from help or land. Additionally, they’re dealing with equipment that could tear their hands off and rough storms. If that’s not enough, the cold weather brings icy storms – which the crews have to fish through if they want a pay check.

Further, injuries or illness while out at sea isn’t met with readily available help. But the job is rewarding for those who are passionate enough to take it on.

Another issue? Managing the camera crew while they’re filming in dangerous conditions. Captain Keith opened up about those issues and how they handle them.

“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.’”