‘Deadliest Catch’: The Hillstrands Once Went Hunting for Mysterious Sea Monster

by Courtney Blackann

Between grueling hours of fishing the deadly Bering Sea and fighting off harsh weather to stay dry, the “Deadliest Catch” crews like to have a little fun. Now when things are going well, this is generally more accepted. From friendly pranks to a bit of hazing, the guys have gotten into some mischief over the years. They’ve also discovered some really creepy things in the water (including possibly a UFO?) However, who can forget when the Hillstrands set out to find the elusive Loch Ness monster?

It was during the 2011 season of “Deadliest Catch” when the Time Bandit brothers Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand admitted the bigger the adventure the better.

“If we’re not crab fishing, you can bet we’re doing something ridiculous,” Jonathan Hillstrand says in a video promotion for the Discovery show. “This time, we’re going to catch a sea monster.”

While the brothers set out to find the famous creature, they see something very suspicious floating in the water. Their excitement mounts as they quip, “It looks just like the Loch Ness Monster!”

Of course, we now know they didn’t exactly solve the age-old mystery. However, their “Deadliest Catch” misadventures are a fun part of being a fisherman and navigating the sea.

Not Every “Deadliest Catch” Star Loves the Fame

A fair amount of fame has followed the “Deadliest Catch” stars. It goes with the territory since the show gained traction. Going on its 18th season, the show definitely has a huge following. And fans have their favored captains as well as their pegged villains.

When Captain Sig Hansen’s daughter Mandy joined the crew, she had no idea what she would be in for. Speaking in a recent interview, the young woman described how being on television can be a bit scarier than one might think.

“It’s so scary. I don’t know what they’re actually going to show on TV. I wanted to go fishing. That was it,” Mandy said. “I didn’t realize it was going [to be] such a big deal, and I’d actually be in the public eye. That’s terrifying for me. But I’m starting to wrap my head around it.”

She was just 18-years-old when she first appeared as a deckhand on “Deadliest Catch.” She held her own as a spritely greenhorn, showing she’s got the chops to make it in the fishing world.

Hansen went on to add:

“I want it to succeed,” Hansen said of the family business. “I want to be a part of it. I don’t want to sit back and just watch it. I want to be on deck with the guys…I don’t want to work at a random company and just have to try to make someone else’s business grow. It’s pride.”