Deadliest Catch fans see a lot of rope go in and out of the deep. So why aren’t there constant knots on the crews’ enormous lines? One experienced fan has the answer.
Though, as in life, it’s never black and white. Occasional knots are always a possibility, but they’re so rare on Deadliest Catch that fans have taken to Reddit to solve the conundrum.
“How come no knots form in all that line?” Redditor peopled_within asks specifically. It’s a fair question.
“They never show them dealing with knots in the line- so what’s going on that when they dump a pot overboard with all that line, it doesn’t foul on itself? Not even loops, ever,” the Deadliest Catch fan asks. “I can’t take straighten a well-coiled electric cord out by pulling on one end without f***ing it all up. How’s that work? I know the coiler makes nice neat stacks but that can’t be all of it. Is the line stiff enough it prevents it, unlike my electric cord?”
Another Redditor wonders the same, saying “Pretty much anything I touch, rope, cord, etc gets tangled up. I had to run 3 miles of electric fence one time, it was horrible.”
That… Does sound horrible. But u/chilliophillio is back spitting some knowledge, and replies “What makes the knots is if it gets thrown over wrong and the line gets tight on itself.”
It’s u/socalfishman, however, that says “This is exactly why you have a coiler.”
Redditor sbmellen echoes this, explaining that “On small lobster boats, they have to coil the ropes by hand. My understanding is that they used to on the Bering Sea crab boats back in the day, as well.”
Former Fisherman Brings Home the Knowledge for Fellow ‘Deadliest Catch’ Fans
But it’s socalfishman who says, with his apt username, that he’s “worked on a lobster boat in Deer Isle Maine in the summers in the early 90’s.” By his experience, the Deadliest Catch tells his fellow Redditors he “coiled it all by hand but we weren’t fishing deep so it wasn’t a big deal and we didn’t reset much.”
In socalfishman’s day, “You pulled the pot, tookd what was in there and then reset it where you had it 90% of the time. You are fishing structure not migrating biomass.”
In addition, the fisherman says he “also had a chance to work a few offshore lobster trips where we fished the continental shelf. That was SKETCHY.”
Rather than dropping a pot at a time, socalfishman explains that “you dripped a string of 50 pots all tied together.” As a result, “The buoy went, and once it went over all 50 traps were going, hopefully in order with no tangles.”
This is accomplished through dropping an end line buoy off the back, “then all the traps were lined up on deck in a row,” socalfisherman clarifies.
Deadliest Catch fan Lord_Rae, however, retorts that the show’s crews “do get occasional knots.” But they’re few and far between.
Regardless, it is reality television. As such, production likely edits out the more uninteresting hold-ups like knots in the line. If a knot takes down a vessel, though, you can be sure we’ll see it on the show.