‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Bill Wichrowski Details ‘Horrifying’ Moment His Boat Almost Capsized

by Katie Maloney

Captain “Wild” Bill Wichrowski of “Deadliest Catch” is no stranger to peril.

For decades, Wichrowski has scaled treacherous seas in search of Alaskan king crab. But what events top the list of scariest moments for the “wild” captain? During a recent interview, Wichrowski actually talked about a recent occurrence that definitely makes the list of “horrifying” fishing moments.

“This is probably the most difficult season I’ve ever endured, and I’ve been coming up here since ’78,” said Wichrowski.

The “Deadliest Catch” star added that new pandemic protocols have derailed his ability to access onshore processing facilities.

“COVID made us appreciate when all the plants are operative and everything was status quo,” he said.”But we’re all fishermen, buddy.” 

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star ‘Wild’ Bill Has Close Call on the Water

During the most recent season of “Deadliest Catch,” Wichrowski had to navigate waters without advance intelligence from Alaska Fish and Game because usual surveys weren’t performed due to coronavirus restrictions. So, Wichrowski no longer had precise information about where all the crab was hanging out. in short, “Wild” Bill and his crew were fishing blind. They exhausted all the resources they had. But they also had to fish ever farther north, where icy conditions and unpredictable seas added additional danger to the operations.

“Yeah, it was the risk,” said Wichrowski. “From where we were fishing to St. Paul Island was over 300 miles. So you’re talking a 500-mile journey to deliver crab.” 

And one of those deliveries resulted in a pretty terrifying moment for the “Deadliest Catch” star.

“My last delivery, we were assessing the entry into St. Paul Harbor, and there was a boat waiting to come out. We had a pretty horrific moment there where we got rolled over on our side,” said Wichrowski. “We’re pushing farther north than we ever have. I mean, I’ve never fished as far north in 40-some years.”

Tune in for the latest episode of “Deadliest Catch” to see if the risks pay off for Wichrowski and his crew.

Captain Bill Says That, as a Captain, He ‘Can’t Really Show’ Fear

As mentioned above, captain Bill Wichrowski has faced many close calls during his time on the sea. However, the “Deadliest Catch” star says that it’s his duty, as captain, never to show fear to his crew. He talked about how he maintains composure during high-pressure moments during his interview with Larry King in 2014.

“When all goes wrong, when the boat is about to sink, everybody is going to look to the captain for answers,” said Wichrowski. “You know, we’re talking about these big seas. The crew will come upstairs when the boat takes a horrible roll. And they’ll look at you to see what your expression is. And you can’t really show them fear. You just have to look at them and just go ‘What are you guys doing up here? Get back to work.'”