‘Deadliest Catch’: Why Keith Colburn Says Cast are ‘All Fisherman and All Liars’

by Chase Thomas

Keith Colburn from the Deadliest Catch has a take on all fishermen from the cast and as a whole that may surprise you. As Colburn sees it, the cast of the show are “all fisherman and all liars.”

There you have it, Outsiders. Embellishment is the name of the game with the cast and with fisherman in Colburn’s estimation.

To add a bit more context to Colburn’s heater of a take, he was interviewed by TV Show Ace where he discussed a myriad of topics of the Deadliest Catch. His answer was spawned from a broader question surrounding the information pack on the show between the captains. His full answer on the subject read, “How long do you think it lasted April? I don’t want to spoil it, but when you see the burn barrel scene and then you see my hesitancy, I think it’ll pretty much give you a good idea of how things go. Good try.”

He continued, “But at the end of the day, it was good to actually work together. Some of us did help each other out. I’m not gonna say who, I would say probably the most unlikely of people, there was a little bit of comradery. It did help. And, in a small way, the guys did help each other out and band together.  At the end of the day, we are all fishermen and we are all liars. That’s just what we do.”

There is a bond with this group. It is inescapable, really. It’s an understanding of the brotherhood involved and how this all works. His perspective is shared by those in the group of the Deadliest Catch.

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So, with as much time spent on the boat as Colburn spends, or any captain or fisherman, one has to wonder if they’ve ever fallen asleep at the wheel. You could understand how that could be the case. You’re out there a long time, sometimes at odd hours. Has he ever fallen asleep at the wheel? Colburn said, “Yes. As a captain, no.”

Furthermore, it’s one thing when it’s just you, it’s another as a captain on the Deadliest Catch.

He continued, “I pride myself in that, but as a greenhorn, I fell asleep at the wheel… and on a wheel watch. Two days later, I went for an engine room check, the vessel I was on at the time had a long run through a companion way, all the way to his turn to get to the engine room.”

You can understand how that happens. It seems largely unavoidable at certain points. However, Colburn is honest about it, though. Also, you can tell he has a strong sense of pride having not done so while as a captain. Even better, you can watch new episodes of the Deadliest Catch on the Discovery channel.