The Season 8 premiere of Discovery Channel’s hit, Emmy-winning reality series Deadliest Catch, debuting April 10 at 9pm ET/PT, will be the show’s 100th episode. Captains Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand (F/V Time Bandit), Captain Sig Hansen (F/V Northwestern), Captain Keith Colburn (F/V Wizard), Captain “Wild Bill” Wichrowski (F/V Kodiak) and returning newer captains Scott Campbell Jr. (F/V Seabrooke) and Elliott Neese (F/V Ramblin’ Rose) again take to the icy Bering Sea to fish for Alaskan king crab.
This season, the crews have their fishing quota slashed by almost half, which brings home a cold economic reality. With the change in quota, the captains are faced with choices in strategy and tactics — who will go for the more elusive blue crab? Which boat will risk changing pots and gear in order to reap higher profits? Later in the season, fishing for opilio or “snow crab,” the fleet faces some of the harshest weather conditions any of them have ever experienced in more than 25 years of fishing.