Season 1 Episodes

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The Final Run

Season 1, Episode 10 - Air Date: 6/14/2005
With the deaths of the Big Valley crew, this Opilio crab season has been a rough one. On every boat, crew members are reaching their limit, but are spurred on by the pressure to catch a year's wages in the next 24 hours.
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The Clock is Ticking

Season 1, Episode 9 - Air Date: 6/7/2005
Eighty-four hours into the Opilio season, the hunt for crab intensifies as rumors of a possible closure prompt the men to push even harder.
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Good Fishing

Season 1, Episode 8 - Air Date: 5/31/2005
Unseasonably warm weather and calm seas have contributed to three days of record catches for the fleet.
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High Hopes

Season 1, Episode 7 - Air Date: 5/24/2005
Less than a day into the Opilio crab season, the Bering Sea has already claimed six lives. Despite these losses, the rest of the fleet begins to pull the pots they set 12 hours before, their hopes high.
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Man Overboard

Season 1, Episode 6 - Air Date: 5/17/2005
With one boat sunk and its crew missing, several Good Samaritan boats postpone their season to comb the frigid waters of the Bering Sea for survivors.
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Dead of Winter

Season 1, Episode 5 - Air Date: 5/10/2005
Opilio crab season is about to begin, and the forecast is glacial and dangerous. On a cold, rainy January day — when sunlight lasts just six hours — 171 boats begin the journey out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sailing up to 450 miles northwest of the small town in search of crab.
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Beat the Clock

Season 1, Episode 4 - Air Date: 5/3/2005
With less than half a day left in the Alaskan king crab season, the crews race the clock to get as much crab into the holding tanks as they can.
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Lady Luck

Season 1, Episode 3 - Air Date: 4/26/2005
It's hour 42 of the Alaskan king crab season and every captain feels the pressure, especially since the Alaska Department of Fish and Game just announced an early closure to the season.
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Long Sleepless Nights

Season 1, Episode 2 - Air Date: 4/19/2005
After a long, sleepless night of baiting and setting crab pots, the fishermen anxiously await the captain's call to begin hauling them in.
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Season 1, Episode 1 - Air Date: 4/12/2005
It's the first day of work at the world's deadliest job. Approximately 1,500 fishermen and 250 boats have converged on Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for the 2005 Alaskan king crab season.