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Season 5 Episodes
Season 5, Episode 16 - Air Date: 7/28/2009
The fleet receives a PAN PAN call that a fishing vessel has taken on water off Akutan Island. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk arrives on scene to find the Icy Mist grounded on the western shore of Akutan.
Day of Reckoning
Season 5, Episode 15 - Air Date: 7/21/2009
The Opilio season is almost over, but an arctic storm front has the skippers on edge. The boats race to plug their tanks with crab and get back to port unscathed.
Season 5, Episode 14 - Air Date: 7/14/2009
After three consecutive 25-hour shifts with poor numbers, dirty crab, and 400,000 pounds (180,000 kg) left in their quota, the crew of the Northwestern begins to think of home.
Ends of the Earth
Season 5, Episode 13 - Air Date: 7/7/2009
When the fleet gets word of great fishing by the ice pack, the chase is on to the ends of the earth!
A Slap in the Face or Kick in the Butt
Season 5, Episode 12 - Air Date: 6/30/2009
Halfway through the season, each skipper faces his own personal form of hell. Frozen crab, frozen gear, and a frozen harbor chill the hearts of the most callous of fishermen.
Season 5, Episode 11 - Air Date: 6/23/2009
After weeks battling freezing spray, forty foot waves, and sub-zero temperatures, skippers have begun plugging their boats with Opilio crab.
Sea of Misery
Season 5, Episode 10 - Air Date: 6/16/2009
It's week three of the Opilio Crab Season. Long hours and miserable conditions already have the crabbers turning on each other.
No Second Chances
Season 5, Episode 9 - Air Date: 6/9/2009
In this episode the fleet arrives on the Opi Grounds and boats struggle with ice, big seas, and bad information to hunt down the crab.
Season 5, Episode 8 - Air Date: 6/2/2009
The 2008 King crab season is over with and It's the start of the 2009 Opilio Crab Season. Anything the Bering Sea held back during King Season is now being paid out in spades.
Down to the Wire
Season 5, Episode 7 - Air Date: 5/19/2009
The king crab season is down to the wire and skippers are desperate to top off their quotas. It's looking bleak as crews pick through bone-yards of fished out grounds.
Season 5, Episode 6 - Air Date: 5/19/2009
A new deadline is set: an upcoming drop in the price of king crab has the skippers rushing to finish their season.
Long Haul, Short Fuses
Season 5, Episode 5 - Air Date: 5/12/2009
Crab pots still come up empty and the skippers are out of ideas. Low bait and long grinds take our crews to dark places -- the smallest infractions from a Greenhorn or fellow Deckhand cause tempers and even violence to flare.
Put up or Shut up
Season 5, Episode 4 - Air Date: 5/5/2009
It¹s week four of King Crab Season. Seven souls have perished, but the fishermen soldier on, in the hunt for crab.
Stay Focused or Die
Season 5, Episode 3 - Air Date: 4/28/2009
The fleet is still dialing into the crab, and already a typhoon has taken its toll. A boat has sunk - and bone-chilling accounts of the fate of its men relay around the fleet.
Red Skies in the Morning
Season 5, Episode 2 - Air Date: 4/21/2009
A vicious storm kicks up and a Mayday goes out. The Skippers are glued to their radios -- waiting to hear the fate of 11 brother fishermen in distress.
Everything on the Line
Season 5, Episode 1 - Air Date: 4/14/2009
The 2008 King crab fleet faces huge stakes - before boats even cast off. Skippers Keith and Phil could be sidelined by life threatening illnesses and all the boats are in debt from summer repairs.
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