Experience the “Deadliest Catch” – and live to tell!
From its first episode back in 2005, the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” has been a runaway hit, inspiring thousands of armchair adventurers with the unforgiving conditions and high stakes of crab fishing in the Bering Sea. What was once an obscure industry made superstars out of the rough-and-ready crew members of several Bering Sea vessels and put the home base of these commercial fishing operators, Dutch Harbor, in the spotlight. Located in the Aleutian Chain, the twin communities of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor are home not just to the crabbing fleet but also feature huge and valuable halibut, pollock, salmon, rockfish and cod fisheries.
Visitors can get a taste of the commercial fishing lifestyle with a couple of different tour options:
- Join the captain and crew of the Aleutian Ballad, a famous crab boat seen on season two of the “Deadliest Catch,” on the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour. Guests set out in the calm, protected waters near Ketchikan and relax in the vessel’s heated and sheltered outdoor amphitheater as they explore the incredible scenery of Alaska. On deck, a skilled fishing crew will haul up crab pots and long lines from the depths, revealing all manner of sea life including king crab, snow crab, shark, octopus, prawns, and rockfish. Guests often see bald eagles, seals, sea lions and whales during the trip, and will get an insider’s view of Alaskan fishermen working the scenic coastline. To learn more about Ketchikan – one of Alaska’s most popular cruise destinations – click here.
- Visitors can spend a day as a licensed crewmember aboard a working longline vessel out of Juneau, fishing commercially for halibut. Captain Andy Massey of the Alaskan Longliner has spent his career working the waters of Alaska, from the Inside Passage to the waters of the Bering Sea and will teach guests how to cut bait, set the gear and even how to haul fish aboard the vessel. At the end of the adventure, fish may be picked out and marked for purchase for guests to ship home. For more information on Juneau, click here.