With the bairdi season coming to a close on Deadliest Catch, captain Edgar Hansen and the crew of the Northwestern had filled just 14 percent of their target quota. The crew had bad luck in the spot the main captain, Sig Hansen, had insisted they drop their pots.
After collecting 150 almost-empty pots from Sig’s string, Edgar decided to pull all the gear and move 120 miles west. His gamble ultimately paid off bigtime. After pulling two full pots up he said, “We doubled the crab we have onboard from 150 pots — in two pots!”
Edgar was shocked when they pulled up a pot containing 271 clean bairdi crab. “I’ve never seen nothing like this,” he said. “I think the biggest pot we ever saw with bairdi since I ran the boat was — I don’t even know. Did we break 100, 150? I can’t even remember.”
It took the Northwestern just one pass through their gear to put over 60,000 pounds of bairdi on the boat. A flabbergasted Edgar said, “When is the last time that happened?” He added, “I’m marking a notch in the bedpost on this one.”
Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery.
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