The Wizard and captain Keith have been toiling away looking for Blue crab. He has changed his course a few times and the southern end of the grounds didn’t change his luck. He has a greenhorn named Danny and he isn’t working out either. Everything is going wrong for Keith. Danny had to be pulled from the deck because of a hurt leg and his lack of worth on deck. Keith looks to be in for a long season.
The Seabrooke and Scott Cambell Jr. also are struggling with blue crab. His numbers have plummeted since Elliot of the Ramblin’ Rose showed up right on his lines. Jr. decided to grind his small numbers at the expense of the crew. He had them work insane hours catching 4s and 5s. His brother Whipper also started to piss him off with his laziness, and then Whipper hurt his hand, which cost him 36 hours on deck. The search for immortality is still going for this captain, but is a little harder to find then he thought.
The Ramblin’ Rose may be doing the worst of the whole fleet. Elliot Neese can’t find any crab even if he reaches into Jr’s boat to get them. Elliot’s crew also doesn’t respect him at all and badmouths him on deck. Elliot definitely doesn’t have the effect of some of the other captains on his men and they just stand up to his every command. His numbers are bad, but his crew morale is way worse.
The Time Bandit has been searching for good fishing so they can lay their fallen deckhand’s ashes into the sea. After Captain J. Hilstrand let a string soak for 50 hours, they got some crab. Hundreds and hundreds of red crab choked the boat’s pots. The crabbing was amazing and went on for 8 hours. After the string, the guys read some thoughts about Justin and then spread his ashes over the side of the boat. They then shot some semi-automatic guns into the water. It was a touching moment for a guy that died way too early at only 34 years old.
The Kodiak has been MIA this season. Wild Bill has had no luck early and has a new problem on deck in greenhorn Rainwater. Rainwater is a gung-ho guy who does everything with a chip on his shoulder. He also doesn’t measure the crab before loading them, which could be a big hit to all the deck hand’s wallets at the end of the season. Rainwater breaks down for a bit and cries because he is working so hard and getting so much shit. Wild Bill then decided to put Rainwater on the rail to throw the hook to change up the mojo. The move worked and the crab came flying into the boat. Stuffed pot after stuffed pot filled the hole and the morale of the crew went sky high.
As captain Keith said, the Bearing sea is either “Heaven or Hell”, there is no in between.