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'Deadliest Catch': The Wizard gets terrible news after successful haul

'Deadliest Catch': The Wizard Gets Terrible News After Successful Haul

On "Deadliest Catch," The Wizard vessel, under the captainship of Monte "The Mouse" Colburn, set out to catch some crab.

Unfortunately, they hit a snag when they realized their team set out too far after catching over $120,000 worth of sweet, sweet crab. They had to dump it all right back in the ocean, or else it would have been considered illegal.

CAPTAIN: "The pots, more than likely crab in every last one of them, we gotta dump them out before we go back to the west."

CREW MEMBER: "We just worked our as*es off to find this crap and we can't keep it ..."
CREW MEMBER: "This sucks."

Captain Colburn, who started on The Wizard in 1988, said there couldn't have been a worse way to start the trip.

Dumping and re-locating pots costs the Wizard time and money. Had the crew been within the boundaries, they would have each received $42,000 for how much crab they caught. The captain explained that all vessels are tracked via satellite and had they broken the rules, they would have gotten in trouble for it later.

Still, fans on Twitter were loving the episode -- some even eating crab from their home while enjoying the show.

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yorkiemum May 14 2014 at 1:59 PM

I find it a little more than coincidental that this happens to the Wizard after Capt Keith went to Washington during the government shutdown to testify before the Congress regarding the extreme hardships the shutdown was causing the entire fishing industry. They were unable to fish until the government began functioning again.

Considering the fishing time already lost because of the shutdown, they should have been given a warning and allowed to keep the catch.

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Jeremiah May 14 2014 at 3:17 PM

When a crew member signs on for work on a carb boat, he agrees to a contract that specifies what his share will be. If they don't bring in any crab, the captain, the skipper, the owner, and managment don't owe the signee anything. 15% of nothing equals nothing. When you sign a contract, you live by the letter and the meaning of the rules of the contract. Scheesh!

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John C. Skemp Jeremiah May 14 2014 at 3:31 PM

Seems like common sense to me too J., but these fools on this site want everything for nothing. They would rather see the captain on the street and the employees with the boat so that it goes to crap and falls apart, only to be sold for pennies on the $.

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usonlymale May 14 2014 at 9:38 PM

Had to be staged or Monte "The Mouse" Colburn just got a new nickname - Monte "The Moron" Colburn ... and ex-captain to boot.

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lthrnck68 May 14 2014 at 3:34 PM

Don't watch the show. Don't think much of any reality show. Question - don't these things carry GPS?

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dkatz57 lthrnck68 May 14 2014 at 4:17 PM

Yes, all boats have several types of navigation aids like GPS, AIS, radar, sonar, etc which pinpoint the boats location within as little as 50 feet. It's what's called a green horn mistake...not something I'd expect from Monte.

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EzinWy May 14 2014 at 8:52 PM

This wasn't "illegal". What do we have now - ObamaFishing in international waters ?

They baited and set their pots. They let them sit for a few days. And they hauled them in.

Enjoy !

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Shawn Bushway EzinWy May 14 2014 at 9:09 PM

Wow one can only hope that you don't breed or vote.

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lynn.salter May 14 2014 at 3:44 PM

Shoot!! You mean I missed one of the very few episodes where something actually happens besides.. throw out the pots.. pull in the pots.. throw out the pots... pull in the pots.. personal animosity, personal animosity.. throw out the pots.. pull in the p...

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baharmon78 lynn.salter May 14 2014 at 6:06 PM


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flang1 May 14 2014 at 8:40 PM

This charade is about as real as the mathematics that they present. Let's see; they had to dump $120,000 worth of crab. Yet, that cost each crewman $42,000. I would say that the Bovine Excrement Meter is maxed !!

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bob May 14 2014 at 8:35 PM

I bet that if the cameras weren't on the boat the crabs would not have been dumped, satellite tracking or not.

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urabigloser May 14 2014 at 4:06 PM

So he's been on the boat since 1988 but he hasn't learned the rules yet? he's the f*****g Captain. he should reach into his own pocket and kick down for the crew since he screwed up.
p.s. don't cry about the $43,000 you did not get, but will you spend a few bucks for a GPS system that's accurate?

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urabigloser May 14 2014 at 4:08 PM

Crew loses $43,000,but the lobsters live to grow fatter each day.

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jwest38664 urabigloser May 14 2014 at 4:36 PM


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