"Deadliest Catch" Season 8 begins at Seattle with Johnathan saying goodbye to his grandchildren, Edgar leaving once again after missing opilio season. Now it is time to fish, although flashbacks of injuries from last season loom in their recent memory.
In Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the announcement of the new crab quota in half from last season's red crab quota. To preserve the crab numbers, the Alaska Fish & Game sets the quota to prevent depletion of future generations of crab. Elliott Neese went up north for blue crabs last season and did well. Now the question is red or blue? The young guns, Scott Campbell and Elliott Neese opt for blue crab, while the old salts opt for red. Keith will try for both and after his boat is loaded for red, has his crew take the pots off and reload for blue crab pots. Wild Bill got rid of most of his inept crew from last season and now is having problems before heading out. On the Time Bandit, the newest crew member, Josh Harris arrived; the Harris boys cannot afford to run the Cornelia Marie this year. On the Northwestern, Edgar Hansen is back as the deck boss and engineer, Jake Harris, has found a new home with a new crew. Sig said he will not come down hard on him because the rest of the crew will do that for him.
Around midnight, the Northwestern crew decides to prank the Time Bandit. As the guys are all in their bunks, they set off a life raft and the fire alarm, and then a flour bath awaits Josh Harris. The war has been declared, as it always does good naturedly between these two boats.
As the Time Bandit, Northwestern and Kodiak head east, the rest of the fleet heads north to blue crab grounds off St. Matthew Island. The blue crab has been notorious for being hard to find, as the Cornelia Marie found out last king crab season when they opted to go for blues.
On the Ramblin' Rose, a big wave comes over the deck and engineer Aaron Steiner is thrown to the deck and hits his head, but claims to be alright. On the Seabrooke, Scotty's brother Whipper is back again, treading on thin ice, but blood is blood to the captain.
In the red crab grounds, Sig pulls the first pots of the season and they are clean and big putting smiles on the faces of the crew. The next pot has only one crab and the next just two and now things are not looking so great.
The Wizard is hauling its first pot of blues and only a sparse number is aboard and Danny is not experienced enough to watch out for the swinging pots on a slippery deck. Can things get any worse on the Bering Sea? Oh yes, this is "Deadliest Catch."
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