I caught my first fish at age 5 and was told "What a great job, you're such a good fisherman!" It was 30 years later that I saw the photo taken that day. That was a moment of clarity for me. I remember so vividly that day and how much I desired to fish. It was crystal clear then at the age of 35 why my life turned out the way it had.
Now I look back with no regrets on the experiences, heart aches, and passion that I've felt over those many years on the ocean. Viewers of season 2 of the Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch series caught a glimpse of the excitement and adventure that lies ahead with every trip. This dream will become a reality for thousands. Now it's time to show you all that passion and adventure on board a large seasonal king crab vessel. We will navigate in the safe waters off Ketchikan and Annette Island and promise to give you an experience you won't forget.
Terry began fishing with his father when he was 12 and has been doing it ever since. Before David's first trip to the Bering Sea he was told three things: get the biggest boat you can, get the best equipment and the best crew. He found the best in Terry. He is a phenominal engineer and captain. He can run a ship like a go-cart. He can fix just about anything, and if can't - he'll make it work long enough to get you by. He is a positive, uplifting individual who you would love to have on your team.
In February 2010 Derrick joined the crab vessel Cornelia Marie to fill in as Captain after the passing of our dear friend Phil Harris. Derrick was on board the Cornelia Marie for the opilio crab season and made his TV debut on the Deadliest Catch in 2010. Derrick has been a top-gun fisherman with his own boat, the 136 foot Siberian Sea, which was the "Hilton of the Bering Sea". His passion for fishing began in Seaside, OR, fishing Dungeness crab off the 12th Street bridge as a young boy. He partnered with David, Rick Quashnick on the Maverick, and Phil Harris on the Corneilia Marie. This was a hard group of fishermen to beat. Derrick has been in the number one slot out of 250 boats in the Bering Sea - a feat any fisherman would love to accomplish. Derrick and his crew live the life. He came to work with David on the tour to share his life's passion with others.
Hansen went to Alaska at age 13 and grew up on an 86 foot wood boat with his father in Prince William Sound. He took correspondence courses and mailed his school work to Juneau while crabbing and fishing for halibut and salmon. At age 17 he left for the Bering Sea and spent 15 years crabbing along the Aleutian Island chain all the way to the Russian border. He has a lot of stories and doesn't mind telling them! Clearly too old to haul 200 pots a day anymore, Hansen loves hauling in a couple of pots a day on tour and sharing his stories. "All the glory, but none of the pain!" he's fond of saying, "Besides, isn't it cool that people are interested enough in my job that they want to come do it with me for a couple hours?"
Hansen has had a long friendship with David and was actually a consultant during the construction of David's first Bering Sea crab boat, the Ocean Ballad, and was the Deck Boss during her first season in the Bering Sea back in 1993.