April 03, 2013 6:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Discovery Reveals 'Deadliest Catch' Season 9 Details (Exclusive)
It's a battle of the ages on the new season of Deadliest Catch.
The ninth season of Discovery's hit series will pit the veteran captains against the young deckhands and skippers when the show returns at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.
The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive details of the Emmy-winning show's upcoming season, which will see the seven skippers and their crew fighting through rough conditions in search of King and Opilio crab. But as the fleet faces off with the raging sea, they are quick to realize, that sometimes the most violent storms can come from within.
"This year a lot of young guys are trying to get a start, make a name for themselves," Northwestern Captain Sig Hansen says in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "When you've got guys that are hungry, that’s when things get nasty, that’s when the gloves are off -- especially when you've got experienced and inexperienced people playing in the same sandbox. That's when it's a war."
Meanwhile, Discovery also has set a series of one-hour "pregame" shows titled The Bait, which will give an inside look at the episode ahead from the captains, who will talk about fishing, drama and what to expect on that night's episode of Deadliest Catch. The Bait will debut at 8 p.m. April 16.
Here is Discovery's official story line for Deadliest Catch's ninth season:
Hansen, a 30-year veteran and a third-generation fisherman, will match skills against his old rivals: Keith Colburn of the Wizard; the Hillstrand brothers on the Time Bandit; and legendary skipper "Wild" Bill Wichrowski, who will return at the helm of the F/V Cape Caution. Young gun Captain Scott "Jr." Campbell and his newly rebuilt Seabrooke will be there to defend his status as a legend.
Meanwhile, the youngest skipper in the fleet, Elliott Neese, is all in this year as he returns as the owner of his own boat, the F/V Saga. With more than $1 million in the hole and 10 bucks to his name, the stakes have never been higher for Neese.
While the skippers wage war for crab supremacy, the youth seek opportunity. Time Bandit deckhand Josh Harris attempts to keep his father's fishing legacy alive, while on the Northwestern, both Edgar Hanson and Jake Anderson’s quest for a captain’s chair becomes closer to reality.
Deadliest Catch is produced by Thom Beers' Original Productions.