Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.What can we do while waiting for the new "Deadliest Catch" series to come on? I found a number of things to do that will help pass the time. How about pretending that you are the captain of a boat out on the Bering Sea, dropping pots to catch crab?
For those of you on Facebook, there is a "Deadliest Catch" game where you can be the captain of your own boat and fish for crabs in the Bering Sea. The "Deadliest Catch" Social game was released on February 14, 2011, and it was developed by Hive Media. In this game you can customize your avatar, choose and customize your ship, and hire a crew. Just like a real captain, you try to find the ideal spot for crab, take the boat out, and start fishing in the Bering Sea. Once out at sea, you can drop your pots anywhere you want, pull the crab pots on board and then start sorting them. This will be a game you can play and compete against your friends. You have to be careful though because along with the crab is trash. And you have to sort the big crab from the undersized crab.
Over 50,000 people had pre-registered for this game. That's a lot of new captains for the Bering Sea. I must admit that I am not too good at video games, but I found out that even I can "sort of" do this. Actually, I find it a fun way to spend an afternoon. . . But don't tell anyone.
The Discovery Channel website also has the "Deadliest Catch" game. You are the skipper and you choose your boat, the crew and the gear. Now you get to make the tough decisions that every Captain has to make. Where do we go? Where should we drop the pots? Are the seas too rough?
When you begin, you have a certain amount of money and you can pick out your boat, and add the amenities you want to take on your trip like food, tools, first aid kit and the crew's quarters. Next, you can choose the crew. After that's all taken care of, you are aboard your boat and plotting your course. In this game, you need to check the bulletin board. This is where you find out what's happening with the crew or boat, and you assign crewmembers to do certain tasks. The bulletin board also tells you the health of each crewmember.
Both games are a wonderful way to spend some time as you wait for the "Deadliest Catch" series to come back on.
Saturday March 27, 2011 there was an all day marathon of past seasons of the "Deadliest Catch". This is an indication they are gearing up for the new episodes coming up on April 12. I did a little digging on the internet and discovered the names of the new crew members who will be sharing our TV time.
The Seabrooke has Captain Scott Campbell Jr. He is 36 years old and his home is in Walla Walla, Washington. According to Fancast website, Scott mentions some things that happen on his boat. There is conflict with his older brother, who is also the deck boss on board the Seabrooke Seems he doesn't like to take orders from younger brother.
All right, this sounds familiar, because we all know who brothers who work together can add spice to the series. Think of Sig and Edger and Keith and Monte. Although the exception to this seems to be the two brothers on board the Time Bandit who seem to get along.
Another thing that the Seabrooke will bring to the series that is different than the other boats is the way they sort the crab and return the she-crabs and juveniles back to the ocean. The other crewmembers of the Seabrooke include Bob Perkey. He is the relief Captain/Engineer. Mike Bouray is the Relief Engineer/Deckhand. The other Deckhands are MacWhite, Derrick Haist and Chris "Whipper" Welch is the Greenhorn Deckhand.
The Ramblin' Rose aptly nicknamed the Floating Frat House, because of all the young blood aboard has Elliot Neese as the Captain. Apparently, Elliot Neese heard that one of his captain friends turned down the chance of being featured on the "Deadliest Catch" show. He called up the producers and asked if he could be a part of the show. Apparently, his boat and crew had what producers were looking for and they made the Ramblin' Rose part of the "Deadliest Catch" series. Kevin Davis is the Deck boss with Faresa Iaulualo, Tim Lovins and James Crell as the Deckhands.
There are other new or not so new crewmembers coming on board the familiar boats. They include Crosby Leveen how is one of the Deckhands on the Wizard and the Wizare wouldn't be the Wizard without another new greenhorn. This time it is Paul Edgren who has the honor.
Jake Jolibois and Eric Anderson are joining the Kodiac as Deckhands. Mark Peterson will be coming on board the Northwestern as the new Deckhand. Justin Tennison is joining the Time Bandit crew as Deckhand.
There are probably more changes in store when the boats go out for Opie season. We'll have to turn in and see who makes it and who doesn't. It should be an exciting year for Season 7. So while you wait, why not try out one of the "Deadliest Catch" games and see if you have what it takes to be a Captain on the Bering Sea.
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