Comments: 785 • Responses: 76 • Date: 2013-04-30 17:13:20 UTCsource
echa73227 karma2013-04-30 17:33:39 UTC
Jonathan and Andy - I don't have a question, but I wanted to tell you that my boys and I have watched Deadliest Catch every season. You have helped instill in my boys (now 17 and 13) that every job is worth doing, and that there is no sin in leaving home clean and coming home dirty (admittedly, with some help from Mike Rowe too). Stay safe out there!
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TheHillstrands158 karma2013-04-30 17:54:40 UTC
Andy,John- Thanks a bunch
TheHillstrands218 karma2013-04-30 17:57:51 UTC
WE're on the chat: http://imgur.com/WjvN3O0
Peglegmoney_Jenkins190 karma2013-04-30 17:27:27 UTC
Best ship prank?
TheHillstrands518 karma2013-04-30 17:33:34 UTC
Jonathan - The truck on Phil's boat. We tied a truck to his buoy line. He thought it was a crab pot, but he pulled up a truck!
ClaudioRules188 karma2013-04-30 17:33:56 UTC
Hi Jonathan and Andy! Have you ever said to yourselves This Catch is simply just too Deadly!?
TheHillstrands199 karma2013-04-30 17:55:07 UTC
John-a few times
horse_you_rode_in_on180 karma2013-04-30 17:48:53 UTC
If you had to fight one hundred crab-sized Sigs or one Sig-sized crab, which would you choose?
TheHillstrands346 karma2013-04-30 18:03:02 UTC
John-I'll fight either one
BandGwith175 karma2013-04-30 17:34:04 UTC
Do you guys regularly eat crab?
TheHillstrands270 karma2013-04-30 17:56:38 UTC
John- who wouldn't
Teek23171 karma2013-04-30 17:25:19 UTC
Is having the camera crew on board more of a hindrance to work, or do you all put them to work every now and then too!?
TheHillstrands253 karma2013-04-30 17:35:41 UTC
JOnathan - no, they have a really hard job to do keeping up with us! Trying to get a story out of a non-scripted show.
theextramiles167 karma2013-04-30 18:12:36 UTC
Have you guys been to any industry parties where you feel really out of place because, well, you're the fucking Deadliest Catch cast?
TheHillstrands221 karma2013-04-30 18:18:03 UTC
Andy- Yes it's weird seeing the famous people you see on tv or the movies
TheHillstrands190 karma2013-04-30 18:18:25 UTC
John- everyones been pretty nice
TheHillstrands161 karma2013-04-30 17:14:01 UTC
An all new episode of Deadliest Catch begins tonight at 9 PM on Discovery Channel. Ask anything!
TheHillstrands145 karma2013-04-30 18:01:02 UTC
UPDATE: We're taking turns answering your questions http://i.imgur.com/JQGm48T.jpg http://i.imgur.com/mDHuboO.jpg
JustUs3K130 karma2013-04-30 17:33:35 UTC
Now that Josh has been able to tell everyone he bought the CM can you tell us if he has been coming to you guys for advice and if so about what.
TheHillstrands170 karma2013-04-30 17:54:11 UTC
Andy- Yes josh has asked for alot of advice and we help him anyway we can.
dltra121 karma2013-04-30 17:26:53 UTC
If you could 'borrow' a crew member from another boat, who would it be and why?
TheHillstrands217 karma2013-04-30 17:34:46 UTC
Jonathan - Wow, that's a tough one. If I stole one off every boat it would be.. Dream team...
fern24491 karma2013-04-30 17:28:45 UTC
What is the biggest difference you've noticed in the filming process of Deadliest Catch since you started in Season 2? The biggest difference in crab fishing since season 2, asides from the dropping quota?
TheHillstrands125 karma2013-04-30 17:45:17 UTC
-john go pros and high def theres not much they dont catch now days
crabby189 karma2013-04-30 17:26:52 UTC
Do you guys still have the hot tub on the TB?
TheHillstrands204 karma2013-04-30 17:37:56 UTC
Andy- No a crane fell on it and smashed it
fragem87 karma2013-04-30 17:32:50 UTC
What's your favorite midnight snack while working?
TheHillstrands153 karma2013-04-30 17:51:33 UTC
jeb93677 karma2013-04-30 17:34:14 UTC
How bad as the influx of greenhorns been since the popularity of the show? Has there been increased competition from random people buying boats thinking they will make it big?
TheHillstrands130 karma2013-04-30 17:57:16 UTC
John- there's been greenhorns since the first crabpot got pulled.
nexus_ssg72 karma2013-04-30 17:26:05 UTC
I love the show. What's the hardest part about the job? I can't imagine ever doing what you guys do. Props, and keep it up.
TheHillstrands104 karma2013-04-30 17:40:05 UTC
John- Everything about the job is hard thanks for the props.
Tangential_Comment72 karma2013-04-30 17:31:49 UTC
John and Andy, about how much per season do you guys spend on fireworks? I was just watching the episode where you guys talk about the history of your dad and The Time Bandit, it was great seeing you guys light them all off in honor of your dad!
TheHillstrands122 karma2013-04-30 17:51:16 UTC
Andy- Spend lots on fireworks, love to light fireworks.
Larry_Sellers_Hmwrk69 karma2013-04-30 17:33:57 UTC
What age do you plan on retiring? Who is in line to inherit the Time Bandit?
TheHillstrands108 karma2013-04-30 17:56:27 UTC
Andy-We look at all options like anyone else but just will keep crabbing for now.
sisterleonella63 karma2013-04-30 17:27:07 UTC
What are your plans for after you retire from crab fishing? (but please don't, I love you both)
TheHillstrands129 karma2013-04-30 17:33:55 UTC
Jonathan - Find a nice place to winter. And fish salmon in the summer.
graffiti8163 karma2013-04-30 17:28:47 UTC
How is the health of the fishery? Are the quotas directly related to that health and does the quota system actually make sense?
TheHillstrands108 karma2013-04-30 17:46:28 UTC
Andy- The fisheries are the most managed fisheries in the world for sustainability. The qoutas are based on the stock size of legal males.
Dakkonfire62 karma2013-04-30 17:30:55 UTC
Does anything get cut from the show that you just don't want shown?
TheHillstrands127 karma2013-04-30 17:48:01 UTC
john we wish haha
Firespray60 karma2013-04-30 17:31:28 UTC
How are the Harris brothers doing now?
TheHillstrands77 karma2013-04-30 17:49:18 UTC
john another damn good question
CaptWendi51 karma2013-04-30 18:10:39 UTC
Watching you on the show is always fun. Really enjoyed the Time Bandit special not only for the info on the vessel and your family but because it really showed other sides of both of you. Fair winds and big catches to you from the Gulf coast.
TheHillstrands54 karma2013-04-30 18:21:04 UTC
Andy- Thank you very much
KennetaD47 karma2013-04-30 18:12:29 UTC
Have things calmed down between you two and Keith/Monte of the Wizard
TheHillstrands64 karma2013-04-30 18:17:12 UTC
john- yeah can't go around being mad at each other like we said before leave it at the beach.
TheHillstrands57 karma2013-04-30 18:20:10 UTC
chipguy3245 karma2013-04-30 17:29:57 UTC
Can you comment on the stories that Discovery chops the footage to make things look worse than it actually is? Im not supporting these claims, but it seems to come up in discussions about Deadliest Catch alot.
TheHillstrands95 karma2013-04-30 18:04:59 UTC
john- Probably somebody who's never been on a boat in their life. I think it's worse than they can show sometimes
brewcrew7045 karma2013-04-30 17:32:59 UTC
Do you guys work only on the crab boats or have another job?
TheHillstrands96 karma2013-04-30 17:51:58 UTC
Andy-owning a crab boat is a full time job.
whstableboy42 karma2013-04-30 17:37:06 UTC
As catchers of many types of crab and fish, what is your favorite type of seafood to eat? Do you prefer it cooked in any particular style?
TheHillstrands80 karma2013-04-30 18:07:49 UTC
Andy- I like halibut alot
TheHillstrands69 karma2013-04-30 18:08:31 UTC
john-any kind of seafood is great but prawns are one of my favorites.
mikefromengland38 karma2013-04-30 18:14:34 UTC
Hi guys, big fan, one of a small number in the UK I'd bet.
What do you think Deadliest Catch has that has allowed it to succeed where a lot of similar shows have failed? There's a relatively small number of TV shows that make it anywhere near 9 seasons.
TheHillstrands87 karma2013-04-30 18:15:57 UTC
Andy- Only around cause of all you guys watching
marauderhex36 karma2013-04-30 17:27:45 UTC
To John, What was worse: Cracking the ribs on the bull ride or on the motorcycle drop?
TheHillstrands72 karma2013-04-30 17:59:34 UTC
john punctured lung on bull
kathyyoho36 karma2013-04-30 17:14:16 UTC
• What’s Capt. Andy’s average run mile time?
• Worst practical joke ever played on each other (either)?
• Did you inhale (either)?
• Biggest lie you have ever told?
TheHillstrands160 karma2013-04-30 17:19:15 UTC
My fastest average run time is never I walk.
TheHillstrands112 karma2013-04-30 17:23:55 UTC
me and Bill Clinton smoked once but we did not inhale (John)
TheHillstrands92 karma2013-04-30 17:18:00 UTC
Worst practical joke was Guys on Northwestern put dirty underware in our pot.
TheHillstrands57 karma2013-04-30 17:21:59 UTC
I never broke the window when i was 5 ( John) Don't have much use for liars.
Toadmaster35 karma2013-04-30 17:31:38 UTC
Who of the other captains on the show do enjoy spending the most time with?
TheHillstrands71 karma2013-04-30 17:50:03 UTC
john - Andy
yeeeeeehaaaw31 karma2013-04-30 17:19:41 UTC
I don't recall what episode or season it was but I remember that you guys were stressed out or something and just brought out some AR's and started shooting shit.
Is there any legitimate reason to have rifles on-board? Pirates? Greenpeace? Or just for the sake of being 'Murican'!
TheHillstrands114 karma2013-04-30 17:43:32 UTC
Andy- The reason we have guns onboard is if the boat ever sank and you were shipwrecked you'd need a gun to survive.
cyberbillygoat25 karma2013-04-30 18:09:40 UTC
On average.. How many hours of sleep, would you say, that your crew gets of sleep?
TheHillstrands42 karma2013-04-30 18:24:40 UTC
john not much 4 hrs at one shot if your lucky
crabby124 karma2013-04-30 17:47:26 UTC
Have either of you read Josh and Jakes book on their dad? If so, what did you think of it?
TheHillstrands69 karma2013-04-30 18:32:31 UTC
havent read it yet.might be hard to read that
jarsonic23 karma2013-04-30 17:36:20 UTC
It seems like, with reduced quotas, boat repairs, etc., it gets more and more difficult to break even, much less make a profit, catching Alaskan crab. Where do you see the industry / fleet in 10 years? Will it just be a few huge boats who have purchased all the quotas from other boats, or do you see things easing up a bit for the boat owners / operators?
TheHillstrands70 karma2013-04-30 18:06:04 UTC
Andy- wow that's a whole bunch of questions for a crabber to type. We'll be just fine
Lindell8222 karma2013-04-30 17:26:51 UTC
Andy- what was the meanest prank you ever pulled on John?
John- What was the meanest prank you pulled on Andy?
TheHillstrands41 karma2013-04-30 17:41:17 UTC
Andy- wasn't a mean one but john blew a seal bomb up when i was cleaning windows and i lit a seal bomb in a frying pan in the wheelhouse to get him back.
bcabano31221 karma2013-04-30 18:01:31 UTC
What is the biggest fish you have ever caught?
TheHillstrands64 karma2013-04-30 18:33:16 UTC
john halibut 545 dresssed
USMC8120 karma2013-04-30 17:37:43 UTC
Where either of you guys in the military or has it always been on a boat?
TheHillstrands52 karma2013-04-30 18:09:48 UTC
Andy- I thought about joining the Marines but the Fishing got me first
disconinja12720 karma2013-04-30 17:33:57 UTC
Will you guys be back in Kodiak any time soon?
TheHillstrands38 karma2013-04-30 17:55:34 UTC
Andy- not too sure boats working all the time to pay the bills.
jarsonic19 karma2013-04-30 17:41:24 UTC
What are the things you most want to pass on to your kids and the future Hillstrands once y'all are gone? What do you want your legacy to be?
TheHillstrands60 karma2013-04-30 18:12:56 UTC
John- work hard and be honest
Danny83118 karma2013-04-30 17:30:43 UTC
Hey Guys, I heard the rumor, that Andy is gone from the Boat, is that True?
TheHillstrands89 karma2013-04-30 17:47:24 UTC
Andy- I'm right here that's why they call them rumors.
baitshopboy17 karma2013-04-30 17:51:41 UTC
Other than crab fishing, what other types of fishing do you enjoy in your spare time?
TheHillstrands32 karma2013-04-30 18:02:21 UTC
John- Any type of fishing love it all.
Maxisepic17 karma2013-04-30 18:14:38 UTC
What is the average overhead cost for the boat for a season?
TheHillstrands30 karma2013-04-30 18:20:43 UTC
Andy- Can vary so much based on how long it takes to catch them
Wmdalford16 karma2013-04-30 18:19:48 UTC
What is the longest you have been on the water for one period of time?
TheHillstrands25 karma2013-04-30 18:27:04 UTC
Andy- 3 months
TheHillstrands26 karma2013-04-30 18:30:21 UTC
john 6 months
JeepMcMuddy16 karma2013-04-30 17:38:47 UTC
First things first, I'd love another Catch-Con in Seattle!! Secondly, do either of you play any Video Games in your off/down time?
TheHillstrands31 karma2013-04-30 18:11:13 UTC
John- i don't like video games Andy does though
crabby116 karma2013-04-30 17:37:26 UTC
Johnathan will you be coming to Virginia Beach VA this year?
It would be a great place to promote your books and the classic car shows here are awesome, would love to see your 55 chevy!!!
TheHillstrands26 karma2013-04-30 18:09:11 UTC
John- would love to but will have to see
Lindell8215 karma2013-04-30 17:37:00 UTC
Being that you guys have the HARDEST jobs EVER... if you could have gone in a different direction (career wise) what would you have picked? (Either)
TheHillstrands85 karma2013-04-30 18:07:26 UTC
john- President of the United States
jmartin70415 karma2013-04-30 17:33:17 UTC
Is your crew as high strung as you guys are?
TheHillstrands39 karma2013-04-30 17:53:31 UTC
john everyone is like they are on the show
TwinClover14 karma2013-04-30 18:11:33 UTC
How is it working as brothers? You see Sig and Edgar have some problems but you guys always seem good. Do you find it puts a strain on your relationship?
TheHillstrands28 karma2013-04-30 18:19:59 UTC
Andy- we do fine but that's because we've grown up running boats for ourselves or different people. Everyone argues though
G3514 karma2013-04-30 17:19:14 UTC
What do you do when you're not on the boat?
TheHillstrands51 karma2013-04-30 17:31:51 UTC
same stuff as everyone else.except everyday is saturday
YOURE_GONNA_HATE_ME14 karma2013-04-30 18:09:08 UTC
Andy why are you so hard on Scotty?
TheHillstrands40 karma2013-04-30 18:23:07 UTC
Andy- Don't think i am what some people see as hard others see as love keep watching the show.
whats_a_kimball14 karma2013-04-30 17:48:58 UTC
how much alcohol do you bring on board before you hit the seas
TheHillstrands61 karma2013-04-30 18:01:44 UTC
je7ome12 karma2013-04-30 18:20:14 UTC
Hey, guys. I mainly encountered you in Tucker Max's book, though I love what I've seen of Deadliest Catch. How did you feel about partying with him/his portrayal of you? Accurate, or did he fuck it up?
TheHillstrands35 karma2013-04-30 18:26:10 UTC
john light weight haha
mastermeat1412 karma2013-04-30 17:23:33 UTC
what do you guys do with your spare time when you aren't out catching crab?
TheHillstrands30 karma2013-04-30 17:37:25 UTC
answer is same things as everyone else.but everyday is saturday john
hoislady10 karma2013-04-30 17:41:35 UTC
I just want to say my husband and I are huge fans of you and you brother, and close second are the Hansen brothers. We religiously watch every Tuesday for the new episodes.
TheHillstrands21 karma2013-04-30 18:13:38 UTC
Andy,John- Thanks very much
jarsonic9 karma2013-04-30 17:38:04 UTC
What does the Time Bandit do for its summer / off-season tenders? Can you tell us what life on the Time Bandit looks like / what y'all are doing on the boat from season to season over the course of the year?
TheHillstrands21 karma2013-04-30 18:10:37 UTC
John- The boat working all the time not really any down time.
sugarplum4209 karma2013-04-30 17:28:20 UTC
TheHillstrands19 karma2013-04-30 18:00:28 UTC
bigdubb24918 karma2013-04-30 18:16:06 UTC
How much of what you guys do is legit or just showboating for the series. e.g. the lighting of the last hook, firing off fireworks etc.
How was the production crew effected by the loss of Phil?
How prevalent is drug abuse in that industry?
TheHillstrands19 karma2013-04-30 18:28:06 UTC
Sigs always bit herring and lit the hook and we've always loved fireworks
wolfzr28 karma2013-04-30 17:42:12 UTC
Do you guys see the crab fishery surviving in it's current state beyond the next 5 years? Would it ever return to derby fishing vs quota? Could it be fished out?
TheHillstrands26 karma2013-04-30 18:14:35 UTC
Andy- Fisheries have cycles like anything else in life of course it will survive unless a giant meteor takes us all out.
david-me8 karma2013-04-30 17:31:25 UTC
I love you guys. I feel like I know you! I heard somewhere that you guys were gonna have your own show. What can you tell us about that.
TheHillstrands25 karma2013-04-30 17:48:27 UTC
PhilGarber7 karma2013-04-30 17:59:32 UTC
Will you be at the Morris Community Theater this Friday?
TheHillstrands15 karma2013-04-30 18:33:42 UTC
john where's that at
latiena836 karma2013-04-30 18:09:52 UTC
Hi guys, we come from germany and we see the show from the beginning. we are very big fans of the time bandit and the cornelia. we don´t have any question, but we want to say you made a very good job and all of the guys are soooo cool.
very good luck for the next seasons.
greetings from CUXHAVEN/Germany
TheHillstrands8 karma2013-04-30 18:22:24 UTC
Andy- Thanks Danke
shaysch6 karma2013-04-30 18:28:29 UTC
Jonathan and Andy,
I would like to thank you for the many hours of entertainment. My husband son and middle daughter get so into your show especial when your boat is on. I crack up watching them. Thanks so much for the memories you have given them. If ever need a deck hand I’ll send you my husband and son ;0)
TheHillstrands19 karma2013-04-30 18:38:55 UTC
John,Andy Thanks alot we had a good time answering all the questions here today. Going on Conan Tonight on TBS at 11EST Make sure too catch the new episode of deadliest catch tonight on Discovery.
Wmdalford6 karma2013-04-30 18:15:00 UTC
What is the biggest crab you have ever caught? And what is the weirdest thing you have caught by accident? Thanks for the AMA! Huge Fan Love the show!
TheHillstrands17 karma2013-04-30 18:29:15 UTC
Andy- !6 inches across the shell so about 16 pounds
Wmdalford4 karma2013-04-30 18:18:17 UTC
Hey guys big fan! Do people recognize you a lot in public now? Thanks!
TheHillstrands7 karma2013-04-30 18:29:42 UTC
TheHillstrands6 karma2013-04-30 18:28:42 UTC
Andy- Sometimes people recognize you sometimes not
GaperMaker242 karma2013-04-30 17:41:23 UTC
How far apart do you usually set the pots and how much time does it take to get to them? How long should it take a good crew to pull a pot, get the crab out, rebait, send it back down, and then sort the crab? I don't think the show has ever explained how this all works. Thanks
TheHillstrands2 karma2013-04-30 18:12:30 UTC
Andy- That's a whole other story for another time It all varies and would take to long to explain.
Sicks662 karma2013-04-30 18:08:48 UTC
So Andy, heard you were from Indiana. Do you remember living in Gaston? My mother says you rented from My Great Grandmother.
TheHillstrands4 karma2013-04-30 18:23:47 UTC
Andy-No not from there and never rented sorry about your confusion
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