Ed Hansen’s Online Chat Transcript 07 May 29

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brownie: Is there a difference between opilio and king crab fishing grounds?

Edgar Hansen: There is. Opilio crab are much deeper and farther up to the Northwest. Where king crab are much shallower and farther to the east, in the Bering Sea.

deltagamgirl: What are the things that make you really mad at sea?

Edgar Hansen: People that don't listen, or you have to tell somebody four times, or show somebody four times, how to do something. And when we're not catching crab. You just have to grin and bear it! Keep a positive attitude.

captbeam: What is the stupidest thing you have either seen or heard of a greenhorn doing?

Edgar Hansen: I've done a couple of stupid things myself. Actually, one of the dumbest things I ever heard of was a boat was tying up to the dock, and a guy was up on the bow and he was going to throw the tie—up line to the dock. And when he threw it, he didn't let go so he went over the side of the boat, line and all. We've also told greenhorns that there are mail buoys out in the Bering Sea, so if you wanted to write a letter, go ahead and write it and we'd drop it off at the buoy for them.

northerngirl: How soon after your stint on Trading Spaces did you find out that you would be on TV again doing Deadliest Catch?

Edgar Hansen: We were actually on the very first episode on a Discovery Channel series called Deadliest Season, the same year we did Trading Spaces. And then the year after that we did the Deadliest Catch. Trading Spaces catapulted my debut in the filming industry. LOL

DrNoisewater: When you first heard about the possibility of Deadliest Catch, what was your reaction?

Edgar Hansen: Nobody in the industry knew that this was going to be as big as it's gotten. We thought it might be fun, you know, to get our little five minutes of fame. Not realizing that it would turn out to be a global thing. We hope and pray that we're representing the fleet in a professional manner, with a little Edgar thrown in on the side!

mdnoble: Is sarcasm a trait your entire family has, or do you and your brother just use it on board to keep things interesting?

Edgar Hansen: God no, sarcasm's been handed down to us for four generations. It comes with the territory. If you're a fisherman, then you're sarcastic. We just happen to be better at it then most. We can be big teddy bears, too.

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