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Johnathan Hillstrand’s On-Line Chat Transcript 07 May 1

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juan: Have there ever been any knock-down drag-out fights on board any of the ships?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Yes. It'll get to a point of a long season or a bad season. In town at the end of the long season there'll be some fighting in bars. It's just that way, it's always been that way.

NNICU_RN: How old is the Time Bandit? How did you know this is what you wanted to do?

Johnathan Hillstrand: It's 15 years old. And ever since I was a kid and my dad would leave us to go fishing I wanted to be one of those guys.

niceone: I loved the flower pot. Ever do it to another crew?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Yes, we just started doing that. We do it to the Jennifer A, we get them with three on top of the line and then on the bottom, there's nine more coming. It's pretty good, my stomach hurt from laughing so much.

lilysmom: How did the Time Bandit get chosen to be on the show?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Just word of mouth I guess. People talking about us. They just called us up one day.

KY_Blue: I'll bet after all these shows you have had an increase in job applications, right?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Yes. When the boat's in the harbor, people are down there.

CrabWatcher: Are the crab boats subject to OSHA oversight and regulation?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Negative.

lhiiiz: We all know from the show that being a crabber is such a dangerous job; but I was wondering is there a job out there that you think you would be afraid to do?

Johnathan Hillstrand: I'm scared of driving on the freeway, when I come home it's culture shock. So I think you guys are crazy on the freeway. That's pretty darned dangerous!

UGABamf: I'm in a marine biology class in college and we've studied crab pots. Is bycatch a big problem for the Time Bandit?

Johnathan Hillstrand: No. Any crab we discard is unharmed. And with the 9-1/2 inch mesh at the back of the pot, it's one of the cleanest fisheries there is.

huskyfan: Has there ever been a time when you were ready to quit crabbing?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Yes, there's crabbing, there's heaven and hell - and they're right next to each other. Yes, something will happen to make me want to quit, but it's hard to get out of your blood. Last trip I was going to quit if one more plate of food hit me. Then we took a roll and five plates of spaghetti hit me. I quit - for about 20 minutes.

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