BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO -- “Wild Bill” Wichorowski has made a name for himself since becoming part of Discovery Channel’s hit show, “Deadliest Catch” (Tuesdays at 9pm ET). He was recently with the rest of the captains to discuss the most recent crab seasons with Mike Rowe on “After the Catch” (Tuesdays at 10pm ET). Wichorowski talks about crabs, the Kodiak and going virtual in the “Deadliest Catch” video games in this exclusive video interview below.
Bill's motto is "hard work and honesty," though he has been known to use unconventional methods -- that partly explain the nickname "Wild" -- to keep his crew going strong. While Bill has a potentially intimidating reputation, his long history as a naval engineer and boat electrician means he backs up his words with the skills to get the job done.
Bill's son, Zack, will be joining the Kodiak's crew, and Bill is looking forward to learning to work together. This captain is no stranger to challenging crew situations though; for years he hired only Samoan crews and learned how to earn the respect of these fiercely independent fishermen.
After spending the past few years running marlin sports-fishing boats out of Mexico, he’s now determined to get back in the saddle and break into the tight-knit circle of Deadliest Catch captains. Bill subscribes to the "old school" of fishing, and he won't hesitate to share his opinions with the other skippers.
Last year, Bill was happy but hesitant to bring his son Zach on board, and while the two were physically close, they remained otherwise distant. Their relationship may develop more as Zach returns as a second-year greenhorn. Opies went a bit better for Bill and, despite a rough start and a fired crew member, he finished out the season strong.