‘Deadliest Catch’ Captains Hook Las Vegas Landlubbers, Hunt for Greenhorns

It’s not at all easy fishing for King Crab in the frigid, hostile environment of the unforgiving Bering Sea, but Captain Phil Jonathan HillstrandHarris, right, and his sons from the Cornelia Maria, along with Captain Johnathan Hillstrand, left,  from the Time Bandit regularly make it look like child’s play weekly on the Discovery Channel cable TV show .  Well, ‘er almost… Phil Harris

Now you can catch these super stars of the sea thawed and being really daring – hanging out on land for a rarity – appearing at at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Showroom in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 29 at 1 p.m. and at 4 p.m. 

But Captain Phil and his sons Josh and Jake will be doing more than meeting their fans and signing autographs – they are on a nationwide hunt for a new “Greenhorn” that will join the Cornelia Marie crew in October for the upcoming King Crab season this fall. 

“Everywhere we go we get fans that think they can work on the boat,” states Josh Harris, Phil’s oldest son and a 4-year veteran or fishing on the Bering Sea. “So we decided to give them a shot at the brass ring and see who is out there and who has the guts to do the job.” 

Not up for fishing for illusive king crab this October on the Bering Sea? Don’t worry – Captain Phil along with his two sons and Capt Johnathan Hillstrand will be greeting fans as well. The first 200 people in line for each session at the Gold Coast Showroom on August 29 will have the opportunity to meet these famous crab-boat fishermen and receive an autograph. The first 400 people in line at each session will be invited to attend a special question and answer session where the captains will reveal unique stories about their adventures at sea. 

But the fun isn’t over yet.  During his Las Vegas visit, Captain Phil will also be launching Captain’s Reserve Coffees, guaranteed to keep you up all day and night- for weeks.  Guests are invited to try the Captain’s favorite brew which, along with assorted souvenir merchandise from the Cornelia Marie and Time bandit, will be on sale at the Gold Coast Gift Shop.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Wristbands will be required for admission to both sessions.  Captains and will be available beginning at Noon on August 29th on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of one wristband per person and attendance is limited to one session per person.

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