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‘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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Herpes Killing Thousands of Nevada Fish

If your recreational entertainment involves catching and fishing for carp at Lake Mojave, you best think of another hobby quick.   Thousands of dead carp have been washing to shore since mid-May, and authorities have pinpointed the koi herpes virus as the likely dastardly culprit. 

Nevada Division of Wildlife is warning anglers to avoid taking or handling carp until the massive die-off ends, even though they also state that the virus reportedly poses no threat to humans, and the lake is safe for water recreation activity.  

It is not known how the virus was introduced to Lake Mojave and officials currently have no virus mitigation plan. 

“There unfortunately isn’t much we can do.  There is no vaccine.  There is no cure,” says John Joberg, supervising fisheries biologist for the Nevada Division of Wildlife.   He added that experts think the virus might run its course and die as the water temperature increases.

But, please…play it safe- don’t kiss the fish!

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Learn How to Use Your Fly in Las Vegas

It’s not what you think.  Actually, some say it’s better, more skillful.  The Nevada Department of Wildlife  (the other flyfishingvariety) will be having a free Introduction to Fly Fishing class on April 25 at the NDOW Las Vegas office and the Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas. 

The classes will cover basics such as knot tying, terminology and the equipment needed to fly fish, along with casting skills. 

There is also another fly-tying workshop on April 28. 

For more information and registration contact Ivy Santee at 702-486-5127, ext. 3503.

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