The Crew

Ole Helgevold

Ole is the most veteran of Jake’s crew, having began his crabbing career in 1972. “If there’s a bounty on its shell, I’ve fished it,” he says. Ole fished with Sig Hansen’s dad, Sverre, and he once spent 4 hours evading Russian capture while fishing for Opies. Ole captained and owned his own boat, the Arctic Dawn, which was featured on American’s Deadliest Seasons, the progenitor to Deadliest Catch. He’s been out of the game for a while, but he’s come out of retirement to return to what he knows best: crabbing. This season, he’ll chiefing the Saga as a favor to longtime friend and boat owner, Lenny Herzog. He’ll also be a support for Jake, imparting his wisdom and experience to the novice captain.

 

SEAN DUNLOP

Sean started fishing straight out of high school. That was 30 years ago, and he’s been doing it ever since. Recently, he's been fishing Dungeness crab, to dismal results, and was more than happy to accept Jake's offer of a spot aboard the Saga. He's returning to Dutch Harbor for the first time in three years and is eager to reunite with old friends and get back to the Bering Sea. Sean loves being on deck, preferring to sweat and work it out with his brothers than to sit in the stuffy wheelhouse. Despite his affection for fishing, he considers it the ultimate love-hate relationship: "When I'm out there I hate it but when I'm home I miss it. It calls to me." Like any veteran fisherman, Sean's got lots of tales to tell, especially from the frenzied derby days of crabbing.

 
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David Felton

Born and raised in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, new Saga deckhand and engineer Dave Felton worked in heavy steel fabrication, welding, sand-blasting, and road construction until he was struck by moving equipment and had his back broken. He first worked for the Saga helping tear out and install a new refrigeration system, but he soon joined the crew for tendering and fit right in as one of the hardest working team members. The work he did on deck and on the sea actually helped him strengthen his core and recover from his broken back. Dave loves seeing the improvements he’s been able to put together for the Saga. He saw the boat and the issues it had when he arrived and it’s been a powerful experience to see the boat come together and become beautiful again. He’s fiercely loyal to Jake and the Saga and ready to go to bat against anyone who says that the Saga isn’t the top boat in the fleet. “Dave works really hard and expects the same out of everybody else,” Jake says. “He moved up quick from greenhorn to deckhand; it didn’t take him long to learn the fishing industry.”

 

More crew bios coming soon


Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
— Publilius Syrus