EXCLUSIVE: 'Deadliest Catch' Star Johnathan Hillstrand's Rookie Mistake Lands Him in Hot Water

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For the past
11 years, the Bering Sea has become the home for audiences following the men
risking their lives aboard fishing vessels during crab fishing season on Deadliest
Catch
.

On the intense
new season, which returns to Discovery on Tuesday, March 29, the veteran
captains are joined by the show’s youngest skipper to date, 23-year-old Sean
Dwyer, who is following in the footsteps of his recently-departed father.

However, it’s
the show’s longtime captains who are making the rookie mistakes.

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In the
premiere, Jonathan Hillstrand, who became a full-time fisherman after high
school, misreads the time and rushes to get his pots in the water.

“I thought it
was noon, and I got excited and I had the guys drop a pot,” he explains in
ETonline’s exclusive clip, which shows a Coast Guard helicopter circling the
vessel.

By fishing
early, Hillstrand put himself in hot water with the law and the mistake could
cost him and his brother Andy a quarter million dollars -- and their fishing
license.

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Meanwhile,
life on the other veteran ships hasn’t been so easy. In the new season, Sig
Hansen makes a bold risk to search for crab in an area he hasn’t fished in over
a decade and Bill Wichrowski turns to his son to train a new crew.

The new season also comes after a dramatic year off-screen for the extended Deadliest Catch family. In July, a producer was shot and killed outside his Pasadena, California home. Joe McMahon, 25, worked on several episodes in 2013. Less than a month later, captain Tony Lara died at 50 after ten years manning the Cornelia Marie.

Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel.