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Helping protect Alaska's ecosystem when millions of sockeye salmon migrate each year are commercial fishermen looking to reel in massive paydays. To preserve the environment and sustain the fisheries for future migrations, crews harvest up to 70 percent of the salmon during a four-week season. This series documents the drama on Bristol Bay, focusing on the work of five captains and their crews who best represent the 1,800 competitors angling for a potential fortune swimming just below the surface.

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The Ferrigno family sets a high bar with their monster size haul; the Thunder is in hot pursuit of salmon but disaster is imminent when another boat appears.
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Equipped with his boat's dual jet engines, Taran's first haul in Naknek is phenomenal; The Jimmy Jeff boat has stranded Luke and his crew in Egegik.
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With salmon demand at a seasonal high, Bristol Bay prepares to see a war of fisherman like never before.
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Captains battle for the last fish of the year as the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run comes to an end; Capt. Luke struggles to keep the Jimmy Jeff running long enough for him to hit his 100,000 pound goal.
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Crews are starting to feel the fatigue as salmon season grinds to a close; Captain Luke and the crew attempt to rescue another crew from a dangerous boat fire.
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Alaska Fish and Game has declared open fishing in Bristol Bay on Independence Day; competition becomes fierce as Irishman Tom Walsh finally one-ups his fishing partner Vince.
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It's do or die as the peak of Salmon season arrives with a vengeance in Bristol Bay; things are looking bleak for the Jimmy Jeff crew until Captain Luke tries a risky move that pays off in the form of red gold.
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Captain Luke's help from Mother Nature; setting out for risky fishing territory.

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