There's been no particular shortage of high-stakes drama in Discovery's hit Alaska-set reality series "Deadliest Catch." And that drama is all the more engrossing as it's largely driven by the series' human stars, many of whom have been putting life, limb, and livelihood on the line in the icy waters of the Bering Sea for the entirety of the series' small screen tenure.

Those hardened fishermen hope to strike gold in the guise of pots filled to the brim with crab and other deep sea creatures. And yes, most of them began their fishing careers before the first cameras ever rolled on "Deadliest Catch."

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