It's probably not a good idea to titty-twister this guy.
It's not those stray rays of sun that have thousands of people swarming Seattle's waterfront, it's CatchCon 2011, the Discovery Channel's second annual convention for fans of the hit show Deadliest Catch.
In advance of the premiere of the show's seventh season, gaggles of fans are crowding Pier 66 for the chance to stroll the decks of boats the Northwestern and the Wizard, and perhaps meet the enigmatic crab-boat captains who have made the show one of the most-viewed television series in Discovery's history.
This morning we spent some time with the captains, many of whom call the Seattle area home, and can confirm the personalities are as big in person as they are on screen. Some of what we learned: Ballard's Lockspot is crab boat captains' preferred bar of choice (with The Sloop runs a close second), mini-horses make great service animals, and there is such thing as a watch made of gold nuggets.
More facts from the show's stars:
The Hillstrand brothers got to meet Oprah Winfrey. They say "she's pretty hot for a fat chick" and had really nice hair.
If you want to take a picture of Johnathan, don't try and sneak it, just take it. Though he understands why people do it because it's the same thing he did when Samuel L. Jackson sat in from of him on a recent plane flight.
Andy has a horse named Snowflake, with whom he won two Alaska state rodeo championships, and a mini-horse named Morningstar.
Sig Hansen is still a Ballard man, and while he's not entirely happy with how the neighborhood has changed, thinks it's still "kinda neat" and a much happier place than it was 20 years ago.
The strangest thing ever brought up in a Northwestern crab pot? An alligator head.
Elliott, the youngest captain of the bunch, recently bought some halibut at Pike Place, took it home, cooked it, and threw it away because it tasted terrible. He says the quality of seafood Americans accept is "D." He suggests Trident seafood or the boats at Fisherman's Terminal for good-quality seafood.
If you're a fan of the show, CatchCon is sold out, but you might consider wandering down for a peek at the action--it's on until 6:30 tonight.