Keith Colburn

Recent Role:

Captain - Wizard on Deadliest Catch

Born:

3/10/1963

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  • Biography
  • Keith got his start in commercial fishing in the winter of 1985. Keith, a Lake Tahoe ski bum, was looking for a change and at 22 years of age jumped on a plane with his lifelong best friend Kurt Frankenberg. Together they landed in Kodiak, Alaska with no experience, a tent and $50 dollars. With only the romantic vision of working at sea and the rumor of big pay-days, Keith was determined to try something new and exciting. He started as a true greenhorn on the Alaska Trader, a 135 foot crabber/tender.

    The hook was set instantly for the young greenhorn. The fishing lifeand camaraderie of being part of a crew working in and against the elements captured him immediately. While initially looking only for adventure in Alaska's unknown waters, Keith found plenty of that, but also something unexpected a career.

    Keith quickly moved up to ranks from a full deckhand to the current position that he has now - a licensed captain and owner of the premier crab vessel the F/V Wizard.moreless

    Gender:

    Male

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    • In December of 2004, Keith's boat, the 100ft Sirene, was the first boat to be hired to clean up the 350,000 gallons of heavy Bunker C oil that was spilled by the soybean freighter the Selandany Ayu.

    • On Keith's first day of crabbing in the Norton Sound red crab fishery, he was almost pulled over the side because he stepped in the bight. This resulted in a ripped up ankle.

    • At the age of 14 Keith worked in a French restaurant.

    • Keith is partners with two other crab boats, the Fierce Allegiance and the Pinnacle.

    • On 04/23/07, Keith was involved with a live chat on Discovery's Fan site.

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