Deadliest Catch captain drops anchor at Penn State Berks
At the age of 22, Colburn left behind his life as a Lake Tahoe ski bum, determined to try something new and exciting. He jumped on a plane and landed in Kodiak, Alaska, with a tent, $50, and a hazy but romantic vision of working at sea and the rumor of big paydays.
Colburn was instantly hooked by the fishing lifestyle and the camaraderie of being part of a crew working together against the elements. While initially looking only for adventure in Alaskan waters, Keith decided to make it a career.
In 1988, three years after he arrived, he became a full-share deckhand on the Wizard. He earned his U. S. Coast Guard license in 1990 and moved from the deck to the pilothouse. Two years later, he received his master's (captain) license and has remained there as the skipper.
In 2002, Colburn purchased the crabber Sirene (pronounced Sea-Wren), but continued to operate the Wizard. In 2004, he sold the fishing rights for the Sirene in a government- run fleet reduction program. When this program led to a reduction of the crabbing fleet from 250 to 80 crabbers, Keith purchased the Wizard to secure his stake in the crabbing industry.
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