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Brandon man offers insight into 'Deadliest Catch'

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From the outside it doesn't look like this Brandon business owner had one of the deadliest jobs in the world -- a job the Discovery Channel turned into a hit program.

Kevin Konkey lived and worked on the saga in the Bering Sea. His friends still work the waters on Deadliest Catch.

Getting one of those jobs is tough, and the lifestyle is tougher.

"The money used to be a lot better," he said. "It's gotten a lot tougher now, now that they have the quotas it's almost impossible to get a job on those boats. There is such a line to get 'em, if you're not part of the family, or you don't have any connections, you're not going to get on the boat."

Not many want the job. Kevin has photos of his boat rescuing a crabber in trouble, and Kevin himself has been close to the same edge.

"We rolled a boat over on its side, we were hit by a wave and the gear shifted, we had a full deck of gear and it shifted and rolled us over on the side where we actually took water down through the stack -- the pilot house windows were in the water and we were standing on the side of the boat," he recalled.

Cameras show the danger, but you don't see the dull part of the job -- the long weeks of work to get the boat ready.

"That's probably the biggest misconception," he observed. "A lot of work goes into just getting you out to the fishing ground, you'll spend weeks on end on land getting your gear ready."

He worked six years on the Bering Sea and is now locked into a land job running a different kind of crew. But he still thinks about trading in his cleaning suit for a survival suit.

"It's all about the attitude, really, on the boat -- the long hours, the hard work. If you're with good guys and you have a good attitude about it, it's really not that tough."

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