Nick McGlashan is a professional fisherman, who is known for appearing in Discovery’s reality TV series, Deadliest Catch.
He has been working with Captain “Wild” Bill for several years and has gained fame as one of the best deckhands in the fleet.
He was born in Akutan, Alaska, to Bruce Lanford, a commercial fisherman and a long-time friend of Wild Bill.
He spent his childhood between the remote Aleutian village of Akutan and the commercial fishing hub of Dutch Harbor.
When he was just 13, he joined the crab boat named Westling, which was captained and owned by his father.
His father owned and captained the boat for 30 years. His uncles ran the boat, and his aunts served as deckhands.
He worked on the F/V Arctic Mariner for six years before being hired by Captain Bill as a deckhand aboard the F/V Kodiak.
He has said that he enjoys working with Capt. Will Bill as he pushes his crew to become better deck person.
He has followed Wild Bill wherever he goes, from F/V Kodiak to F/V Cape Caution to F/V Summer Bay.
Wild Bill liked Nick for his “old school derby style” and capability of quickly fixing equipment malfunctions.
However, in the season 13 of the show, his addiction to substance came out, and he was fired from the boat.
Though crabbing on the Bering Sea is his lifelong dream, he got into addiction while trying to balance the work pressures at boats at a young age.
He had been hiding his problem for years, but it ultimately came out in the season 13, and Captain Wild Bill wasn’t happy to hear the news.
Despite the notoriety, being candid to the world about his addiction, he found himself in peace and motivated to enter the rehab facility.
Since the November of 2017, he has been clean and sober and is still in his recovery.
Amidst his road to recovery, he is still working in the fishing industry and is trying to help out other fishers with addiction issues.
He is now back as the deck boss for the 2018 opilio crab season on F/V Summer Bay.