Andy Hillstrand wiki-bio, age, married life, wife, net worth, brothers.

If you are a fan of the Discovery Channel TV show “Deadliest Catch”, you might be familiar with Captain Andy Hillstrand, one of the most adventurous and charismatic crab fishermen on the show. But do you know how he started his career, why he left the show, and what he is doing now? In this article, we will take a closer look at the life and career of Captain Andy, who has been fishing for over 30 years and has faced many challenges and controversies along the way.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameAndy Hillstrand
Date of birthSeptember23, 1963
Place of birthHomer, Alaska, USA
Zodiac sign Libra
HeightAbout 5ft 11 inch or 180 cm
WeightAbout 80 Kg or 176 pound
Eye colorBlue
Hair colorBrown
Marital statusMarried
SpouseSabrina Hillstrand
ChildrenTwo daughters (Chelsey and Cassie)
FatherJohn Hillstrand s.r
Role modelHis father, John Sr., who taught him how to fish and run a boat
SiblingsDavid, Johnathan, Andy, Michael, and Neal
OccupationCrab fisherman, horse trainer, reality TV star
Known forDeadliest Catch (2006-2023)
Net worthEstimated at $2 million
HobbiesFishing, hunting, riding horses, playing guitar
NicknameThe Axeman
Captain Andy hillstrand
Captain Andy Hillstrand

Early Life

He was born on September 25, 1963 and raised in Alaska, Andy grew up with his elder brother Johnathan Hillstrand. Both siblings practically lived in sea observing and learning family trades. Merely at the age of 7, Andy began fishing with his brother. While Andy followed fishing in his early years we have little or no information about his education. We can say he chose seas over anything and has achieved success as a commercial fisherman.

Andy Hillstrand is married to wife, their children

Andy spends half of his married life in the sea which can be tough in any relationship. Also, fishermen getting a divorce is not an unheard story. Unlike others, Andy has been married to Sabrina Hillstrand for over 33 years. He credits his wife for success in the relationship. In an interview Andy said; “It’s hard to stay married when you’re gone all the time. But I got a good woman, I guess.”

Andy and his wife gave birth to both of their daughters Cassandra and Chelsea Hillstrand in Alaska. Both parents call Cassandra Cassie. Cassie inspired Andy to learn horse riding and the story is interesting. Cassie had asked a horse as a present for her eighth birthday, although Andy and his wife thought it was too soon they indeed bought one. Initially, Andy learned to ride a horse just to teach Casie but in no time he mastered.

Andy hillstrand and his wife Sabrina Hillstrand
Andy Hillstrand and his wife Sabrina Hillstrand

Andy won the Alaska National Barrel Horse Association barrel racing reserve title in 1998. Then he was the state NBHA champ for two years running – 1999 and 2000. All thanks to his daughter’s horse in which he rode.

Around 2002 Andy along with family moved to Chandler, Indiana. There the couple explored their common interest spending time riding and helping others to ride in a 17-acre horse ranch they own. Andy supported his wife running a stable of thirteen horses and providing daily riding lessons, riding day camps.

Andy hillstrand riding horse

Currently, Andy and his wife Sabrina calls home to Virginia where they have dogs as pet. Before moving, the couple sold their Horse Ranch in Indiana.


Captain Andy began as the cast of Discovery Channel TV show, “Deadliest Catch” from its second season in 2006. The show illustrates the commercial crab fishing in Alaska as the boat captain and their crew raid off the coasts of Bearing Sea in pursuit of Crab. Since its inception, the show has gained extensive viewership and currently watched in over 200 countries.

In the show, Andy is known to captain FV time bandit during Opilio Crab Fishing Season while Johnathan takes charge of the boat during King Crab Fishing season. The boat is owned by three Hillstrand brothers Neal, Johnathan, and Andy himself. After being part of the show for a decade Andy departed the show in 2016. Neither FV Time Bandit or Hillstrand brothers are not featured in the 14th season of Deadliest Catch.

He faced some difficulties and controversies in his career, such as a lawsuit by Discovery Channel for allegedly failing to complete a spin-off show called “Hillstranded” in 2010, and another lawsuit by a crew member who was injured by a firework produced by their Hillstrand Fireworks brand in 2013.

After several years of retirement from “Deadliest Catch”, he changed his mind and returned to the show in its 19 seasons in 2023. He said that he missed fishing and working with his brother and crew. He is still active in fishing and TV as of now.

Net Worth

Andy Hillstrand inherited his passion for fishing from his father and grandfather, and has been working as a commercial fisherman for almost three decades. His net worth is estimated to be around $2 million as of 2023. He earns most of his income from his fishing and television career, as well as from the catch he sells.

Hillstrand Family and brother

Captain Andy was born as the third of five children from his father John Hillstrand s.r and his ex-wife. Descending with the age seniority David, Johnathan, Andy, Michael, and Neal Hillstrand are five brothers.

Three of the five Hillstrand Brothers work together in the sea. Johnathan and Andy co-captains FV time bandit while Neal is the boat’s chief engineer as well as the boat’s primary cook. Neal also works on deck and stands in as captain when necessary.

F/V time bandit captain Johnathan hillstrand
Hillstrand brothers Andy(L) and Johnathan

Not much information about Andy’s mother has surfaced in media however after the divorce she got married to another man. As for John Sr., he married Nancy Hillstrand who currently owns the family seafood distribution business.

Also, Hillstrand brothers are known to have a stepbrother named Lincoln Brewster who is a contemporary Christian musician. If we look at the Hillstrand family tree, his paternal grandparents Earl David Hillstrand and Mary Jane Lloyd who set the tradition of fishing in the family.

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