Parents have a big influence on how a child shapes up his career, and the notion could not be more true in the case of Andy Hillstrand. Andy is a third-generation Alaskan fisherman, his father and before them, grandfather were commercial fishermen. A veteran in fishing Andy co-captains F/V Time Bandit a 113-foot fishing boat built on the design by John Sr. Andy and his brother Johnathan share the captainship of the wheel during Opilio and King Crab Fishing season.
Born 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 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.
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 F/v 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 F/V Time Bandit or Hillstrand brothers are not featured in the 14th season of Deadliest Catch. Although Andy has not returned his brother Johnather appeared in several episodes in 2020.
In a long career as a fisherman that has spanned a few decades, Andy has earned fame and fortune. As of 2020, Andy Hillstrand has an estimated net worth of around $2M.
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 F/v 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.
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.
Age, Birthdate, Ethnicity
Andy Hillstrand was born on September23, 1963, in Homer, Alaska, U.S currently making him 56years of age. He is American if ethnicity is concerned Andy is of Caucasian origin.