Bill Wichrowski wiki, bio, age, net worth, wife, kids, deadliest catch.

Captain Bill Wichrowski lives by two simple things, hard work, and honesty. And while his motto is simple, his methods are not. The man uses unconventional tricks and techniques to keep his crew motivated. This is also how he got the nickname, Capt. Wild Bill. One of the leading stars of the reality TV series Deadliest Catch, Bill is one of the most prominent king crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. With years of experience in the Navy to back himself up, Bill seems to make no wrong turns when it comes to navigating his ship to success. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Capt. Bill Wichrowski.

Bill Wichrowski is a Navy veteran, commercial fisherman, captain, and star of Discovery Channel’s award-winning Deadliest Catch. He is also known as Capt. Wild Bill for his unconventional and adventurous style of fishing. He has been fishing for king crabs in the Bering Sea for over three decades and has faced many challenges and dangers along the way. He is currently the captain of the fishing vessel Summer Bay and has also appeared in several spin-offs of the show, such as Deadliest Catch: Bloodline. He is originally from Pennsylvania but now lives in Mexico when he is not fishing. He has an estimated net worth of $3 Million as of 2023.

Early Life:

Bill Wichrowski was born on May 24, 1957, in Pennsylvania, United States. He may be one of the friendliest characters on screen, but the man likes to keep his fair share of secrets. There are few details about his early life and Bill doesn’t seem too keen on revealing them. Raised in Pennsylvania, Bill graduated from Norwin High School in 1975. He started fishing when he was 18 years old and joined the Navy soon after. He learned a lot of skills and discipline from the Navy that helped him in his fishing career. After wrapping up his four years of service at the Navy, Bill moved to the Bering Sea, lured by the smell of money from Alaska’s king-crab fishing.

Deadliest Catch Captain Bill Wichrowski
Deadliest Catch Captain Bill Wichrowski

Professional Career:

Bill moved to Alaska in 1980 and worked his way up from a greenhorn to a captain.  He has fished for king crabs, opilio crabs, bairdi crabs, cod, and salmon. He has faced many challenges and dangers on the sea, such as storms, ice, injuries, equipment failures, and competition. He has also lost some friends and crew members over the years. Captain is known for his unconventional and adventurous style of fishing.  He likes to try new things and push the limits. He also uses some tricks and techniques to motivate his crew, such as making bets, playing pranks, or giving rewards.

After nearly two and half decades in commercial fishing, Bill decided semi-retire in 2005. Following the decision, he started to run sportfishing tours out of Costa Rica and Alaska. Even though Bill was done with his life as a fisherman, the fisherman’s life was not done with him. In late 2008, the economy took a hit, and customers were few and far. So, after running sportfishing boats for three years, Bill decided to get in touch with his fisherman side.

Deadliest Catch:

Back in Alaska, Bill started king crab fishing once again and was making few profits. During the same time, Discovery Channel’s newest hit, Deadliest Catch, was the talk of the town. The series included some of the best captains in business and Bill wanted to be a part of that. His hard work finally paid off in 2010, when Captain Bill Wichrowski was announced as the newest addition to the series. Since he has appeared in 160 episodes of Deadliest Catch until 2022. Currently, Bill is captain of the fishing vessel Summer Bay.

Deadliest catch Captain Bill Wichrowski along with co star Nick McGlashan
Captain Bill Wichrowski along with co-star Nick McGlashan

In addition to Deadliest Catch, Bill has appeared in several spin-offs of the show including “Deadliest Catch: Bloodline.” Away from reality television, Bill has one movie credit for “Wiener Dog Nationals” (2013) in which he was given a part in the transportation department as “Captain Bill.”

Net Worth

The commercial fisherman and reality TV star, Bill has an estimated net worth of $3 M according. He has accumulated wealth through king crab fishing, reality TV show, and different business endeavors. He also sells merchandise under the Wild Bill’s Gear Shop.

Personal life:

Wife and Kids:

Bill Wichrowski has been married twice and is a father of three. Bill and his first wife gave birth to his eldest son  Zack Larson who inherits the surname of his mother. He then married Karen Gillis who became his second wife. The official date of the couple’s wedding is unknown. Also, it is not known how long Bill and Karen were together but in the years of marriage, they gave birth to two children Delia and Jake Wichrowski. 

By 2018, Bill and Karen had already separated and he was dating Mellisa Marie Taylor. Mellisa made it to Bill’s several Instagram posts until late 2019 but moving forward the pair could not sustain the relationship. Since the breakup, Bill has moved on with a new girlfriend although the name of the lady is yet to be revealed to the media.

Captain Wild Bill & his current girlfriend

Showing the rope:

In 2014, Bill introduced his eldest son Zack into the show as a deckhand. As Bill was absent for much of Zack’s childhood, the pair never saw eye to eye. As a result, Zack chose to part ways with his father in Season 13 and joined “Brenna A” with Captain Sean Dwyer.

Bill Wichrowski now:

Bill is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. During his off time from fishing he makes most of his offseason in San Carlos, Mexico home. He also likes to utilize his free time enjoying hobbies of traveling, horseback riding, NASCAR, and sports fishing.

Health Problems:

Bill Wichrowski has faced some health problems over the years due to his demanding and dangerous job as a crab fisherman. One of the most serious ones was his hip surgery in 2018, which he almost jeopardized by being too active after the operation. He had to rest for three weeks before he could return to his boat. He said that he lost some mobility but gained a lot of relief from the pain. He also became more active and spent more time on deck with his crew. Another challenge he faced was the COVID-19 pandemic, which made his work more difficult and uncertain. He had to quarantine before heading out, deal with limited vendors and resources, and fish without any surveys or quotas from the Alaska Fish and GameHe said that it was the most difficult season he ever endured

Social Media Presence:

Bill Wichrowski has a Twitter account @captwildbill where he posts about his fishing adventures, his opinions, and his passion for horses. He also has a Facebook account where he shares some of his personal photos and stories. Bill also has an Instagram account @captainwildbill_official where he has 66.7K followers and 375 posts. He shares photos and videos of his fishing trips, his family, his travels, and his hobbies. He also promotes his official website where you can find more information about him, his gear, and his boat.

Physical Traits:

Bill Wichrowski is a tall and muscular man with a rugged appearance. He has brown eyes, silver-white hair, and a thick beard. He often wears sunglasses, a cap, and a jacket. He has several tattoos on his arms and chest. He also has a distinctive voice and a stern demeanor.

Wiki/Bio facts

Name:Bill Wichrowski
Nickname:Wild Bill
Birth Date:May 24, 1957
Birth Place:Pennsylvania, United States
Age:66 years old
Education:Norwin High School
Profession:Television Personality, Fisherman, Boat Captain
Net Worth:$3 Million
Marital Status:Divorced
Ex-wife:Karen Gills
Ex-girlfriendMellisa Marie Taylor
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorSilver White
Social Media HandleFacebook


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