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Into the Hot Zone

The fleet believes the gigantic schools will converge in the northern region of the zone, but cantankerous Captain Wes Humbyrd's vast experience tells him to stay near its southern border.

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It's the peak of Cook Inlet's salmon season -- these are the days when a fisherman can unload $30,000 of salmon in a single day and the competition can be fierce. Each captain makes the critical decision of where to drop their nets as some heed reports of the hot zone, while others defy the crowds. With an onslaught of fish around them, it's a race against time to pick the fish as quickly as possible and get the net back in the water before the fish leave the area.