Cold Water Cowboys

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A vocation passed from father to son, the fishermen of “The Rock” have spanned generations. But disaster struck in 1992 when the cod stock collapsed and a moratorium was declared, effectively shutting the fishery down overnight. Many left the life of the sea… but not the Cold Water Cowboys. Premiering Tuesday, February 25 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Discovery, this original Canadian 10-part series by Paperny Entertainment journeys to Newfoundland to meet these men with salt water in their veins, and follows them through one intense fishing season.

Following six captains and their crews, Cold Water Cowboys ventures hundreds of kilometres offshore in the North Atlantic, facing swells as high as houses and icebergs the size of small cities. A time-honoured industry in the midst of an unprecedented sea of change, these captains are stubborn men who stuck to and survived this calamity by retooling and rebuilding the industry on new catches: crab, shrimp, turbot, herring, and mackerel. It’s a tough job – tough on the boats, tough on gear, tough on the human body – but these bred-in-the-bone fishermen will never trade their boats for boardrooms. Hometown pride and friendly competition rule the day, but when push comes to shove, they’re all part of the same fiercely-protective fishermen’s fraternity.

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Tuesday, February 25 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Discovery

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Cold Water Cowboys follows the action on fishing boats off the coast of Newfoundland through one intense fishing season.  This salty brotherhood from Canada’s most unique region faces swells as high as houses and icebergs the size of small...

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# Title Description Assets Available
1 GO HARD, GO FAST
Captain Richard Gillett is risking boat and crew to reach the rich crab grounds before his competition.  But his strategy involves punching through miles and miles of ice,... See More
2 OUTWIT, OUTSMART, OUTPLAY
Richard loves the thrill of fishing for herring and the hefty paycheque that comes with it.  And while he can nab that allotment in just a single cast of the net, finding the... See More
3 IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER
An idealistic day of fishing takes a devastating turn for Richard when his tow skiff suddenly capsizes and becomes fully submerged under the boat.  As the crew scrambles to... See More
4 PASSING THE TORCH
Richard’s profitable capelin seining season is finally here, but finding these elusive fish is easier said than done.  Immense concentration is essential if Richard is to hit... See More
5 TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
For Richard, getting back at the hunt for herring proves near impossible.  He needs to make up for a terrible season thus far and is hoping to turn a profit of $20,000 per... See More
6 HOLY MACKEREL!
It's the beginning of mackerel season in Newfoundland and all our fishermen want a piece of the action.  Richard hunts hard, hoping to fill his boat with mackerel.  It’s... See More
7 BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
It’s late fall, and the mackerel aren’t running at all on the northeast shore of Newfoundland.  Fearful of losing his veteran crew, Richard has decided to take the biggest... See More
8 BAND OF BROTHERS
Donald is out to prove that he can stand up with the big boys.  He races to Bonne Bay where reports of the biggest catches in memory are drawing in every boat in the region –... See More
9 HELL OF A LOT OF HERRING
After a tough season, Conway is hell bent on hunting down herring.  Everyone is bone-tired, and winter-like weather has pushed them to the limit.  They need to survive a... See More
10 WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
Herring hotshot Richard Gillett is determined to pay off his boat, and a huge order for fish from a new buyer might just be the ticket.  But first he has to out-smart and... See More