‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Sig Hansen Calls Camera Crews ‘Heroic’ for Braving the Conditions

by Amy Myers

While the anglers on Deadliest Catch are no doubt daring, the camera crews deserve a bit of credit, too, for bearing the Bering Sea.

During every storm that the deckhands have to endure, the cameramen are right there next to them, catching every second of the action. Captain of the Northwestern, Sig Hansen, has even praised these individuals for their commitment to their jobs. In fact, the Deadliest Catch star even shared that much of the time, the crews have to repair their cameras and equipment because it can’t withstand the cold.

“They are pretty weak for the first day or two, which is kind of nice for us – we know they are not in our faces for the first day or so, when they are green,” Hansen explained to Fishing.net. “Actually they are pretty heroic – I will give it to them – they are out there for the same times in the same conditions as we are. This last year they went to high-definition cameras and they couldn’t keep them going for more than thirty seconds at a time, they were freezing up that fast, so they were busy just fixing cameras.”

Not only do they have to put up with the freezing temperatures and driving rain, but they also have to maintain the same exhausting schedule. When the Deadliest Catch stars are on the water, they spend every second they can bringing opilio and king crabs on board. That means they sleep when the crab pots are empty, regardless of the time of day. Unfortunately, for the camera crew, this means they have to work the same number of hours.

Fellow ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Explains Difficulty of Filming

Not surprisingly, catching the thrilling parts of crab fishing can become quite difficult, especially with so many moving parts – literally. Fellow Deadliest Catch star Keith Colburn once detailed just how complicated it can be to coordinate between fishermen and cameramen.

“I mean sometimes, you gamble, and you’re going through an area. And now, you can’t go north, because I’ll tell you a story, right? And this involves the camera guys, as well,” Colburn told NickiSwift.com.

“So we’ve got a couple of guys on board, and one of them [is] supposed to go on Sig’s, and St. Paul, and he’s 80 miles southwest of them — it’s born north east 60 heavy. Okay, if you go from here to the end of your commute to get home, you got to put ice on,” Colburn continued.

“And so it’s like saying, ‘Hey, you need to get my camera guy here.’ The camera guys call and said, ‘Hey, we need to get the camera guy.’ Finally, money on the camera guy has flown in the morning from Burbank or whatever. Monte says, he goes, ‘You know what? If you can put two rockets on the back of this, we can be as good as St. Paul is right now for your camera dude.’”

Though the job is surely rewarding, being a Deadliest Catch cameraperson is no day at the beach.