‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Sig Hansen Described the ‘Real Hook’ for Fans of the Show

by Quentin Blount
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Deadliest Catch is without a doubt one of the coolest shows out there. Sig Hansen, one of the show’s stars, once explained what the “real hook” is for the fans.

If you are a longtime fan of Deadliest Catch, then you know that Sig Hansen has a pretty sweet life. Since 2005, he has starred in every season of the show, which is a documentary on the Discovery Channel that follows crab fishermen aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. Hansen is an American whose family hails from Norway. He’s a fourth-generation fisherman, and the captain of the fishing vessel F/V Northwestern, which is one of the top producing boats in the entire fleet.

Another thing you probably know about the show is how bad the weather conditions can get for crab fishermen. That realistic aspect is one of the things that draw in so many fans. The 55-year-old crab fisherman and actor explained as much in a previous interview with fishing.net.

“It is usual in the TV world for a successful formula to be rapidly copied. Have you heard of any other shows of the type being made or planned?” an interviewer asked Hansen.

“Absolutely,” he said. “The production company that started The Deadliest Catch also did one with the lobstermen on the east coast. I think it’s going pretty well; it doesn’t have the same drama with the weather though. But the real hook to The Deadliest Catch is that its reality is at its most truthful, not like these made-up ‘reality’ TV shows. That is what people are intrigued by the most.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Can’t Stop Fishing

There’s no denying that Sig Hansen is one of the fan favorites on Deadliest Catch. If it weren’t for him, there’s no telling just how successful or popular the show would be. Hansen has actually considered retiring and letting his daughter Mandy take over the Northwestern, but his ego won’t let him. He even compared his inability to stop fishing to the 1976 Mary MacGregor song, “Torn Between Two Lovers”.

“I can’t stop, that’s the problem,” he told Entertainment Weekly back in 2019. “All of us are egomaniacs. You want to stop, but the ego portion won’t let me stop. There’s no way in hell. See what I mean? You are torn. You know that song ‘Torn Between Two Lovers? That’s kind of what is going on here.”

According to Hansen, one way to combat this situation would be to hire some kind of psychiatrist or psychologist to help him.

“Really what we need is a shrink. If we could get a god damn shrink in Dutch Harbor, we’d be better off.”

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