‘Deadliest Catch’: Why Sig Hansen Doesn’t ‘Expect’ His Daughter Mandy to Be ‘Perfect’

by Courtney Blackann

“Deadliest Catch’s” Sig Hansen is a natural leader. The seasoned fisherman is not only more cool and collected than the competition, but he’s pretty crafty when it comes to narrowing down fishing spots. Despite the rough seas and harsh weather, Hansen and his crew always seem to get the work done.

And it appears his skills are all in the family. During the last few seasons of the show, Mandy, Hansen’s daughter, has had a larger presence on the show.

According to Captain Sig, that’s not going to slow down anytime soon. However, the Northwestern captain knows she’s still learning. Just because she’s family, doesn’t mean he’s going to treat her any better or worse than other crew members.

In an interview last year with Hollywood Life, the “Deadliest Catch” captain opened up about his daughter’s role on the show and his expectations of her.

“For me, it was a little nerve-wracking, but at the same time, I expect failure. I expect her to not be perfect. I have to remind myself of that. It’s really hard to remind yourself of that when you’re in the moment,” Hansen said.

From trusting people too much or giving away too much information, Mandy is still learning the nuances of the fishing game.

Captain Sig went on to say:

“When you watch the show because this is months later, I was like, “Oh my gosh. That happened. I guess I did say that.” But at the same time, it’s just fun to watch it for me, and you kind of learn about yourself because we’re living in the moment. You just do it and you move on. Also, you’ve got to relive your words, and then you have to learn again.”

“Deadliest Catch” Captain Understands Learning Takes Time

Whatever mistakes his daughter might make, though, Hansen knows she’s young and the learning curve is great. She will get there, he says.

“She’s been doing great. I’m proud of her. Who wouldn’t be? She got out of school and snuck into the system. I didn’t even get out of school like that. Back in my day, you had to finish. I didn’t know you could do it on a point system, so she totally screwed me. But it was worth it.”

When Mandy first began working on the fishing boats, she also had to learn the deck and work as a deckhand just like anyone else. She remembers the experience as a great tool. It helped her understand the importance of safety as well as the grueling hours it takes to make it in the business.

“In the beginning, of course, it was hard,” Hansen said. “It only got worse the longer I was out on deck because my hands were hurting so bad. They got so sore. I mean I couldn’t move my hands. I always wear rings. Of course, you can’t wear jewelry up there, but I couldn’t even get it past my nail line afterward.”