‘Deadliest Catch’: How Mandy Hansen Navigates Having Sig Hansen as a ‘Boss’ and ‘Father’ at the Same Time

by Joe Rutland

Imagine being a daughter, Outsiders, who works for her father and he’s her boss, too. That is going on with “Deadliest Catch.”

Mandy Hansen is the daughter of longtime Captain Sig Hansen. She’s been a part of his crew recently and people probably want to know how that’s been working out.

Well, Mandy talked about it in a 2014 interview with Hollywood Soapbox.

“I wasn’t too worried about anyone else,” Mandy said. “I was just worried about my family and my crew, and proving myself to them … and being able to keep up on the pods. I didn’t want to be in their way either.”

She’s out there working with people who are crab fishing. If you have watched a “Deadliest Catch” episode, then you know they all face serious tests with the waves and water.

“A big wave comes up, and you realize where you are,” Mandy Hansen said. “That’s the only scary part. You don’t realize it’s that dangerous until you get one of those waves pop up.”

The show is still a part of The Discovery Channel lineup. Outsiders who enjoy thrill rides as part of their TV viewing know about them while watching captains and crew alike.

Well, this season of “Deadliest Catch” is coming to an end. Make sure you set time aside on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central. Keep an eye on Mandy and the other captains as it’s down to crunch time.

Sig Hansen Offered Some Thoughts On What It Takes To Be ‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain

But what does it take to be a captain on those fishing vessels?

Sig Hansen offers his thoughts on that based on his “Deadliest Catch” experiences and beyond.

He said, “To be a captain, you have to be an entrepreneur. You have to have that spirit.”

Hansen talked about it in an interview with Media Village in April. He also expanded on that original thought, meaning he had the belief and willingness around innovation.

Now, what does he mean by “entrepreneurial” when he talks about it? At one time, Sig Hansen might have taken a “me first” attitude with him and his team.

That’s been tweaked after having to work with his fellow captains in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As fishermen, we want to keep the numbers high, and we are always for ourselves,” Hansen said.
“We are always for ourselves, very competitive. Teamwork didn’t always pay off.”

The show remains one that definitely reflects those concerns when out in the ocean. But seeing those captains come together, even when it involved something that affects all teams, might be a change in the strategy. Keep an eye on them as this season ends soon.