‘Deadliest Catch’: Sig Hansen ‘Can’t Stop’ Fishing and He Calls That a ‘Problem’

by Quentin Blount
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Sig Hansen can’t stop fishing. There are sure to be a lot of Outsiders who can relate to the Deadliest Catch star on this one.

Fishing all day, every day. That may sound like a dream to our fellow fishermen and women out there, but that is literally Sig Hansen’s life. He is the captain of the fishing vessel F/V Northwestern. You may recognize him considering he has been featured in every single season of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. For those out there who don’t know, the documentary series follows the lives of crab fishermen aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea.

However, despite fishing his whole life, the 55-year-old has been saying that it’s time for him to hang it up and pass the torch on to his daughter, Mandy. It will eventually be the responsibility of her and her husband to take over the Northwestern. The Deadliest Catch star explained as much in a 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“Oh, she’s fine. She and her husband can take it and run. I don’t care,” he said. “They are young, they got this. For me, I’m done. I got a foot out the door. My Mentality is different from what it was 20 years ago. You only get so many chances I’m hoping it makes sense.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Can’t Stop Fishing

If you are all caught up on Deadliest Catch, perhaps you are wondering why Sig Hansen still stars on the show. And why his daughter Mandy has yet to take over the Northwestern. With all of Hansen’s talk about retiring from the industry, that would make sense.

But we have yet to see that transition take place. Why? Well, because he simply can’t stop fishing. If you are an avid fisherman then you can probably relate. Hansen even compared his inability to quit to the 1976 Mary MacGregor song, “Torn Between Two Lovers”.

“I can’t stop, that’s the problem,” he admitted. “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.”

So, how can he fix that? Is there even a fix out there to be able to stop oneself from fishing? Hansen says he would entertain the idea of getting a psychiatrist to help him.

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

If you need more Deadliest Catch content in your life, don’t worry, there’s plenty more here on Outsider. Check out this story where Hansen opens up on the fatalities of fishing in the Bering Sea.

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