It’s not often that we catch Sig Hansen from Deadliest Catch not out on the water. So back in May when that time did come, he was able to answer a few questions.
Now, there is no question that Sig Hansen has a pretty awesome gig. He is the captain of the fishing vessel F/V Northwestern. And since 2005, he has been featured in every season of Deadliest Catch — a documentary television series that follows crab fishermen aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. Hansen, 55, sat down with Channel Guide Magazine back in May to talk about the challenges of crab season. And not only that, but he talked about he is jealous of one Steve Harvey.
“You know who I am jealous of? I am jealous of Steve Harvey and I don’t get jealous of anybody,” Hansen said of the telivision and radio presenter. “I just think it is so interesting how these guys make it work. And to me, it looks like fun on the job. My job is super fun when we’re doing well.”
Of course, we’d have to agree that Steve Harvey always looks like he is having fun with whatever he does. But so does Sig Hansen on Deadliest Catch. But when things don’t go so well, he said it makes him want to call it quits sometimes.
“When we are not doing well, you just want to throw in the towel.”
‘Deadliest Catch’ Star is Surprisingly Claustrophobic
Sig Hansen could have likely succeeded in just about anything if he didn’t choose fishing. Luckily, he talked about what profession he would have gone into if not for fishing. His answer was about as Sig Hansen as it gets.
“Now that I am such an old man, and a new grandfather again, had you asked me that question a few years ago, I would have said something with risk and reward, like a racecar driver,” he said. “I come to find out, Phil Harris and I, Jonathan (Hillstrand), and some of the guys we were in Charlotte, North Carolina, and got to see the NASCAR Coca-Cola and got to sit in one of the cars. And I was claustrophobic just sitting in the car!”
Hansen is used to being the captain of a boat. Apparently, that safe feeling out on the open water doesn’t quite translate to sitting in the driver’s seat of a NASCAR vehicle. But if his life would have went a different way, he thinks he could have still made it on television.
“I didn’t realize how claustrophobic I was. Now it would be fun to do something on television because number one, I am not risking my life. Number two, I am on land. And number three, it would be fun because you are learning something different.”