The Deadliest Catch's Sig Hansen on Miami Heat, Reality Show Fame, and Stress Relief
Captain Sig Hansen of Discovery's The Deadliest Catch is a man. A real man.
After all, he faces unrelenting storms, 900-pound swinging crab pots and arctic temperatures for a living -- a rare find in this modern world where the biggest workplace danger is carpal tunnel.
Deadliest Catch isn't just a clever title -- 129 per 100,000 Alaskan fishermen die on the job annually, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Rough statistics. And crab fishing is the most perilous of all.
During a brief respite from his on-board duties, Captain Hansen is making his way to South Florida on August 25 for an appearance at Seminole Hollywood Casino.
Cultist caught up to ask him about his upcoming trip, handling the heat, and how he relieves stress when risking life and limb.
Cultist: So, you're going from frigid temps to boiling heat. How are you looking forward to coming to South Florida?
Captain Sig Hansen: I've been to Florida but I don't think I've been to that city (Hollywood). Well, we've had our cold winter this year that's for sure, but no, it's fine, Florida's always been good. You do kind of tend to melt in that weather when you're so used to the cold.
Have you ever fished down here?
I haven't. We've been offered a few times, but you're usually in and out in a day. We never really get to stop and smell the roses. I might bring my wife this time and spend a few days to kind of enjoy.
Given that your chosen career is so high-risk, how do you wind down when you're not out on the boat?
It's just about being glad to be home, honestly, I just shut the gate and just stick with the family. That's what it's all about for us. We have a 32-foot bayliner here in Seattle, so we do a lot of salmon fishing when there's an open season. I'm not much of a golfer, I find it kind of irritating. With all the travel we do with Discovery, it's nice just to be home and relax, just do nothing.
I know you've been doing this since you were a kid. Do you ever get sick of the business? Of fishing? Or do you still love it as much as ever?
I love it even moreso now. I think, especially with a lot of the stuff we've done -- we have our own products, a book, a video game -- you see how it is for the 9 to 5 guys who are just trying to get something on the market. You see how hard is it to make anything happen. It makes me appreciate the fishing so much more. So you see it in a whole new light.