It’s no secret that working on Deadly Catch is even harder work than you might think. It is impossible to climb this totem pole without getting your hands dirty, and not in one, but in several ways. The captain must change his morale to give himself the best chance of winning. That’s why, according to series veteran Sig Hansen, lying is the most useful tool in a fishing tackle box.
“Sometimes it comes down to who’s the best at lying,” the F/V Northwestern captain said in an interview. Tim Estiloz. “Despite the fact that you have friends, and they are different captains, you will still lie to them. You have to do it because your fishing secrets are your livelihood.”
Of course, some bouts of deceit don’t mean that opposing captains can’t support each other when the occasion calls for it. For example, in Season 17, Hansen, Jonathan Hillstrand and the other captains put aside their differences to band together and save the local fishery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with Hollywood soap box, Hillstrand talked about the camaraderie he feels with his fellow fishermen even in the heat of competition. “Sig is very competitive and all,” the captain said. “I hope everyone is doing well. He doesn’t believe me when I say this. He says: “Bulls ***”. I say, “No, I hope you’re doing well, Sig. I hope I do a little better than you, but I hope we do well.”