Opi season begins on tonight’s episode of Deadliest Catch, which means Sig Hansen is back in the Northwestern’s wheelhouse.
While he avoided the last storm, when brother Edgar was at the helm for Bairdi, the weather doesn’t let up. When a captain as seasoned as Sig says, “Whoa…” at the sight of a wave, you know it’s a big one.
Our exclusive sneak peek shows a 35-foot rogue wave slamming into the boat, causing Sig to duck in the wheelhouse and, as Edgar later notices, buckling the steel of the bow like a tin can.
“Gotta pay attention,” Sig says. “Gotta pay attention,”
Fans know that the season is building to Sig’s heart attack, which he suffered in the wheelhouse earlier this year. Speaking to Yahoo TV while recovery in March, he said, “We’d gone through quite a trying season already. We managed to damage the bow because of the first storm we went through. We managed to dodge an electrical fire, which was in the engine room. Fire is your biggest fear, and [my daughter] Mandy was on the boat, too, when the fire happened. That was a potential life-and-death situation, plus the insurance and all the things that come with a fire — the Coast Guard, and trying to get the boat back to the shore safely. And then the weather and the fishing itself. I went through a lot of god—- s–t this year.”
Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery.