PORTLAND – Some of the crab-fishing stars of the Discovery Channel’s hit reality show “Deadliest Catch” will swap fish stories on the stage of Portland’s Merrill Auditorium in September.

“A Night with Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Tickets are on sale now, for $29.50 to $37.50, at the box office, at portix.com and by calling 842-0800.

The evening will feature Sig Hansen, captain of the fishing boat Northwestern, as well as Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand, brothers and co-captains of the fishing vessel Time Bandit.

The show, which began in 2005, follows several boat crews as they fish for crabs in the treacherous Bering Sea.

The show at Merrill Auditorium, part of a national tour, will include video not shown on television, as well as a question-and-answer session with the fishermen.

Hansen, 43, the son of a Norwegian fisherman, began fishing when he was 14. He became captain of the Northwestern when he was 26. On the show, he’s shown pushing his crews to work long hours in harsh conditions, but also lending a fatherly ear to the boat mates. He is now training his brother Edgar to take over as captain.

Andy Hillstrand, 45, and Jonathan Hillstrand, 46, were born in Alaska and began fishing as children. Jonathan has also been a lobsterman in New England during his long fishing career. Andy, who lives in Indiana when he’s not fishing, is the grandfather of two.

“Deadliest Catch” airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the Discovery Channel.


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