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Deadliest Catch Cast Member Makes Waves in Western Mass

WEST deadliest catchSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –You’ve probably seen the Deadliest Catch, wincing and squirming in the process.

These guys don’t have it easy, fishing for crab for days on end.

Greenhorn Deckhand Nick Tokman was featured on the recently wrapped Season 9 of the Discovery Channel reality series. As it turns out, it wasn’t even his intent to get on the show. “The show kind of got me up there, not to be on the show, but to go crab fishing. I met Sig at a bar, I was lucky to meet him and everything, and he offered me a job, I kind of went from there,” admitted Tokman.

So how does a guy from Western Mass end up on the Northwestern in Alaska?

He first sees the show in college, works occasionally on boats to help pay for school, and then decides, “I didn’t want to work in an office kind of thing, and I wanted to try it. It’s a hard, very, very hard shot. For a guy with no experience, it’s practically impossible,” he said.

With rocking waves, and biting weather, things can get a bit scary at sea. “This time, I had to climb into the pot, and put the bait in. He forgot to put the dogs on. I got out and the pot set right out. I would’ve gone right with it. I was a little nervous,” laughed Tokman.

When things are a little calmer on solid land, he does have a little notoriety. “Sometimes people recognize you if you go to the bar. I always behave so I don’t have to worry about that,” he chuckled.

Nonetheless, Tokman says the show has changed his life for the better, and it shows.

He gets his nickname “Sunshine” for that constant ear to ear grin.

Tokman is only home until the end of the month, heading back out to sea on Sept. 23rd.

Of course, he can’t give away any tidbits on whether or not he’ll be on the next season.

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