Wicked Tuna is back! Last season we all got hooked on the toughest fishing on the Atlantic, bringing in the elusive and wily bluefin tuna. Taking in a bluefin with a rod and reel is no small feat, but the rewards can be as monstrous as the fish. The fishermen are tough, but sometimes the competition is tougher. Everyone is wondering- who is the best of the best?
There are few more exciting and frustrating ways to make a living. The fishing vessels on Wicked Tuna have a short ten-week season to reap the bounty of the sea. Fishing is not inexpensive, however. The equipment, the fuel and paying the crew adds up to big bills that may or may not get paid off by a big catch. One big bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000, but long days with nothing to show at the dock can eat away at a Captain’s savings. Bluefin fishing is not for the faint of heart. One man’s catch is another man’s loss and the competition is fierce. Who are you rooting for? This season brings back all our old favorites and one new kid to the block. Who’s in the lead? For now it’s the Pin Wheel. Check out the leaderboard to see who’s on top and vote for your favorites. Currently the top three boats are:
Pin Wheel is run by a three-man crew from New Hampshire and led by a 24-year-old captain named Tyler. Tyler’s privileged background (he attended prep school where he met his first mate Alex) has afforded him his own boat at a young age. The kid can fish, but can he hold his own against the masters? So far it’s looking good for him.
Captain Dave Marciano supports three kids, including one in college, with the money he makes fishing bluefin tuna. First Mate Jason Muenzner, Marciano’s nephew, is learning the ropes from his uncle. Hard Merchandise is a beat-up, workhorse of a boat from 1984. Compared to the other crews’ boats, the Hard Merchandise has been described as the “bastard stepsister” of the fleet. Still, Hard Merchandise bring in the fish.
FV-Tuna.com is a fiercely competitive vessel led by Captain Dave Carraro. They get the fish. They’re the best and they know it. Captain Dave isn’t the most popular guy in the water, however. Envied and despised by the other boats, the FV-Tuna.com has been described as the “evil empire” of the sea. But will their winning streak endure?
The other three boats have yet to bring in a bluefin, but that could change this week. The three remaining boats are:
Whichever vessel is your favorite tune in and don’t forget to vote. The second season is going to be wicked and you don’t want to miss it! This week’s episode delves into the heart-pounding precision of harpooning with the Christina, but there’s no telling who is going to come home with the prize. Tune in and watch Wicked Tuna: Go Fish this Sunday at 9PM et/pt.