It’s week five on Wicked Tuna and The Hot Tuna is soundly at the top of the leaderboard. The boats are desperate to catch up and no one seems to have an issue with fishing on another captain’s numbers. These carefully guarded geographic coordinates don’t seem to be much of a secret. The Pinwheel is sitting next to Hot Tuna. The Dot Com gets rid of The Odysea only to end up battling it out for the prime spot with The Bounty Hunter.
Fishing in close proximity to another boat lessens everyone’s chances of catching a fish, so no one is happy about it. Worse, all the weekend warriors are crowding the captains. Tempers are running high, and getting angry doesn’t catch fish, but getting even might.
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Even with The Bounty Hunter in his space, Tricky Dave is the first to take a fish all the same. It’s no small catch, either. The crew hooks a 393 pound fish that takes in $18/lb. for a whopping $7,074. Rather than waste time, the guys decide to keep riding their high and do a turn and burn, heading back out to fish.
Marciano, on the Hard Merchandise, is still thinking about the double catch they took last week and heads back out to the numbers that treated them well. This is not a bad strategy, but little does he know that Paul on the Miss Sambvca has put his numbers out on the radio. That is one way to get rid of the googans in his surf. Mission accomplished Paulie. Except that there is going to be payback.
Marciano takes advantage of an old fishing superstition that bananas are bad luck. A covert banana planting operation ensues and the curse is surprisingly effective. Miss Sambvca gets nothing but sharks on the line and their battery goes dead. Fortunately, the crew finds the cursed bananas, but not in time to save a week’s worth of fishing.
Tyler, on The Pinwheel hooks up even though he’s anchored right next to The Hot Tuna. Captain Ott praises the tuna gods as Tyler’s fish snaps off the hook and makes a clean getaway. However, the next day, the boats are out on the same numbers again and this time, Tyler gets his fish. No one is a good sport about it, of course. In fact, Tyler may have a 170 pound fish that brings in $18/lb. for $3,060, but thanks to the The Hot Tuna, The Pinwheel gets hosed.
The Bounty Hunter hooks up a fish as well and this time Tricky Dave is happy for him. It’s easy to be generous when you’ve already got a cool 7k in your pocket. Unfortunately, the fish goes under the boat and gets away. Captain Bill Monte is crushed. All the same, he’s back again the next day and this time, the fish stays on the line. They come home with a 347 pound fish that brings in $18/lb. for $6,246.
At the end of week five, Dot Com’s fish pushed them ahead of The Bounty Hunter and Pinwheel has caught their second fish, but The Hot Tuna still holds a commanding lead. The captains are all revved up and ready for the race to get tighter. Can The Hot Tuna hold its spot at the top? Tune in next week to Wicked Tuna for Mission: Fishin! on Sunday March 30 at 8PM et/pt and find out!