The captains and crews of Wicked Tuna are heading into Week Six. The Hot Tuna still sits at the top of the leaderboard, but the other boats are creeping up on the top spot. The captains are pulling out all the stops, even bringing their lucky charms along with them. Catching a tuna takes more than good luck, however, and some of the boats come up dry, while others hit the jackpot.
Spoiler alert! Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happened in this episode.
On the first day of week six, Captain Marciano hooks two sharks and goes home without a tuna on The Hard Merchandise. The next day, his first two bites get away. Frustration is running high, but Marciano remains optimistic. After three days, they have nothing to show for their work. It’s halfway through the season, but Marciano is still confident that they will be able to put fish on the deck in the coming weeks.
Tuna.com has a good luck charm on board, Dave’s dog Pickles, but the crew isn’t convinced that he’s so lucky. In fact, word is that Pickles bites sometimes when the rod bends. Luckily no rods bend on this trip, and no fish for the day means that Pickles is staying on the dock next time, although Pickles doesn’t seem to like this news or the idea of heading back to the dock.
One the second day, the crew of the Dot Com comes across a “wolf pack” of tuna and snag one on the line. Unfortunately, they also snag some rope floating in the water. This makes for tricky fishing. They have to wrangle their line free, weakening its integrity, and their line threatens to break. All the while, the fish is still fighting. After an hour and plenty of stress, the crew finally pulls their fish to the deck. Their 487 pound fish brings in $18/lb for a whopping $8,946, putting Tricky Dave in the lead!
On The Hot Tuna, father and son are catching nothing but blue sharks. They’re gigantic fishes, but unfortunately not edible ones. The boys reminisce about old triumphs, but the lines are still. When they finally get a bite, Jarrett, the first mate, has one fighting fish on his hands. But twenty feet from the boat, it pulls the hook and gets away. The crew has a dry week coming home with nothing but memories of better fishing days and sore muscles from fighting the inedible blue dog.
On the spearfishing vessel Lily, Captain Hollywood seems to be sucking up everyone else’s luck. His first fish weighs in at 163 pounds at $17/lb for $2,771. Not a bad day’s work. In fact the captain is convinced that “There’s a new sheriff is in town and it’s Captain Hollywood”. He might even be right. The next day Marky in the spotting plane catches sight of a school that has 30 or 40 tuna, with enough fish that he can pick out the bigger ones for the harpoon. On day two, The Lily takes another 189-pounder at $14/lb for $2,646.
Paulie on Miss Sambvca has only caught one fish over the course of the whole season and has another slow week. Fortunately, he’s got his lucky charm on the board, his brother. And he is pretty lucky – at catching bait. Five hours later they have plenty of whiting and mackerel, but no tuna. They come home without fish, but at least the brothers have a family reunion to enjoy. After all, the mission isn’t always about the fish that make it back to the dock. Sometimes it’s about the catches you remember, like this photo of a young Paulie and a big pollock:
Paul says that being with family and recalling great fishing stories is like catching three fish in five minutes. This week, those memories will have to suffice.
At the end of week five, Dot Com’s fish has pushed them up to the top, knocking The Hot Tuna out of the lead and into second place, while The Lily’s two fish push them into third. Will the Dot Com hold their lead? Tune in next week to Wicked Tuna: Bad Latitude for on Sunday April 6 at 8PM et/pt and find out!