In week seven, the Wicked Tuna fleet is drifting through a major lull and growing desperate to catch fish. The Bluefin remain elusive, but tempers are easy to find. When no one is catching fish, there are plenty of places to lay the blame. Tuna.com is currently at the top of the leaderboard, but The Hot Tuna and harpoon boat Lily are gunning for Tricky Dave’s newly acquired spot.
Spoiler alert! Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happened in this episode.
On the Dot Com, the crew is impatiently waiting for a bite. And for a minute they think they have one. Until they realize it’s a seal. Captain Dave isn’t fazed. Where there are seals, there is bait… and where there is bait, there is tuna.
Tuna.com’s next hook up is the real deal. It’s no small fish either. It weighs 500 pounds, is loaded with fat and at $18/lb nets them $9,000. Riding high, the crew is ready to get back out and catch another.
Paul on Miss Sambvca hasn’t caught a fish in two weeks. They need some tuna and they need it now. The finder marks a fish and the crew gets excited until they realized they’ve marked a whale.
The next fish they mark is definitely a tuna and they get it to bite. The fish is tricky though and at the very last minute chafes off the line. Paul is frustrated. The crew is angry and they end their weeks once again without a fish on their deck.
Captain Hollywood on the Lily is keeping a positive attitude, but with the addition of a plane to spot for the harpoon boat, even a quick trip is expensive. They burn at least 100 gallons of fuel and can’t afford to come up dry. Hollywood is off with his aim, however, and misses the first two attempts at a school of Bluefin. It looks easy from the boat, and first mate Ian wants his own turn at throwing the harpoon. Hollywood lets him have his chance. You’ve got to at least throw the harpoon to hit one, though, Ian!
The crew is still hopeful and Hollywood isn’t going to quit until he hits a fish. Mark spots a gigantic school of fish from the plane and this time, the captain’s aim is true. They pull in a 290-pounder for $14/lb. for a total of $4,060.
Tyler on The Pinwheel is holding on to the hope that being top boat last year means he can pull off a repeat. He thinks he can still out-fish the rest of the boats, but The Pinwheel crew is going to have to up their game. And Dot Com catching another isn’t doing much for morale. Still, Tyler believes their time is going to come. It better come fast and all at once though! They have a lot of pounds to pull in to get back to the top.
On The Hot Tuna, Captain TJ Ott takes a 150-mile ride to George’s Bank, where the tuna are rumored to be going off. It’s one their furthest fishing spots and they can count on costs being $3,000 just to leave the dock. His dad, Tim, insists that George’s Bank is a notoriously nasty place to fish, but the rest of the crew is willing to take the risk.
The first big bite is a blue dog, but the crew remains hopeful. (They really have no choice.) When at last they take in a fish, it’s a beauty, weighing in at 352 pounds and garnering a whopping $19/lb for a payoff of $6,688. This time, the gamble was worth the risk.
At the end of week seven, Tuna.com remains in the lead, but The Hot Tuna is only one good catch away from taking the lead. Meanwhile, Lily is pulling up not far behind. Will the Dot Com hold their lead? Will Tyler make good on his threat to close the gap in record time? Tune in next episode for Wicked Tuna: Battle Royale on Sunday April 20at 8PM et/pt and find out!